Thrive This Fall: Cleansing the Ayurvedic Way
By Glynnis Osher and Madhuri Phillips • October 1st, 2012 • 7050 Views
Overworked? Are you now or have you ever been in the cycle of feeling like you are working too much, too many hours, and too hard– without feeling the balance of rest and reward? Even if you may not work excessive hours, do you still experience a feeling of fatigue and a way-too-busy mind?
Overwhelmed? Are you juggling so many responsibilities, projects, commitments thoughts and expectations that you feel unable to overcome a state of perpetual overwhelm? Does taking care of yourself seem like "just one more thing" to add to your to do list?
Overweight? No matter what your goal weight is for you and your personal constitution, are you never completely happy with how you look and feel? Do you always feel fatigued and a little (or a lot) short of vibrant energetic health? It is not just excess body weight that affects us but also a heavy mind.
In Ayurvedic philosophy there is a perspective on cleansing that goes well beyond the cleanse itself. It is about creating a life-practice that can sustain and nourish you so that you never need to be in any of these exhausting states of overwork, overwhelm, and overweight. Many cleanses are crash-course, sparkle-in-a-jiffy, magic-bullet approaches; but do they address the deeper imbalances of body, mind, and emotions for the long term? An Ayurvedic cleanse is designed to instill the foundation of good health. It works in a subtle and deep way to prepare you for the upcoming season and beyond. Fasting has its place but a fall cleanse is as much about nourishing the tissues and satisfying the mind as it is about releasing toxins (ama) from the body and also undigested thoughts from the mind.
As we move into autumn, this is the ideal time to embrace a sustainable way of health for your personal lifestyle, whether it is busy or spacious. By paying attention to your body as it transitions from season to season you have the power to set yourself up for a truly irresistible life. The beauty of these practices is that they are simple and very accessible no matter what your schedule. The thing is to just begin! Commit to at least three of these practical tips for cleansing in the fall and you will notice an almost immediate improvement in your digestion, energy, and outlook. Seriously!