If you’re like me, then you’re elated that fall has arrived and were flooded with happiness and warmth this past Saturday on the Autumnal Equinox. I recall images of myself at just 18, bicycling to the market in crocheted scarves, loading my hemp backpack with everything pumpkin, and heading home to whip up fall delights. I carry embedded in my sensual memories the perfume of my wine country hometown, the aromas of harvest, and bathe in it when I visit during autumn. There’s magic in the air. Something intangible that tugs at my heart and intoxicates my senses, something that leaves me more and more besotted with fall each year. If you’re not dancing around in your happy pants over the arrival of this special season, that’s okay. But your system is still in need of some TLC as it transitions from summer to autumn.
I personally relish in the annual Yoga Journal Ayurvedic Fall Detox program for its gentle, soothing, stabilizing effects. I have a non-traditional work schedule for the time being, which many of us do, so as usual I advocate for tweaking any program to fit one’s own particular needs. Make it work for you. If you like some aspects of the Yoga Journal detox and some aspects of my article and some aspects that popped up in your mind while entertaining the notion of transitioning into fall, use them all! Make a hybridized, smoothie-like blend of all your favorite nourishing acts to prepare your system for the splendor of autumn, and then sit back and enjoy watching the season change.
1. Start the day with warm water and fresh lemon. If you don’t already practice this, begin doing so. The ingestion of warm water with lemon is tremendously detoxifying for the liver, and the body in general. There are articles on MindBodyGreen dedicated entirely to why this practice is beneficial to the system. If you are a dedicated, daily warm water and lemon drinker, also begin to make other soothing teas later in the day. I suggest: