So, now that you’ve checked in to notice how your qualities shift and change, let’s talk more about how season changes since we Canadians (and I’m sure other folks too) do this on a regular basis.
Our constitution is most provoked during the seasonal junctions – the times when the seasons are changing. Seasonal junctions are the last two weeks of the outgoing season, and the first two weeks of the incoming season. Vata is increased during the all junctions, which in turn can increase all the doshas.
The brilliant Ayurvedis created seasonal routines to help bring stability to the instability of the season changes, and of the specific seasons themselves. Here is the recommended daily routine during the fall season (this recommendation comes from Dr. Vasant Lad):
6am : wake up
6:15am: Clean teeth, mouth, drink water and poop
6:30am: self-oil massage, then shower/bath
7am: exercise, yoga, breath work
10pm: bed time – sleep on your left hand side or back
All the “in between” times are yours to fill with whatever activities you need or want to do: work, play, checkers…
This week’s homework is to check in and see how your routine lines up with (or doesn’t) with the one Dr. Lad recommends. Is there anywhere that you’d be willing to shift things to give this a try? Do you notice any resistance to changing your routine with the seasons?
Enjoy exploring your daily routine!