Indian summer is a transitional period between summer and autumn. According to the five elements theory in Traditional Chinese Medicine late summer is considered a season and relates to the element EARTH. The now fertile Mother Earth does not only provide us with food, she is also the ground on which we stand on.
The earth element relates to the cycles of nature, as well as the metamorphosis within ourselves. As we go through this shift, it is important to make sure that we STAY CENTERED AND GROUNDED.
We need our roots in a solid base - as well as a good portion of ADAPTABILITY in order to allow the changes that are happening externally and internally.
Add simple practices to your daily routine in order to strengthen your system and safely enter the fall season.
For a smooth transition:
BREATH DEEPLY. Include a short pranayama practice in the beginning of each day (full yogic breath and alternate nostril breathing, for example). A good breath practice keeps us centered and will prepare our respiratory system for cold and windy weather.
MEDITATE. The weeks around the equinox are a time of major adjustments and shifts. I recommend a short and clear meditation daily, either in the morning or evening. Define a clear intention. It may help to incorporate a mantra or hold a specific crystal. Repeat the same meditation during the month of September and enjoy the benefits of a steady practice.
EXERCISE. As we transition into a colder time, our body has to be strengthened. Do some powerful yoga practice or choose other workouts to prepare your body accordingly. We want to build stamina, muscle strength and boost our immune system. Planks, warriors and Kundalini practices are my favorites.
DO KRIYAS. If you know Nauli Kriya, I suggest you incorporate this cleansing Hatha yoga practice early in the morning before breakfast to restore your digestive system.
NOURISH YOURSELF. It's a good moment to check your eating habits. Try to eat balanced and include more dense and protein-rich (grains, beans, etc.) in your diet. Your meals should be nourishing but also fresh and easy to digest. The season of late summer relates to the organs of the stomach and the spleen.