Four Fall Wellness Tips

Our modern lifestyle doesn’t always lend itself to connection to the seasons, but we are creatures of nature and the turn of the weather inevitably affects us. Traditional practices can help us

1.) Turn to grounding, warming, whole foods

Fall harvest vegetables are wonderfully nourishing. As the weather turns colder, many of us find soups and stews to be fall comfort foods, especially those with warming spices such as ginger, cardamon, or turmeric.

Cooked breakfast foods make a great start to the day. If grain based porridges don’t agree with you, or you just want a change, the legumes in traditional Indian Kitchari might help fortify for your morning. Find more ideas here.

JenMueller_FinalImageJenMueller_ClassicColorJenMueller_Oct82012_00072) Exercise

Ayurvedics believe the heat of exercise burns off excess Vata (wind) energy prevalent in the fall. Modern scientists have found that elevating our core temperatures helps burn off cold viruses.

If either of those reasons isn’t compelling, the benefits of exercise have been documented quite thoroughly for everything from heart health to weight maintenance to helping our moods, important as sunlight fades.

Prenatal and postnatal yoga combine strength and endurance building exercises with relaxation, focus, and breathwork. For readers not meeting the prenatal/postnatal prerequisite, our partner venue Realignment Studio for classes in several different styles.

11994398_10101454968683135_878199909_n3) Slow down

The hustle of back-to-school, new schedules, and the fall social calendar can leave you feeling dried out and drained. Restorative or gentle yoga might be exactly what you need, especially if your exercise routine is heavy in aerobic or resistance training.

family class foot massage, preschooler yogaRealignment Studio offers gentle classes and a monthly restorative workshop for grown ups, but kids benefit from slower practices too and engaging in self care with your child can be very rewarding. Simple things like foot massages with lotion can be ways to give and receive kindness and nurturing touch.

Check out my ChildLight Yoga blog post for instructions on setting up the restorative pictured left. Once in a restorative posture, a guided meditation may be help your child relax. One of my favorites is the Bye Bye boat by Cosmic Kids Yoga, the basic narrative of which can be adjusted to match the age of the child.

11264173_354402441436124_134856424_n4) Fortify against cold season

My go-to ward-off-colds tea recipe is simple, warming, and a great way to incorporate turmeric in your diet.

Combine the following in a mug:

  • 2 tablespoons of honey,
  • a heaping tablespoonful of of turmeric,
  • a half teaspoon of ginger,
  • a generous sprinkling of cinnamon and cardamon,
  • a dash of black pepper.

Fill the mug halfway with boiling water and mix the spices and honey.

Fill to the top with your preferred milk or milk substitute.

 

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9:45 am Babywearing Dance & Yoga @ Realignment Studio
Babywearing Dance & Yoga @ Realignment Studio
Nov 28 @ 9:45 am – 10:45 am
Babywearing Dance & Yoga @ Realignment Studio
This class is a blend of zumba-esque dancing to contemporary pop music, yoga conditioning, and relaxation. You will get a workout and have fun with your baby. Most appropriate from about 6 weeks (or when… Continue Reading Four Fall Wellness Tips
11:00 am Preschooler Family Yoga (21 mo-4... @ Realignment Studio
Preschooler Family Yoga (21 mo-4... @ Realignment Studio
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Preschooler Family Yoga (21 mo-4 yrs) @ Realignment Studio | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
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12:00 pm Infant Massage – Nov @ Realignme... @ Realignment Studio
Infant Massage – Nov @ Realignme... @ Realignment Studio
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Infant Massage - Nov @ Realignment Studio @ Realignment Studio | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
Massage is a great way to connect to your baby and has been shown to help babies sleep better, gain weight, reduce fussiness, improve health and relax. Our classes teach parents massage techniques in a… Continue Reading Four Fall Wellness Tips
7:30 pm Prenatal Yoga @ Shenanigans Art Space
Prenatal Yoga @ Shenanigans Art Space
Nov 28 @ 7:30 pm – 8:45 pm
Prenatal Yoga @ Shenanigans Art Space | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
In this all-level prenatal yoga class, expecting moms will cultivate the flexibility, concentration, and strength needed during the transformative time of pregnancy and childbirth. Enjoy the community of other expecting mothers while we practice modified… Continue Reading Four Fall Wellness Tips
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10:00 am Preschooler Family Yoga @ Shenanigans Art Space
Preschooler Family Yoga @ Shenanigans Art Space
Nov 29 @ 10:00 am – 10:45 am
Preschooler Family Yoga @ Shenanigans Art Space | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
This class is for families 21-month to 4-year old preschoolers, with younger siblings welcome. Class incorporates age-appropriate yoga poses, songs, stories, and games as children learn yoga through social interaction, repetition, and play. No yoga… Continue Reading Four Fall Wellness Tips
11:00 am Tot Yoga @ Shenanigans Art Space
Tot Yoga @ Shenanigans Art Space
Nov 29 @ 11:00 am – 11:45 am
Tot Yoga @ Shenanigans Art Space | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
This is a supportive, fun-loving, and active yoga class for crawling babies to 24 month old toddlers and their parent/caregiver. This class is all about your new mover. Crawlers and walkers learn poses, songs, and… Continue Reading Four Fall Wellness Tips
6:00 pm Prenatal Yoga @ Realignment Studio
Prenatal Yoga @ Realignment Studio
Nov 29 @ 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm
Prenatal Yoga @ Realignment Studio | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
In this all-level prenatal yoga class, expecting moms will cultivate the flexibility, concentration, and strength needed during the transformative time of pregnancy and childbirth. Enjoy the community of other expecting mothers while we practice modified… Continue Reading Four Fall Wellness Tips
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9:30 am Tot Yoga @ Realignment Studio
Tot Yoga @ Realignment Studio
Nov 30 @ 9:30 am – 10:15 am
Tot Yoga @ Realignment Studio | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
This is a supportive, fun-loving, and active yoga class for crawling babies to 24-month-old toddlers and their parent/caregiver. This class is all about your new mover. Crawlers and walkers learn poses, songs, and games while… Continue Reading Four Fall Wellness Tips
10:30 am Preschooler Yoga @ Realignment Studio
Preschooler Yoga @ Realignment Studio
Nov 30 @ 10:30 am – 11:15 am
Preschooler Yoga @ Realignment Studio | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
This class is for families 21-month to 4-year old preschoolers, with younger siblings welcome. Class incorporates age-appropriate yoga poses, songs, stories, and games as children learn yoga through social interaction, repetition, and play. No yoga… Continue Reading Four Fall Wellness Tips
11:30 am Baby Yoga & Play @ Realignment Studio
Baby Yoga & Play @ Realignment Studio
Nov 30 @ 11:30 am – 12:15 pm
Baby Yoga & Play @ Realignment Studio | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
Breathing Space Baby Yoga & Play features fun yoga-inspired postures and movements as well as calming, nurturing ways to enhance bonding and improve baby’s sleep. Babies enjoy yoga while on their backs, tummies, or held… Continue Reading Four Fall Wellness Tips

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