Balancing Seasonal Change with Ayurveda, by Jo Buick

Ayurveda is often referred to as the 'sister science' to yoga. Like siblings, yoga and Ayurveda share the same essential DNA, but find different and unique expressions of the information they contain. Whilst yoga focuses on practices that ultimately aim to 'transcend' physicality and the mortal realm, Ayurveda focuses on lifestyle practices that promote everyday wellness and a long, healthy life. 

One of the key teachings of Ayurveda is that humans are very subtle creatures. Whilst we like to think of ourselves as robust and resilient, we are in fact, constantly reacting and responding to a range of stimuli around and within us. Ayurveda recognises that humans are affected by everything - a cool breeze, a difficult conversation, a strong coffee, or a sad film - everything that we eat, breathe, say, think, or experience creates an energetic sensation. For this reason, it is very easy to feel out-of-balance, fatigued or emotionally drained - without conscious effort, life as a human can feel like being on an emotional rollercoaster - constantly reacting and responding. 

In recognition of this, Ayurveda teaches mainly about 'harmony' - about finding ways to live that create resiliency and balance in our lives, bodies, and relationships. We do this through learning about the different ways that energy manifests in our universe, and by developing a harmonious way of life through alignment with the seasons and their produce. 

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Many people find that learning about the energetic impulses of the four seasons transforms their self-care practices. Over the coming weeks, you might even like to pay attention to how you feel energetically, during this transition into Autumn. How does wind affect you? What about temperature? How about the changing length of daylight? What do you feel like eating, and why? All of these are questions we ask in Ayurveda. 

If you are interested, we have two Ayurveda workshops coming up: Warmth & Depth: Seasonal Balancing in Torquay with Jo Buick, and Ground and Release with Amy Coghlan in South Melbourne. Click here for more information. 

Chris Wilson