Fall is here, well, kind of.
The weather changed in NY so drastically that I've been feeling a little overwhelmed and sluggish. Anyone? One day it was hot and humid and the next it felt like winter. It's as if we skipped a whole season! With these radical temperature changes I am extra tired and in need of more mindful The weather changed in NY so drastically that I've been feeling a little overwhelmed and sluggish. Anyone? One day it was hot and humid and the next it felt like winter. It's as if we skipped a whole season! With these radical temperature changes I am extra tired and in need of more mindful use of my energy and change in rituals. To start, I've been recharging with more yogic sleep - "yoga nidra naps" as I call them. Just 30 min. of this practice feels as if you took a 2-hr nap! I'm also transitioning into warmer, more nourishing, richer foods. I've been particularly craving dal & rice infused with medicine, spicy warm oats, and herbal teas.
When you are in an erratic space, it is the simplest rituals that ground you and bring you back to centre.
In these times of transition, I feel it’s most important to really listen to our bodies. Slowing down is so important! I can’t say it enough. Being instead of doing! Yes, we are human beings, not human doings…
It’s time to bring the erratic summer energy down a notch and call our attention more inwards. It’s time to get cozy, read, journal, watch movies and cook more.
It's time to shift into fall rituals and warming, grounding foods and herbs to help us stay on top by strengthening our immune system and helps us adapt to the cold, dry environment…and basically prepare for hibernation!
My 5 tips to transition into this season
1. Herbs in the Bath: Eucalyptus is one of my favorite plants to hang on top of my shower. I make myself a beautiful steam shower that opens up the lungs and supports the respiratory system. Just hang your Eucalyptus from the head of the shower. It lasts 2 weeks and gives off an incredible medicinal aroma!
2. Adaptogenic Warming Teas: Teas are the perfect vehicle for this season providing warmth, nourishment, hydration and medicine. I make myself a big batch so I have it handy for a few days at home. All I have to do is warm it up or have it at room temp.
3. Hydration: In the cold, dry season staying hydrated and making sure we absorb the water we drink is super important. Add high quality grey salt which is high in magnesium to your drinking water.
4. Aromatic Warm Bowls: Eat your hydration with delicious, nourishing, grounding, curries, soups, broths and stews. Try them with sweet, seasonal squashes. Adding sweet, starchy flavors are very grounding and moistening for this season. (No refined sugars though!)
5. Yoga Nidra: Yoga Nidra is a powerful relaxation and meditation technique derived from ancient tantra and developed by Swami Satyananda of the Bihar School of Yoga. This technique induces deep body-mind relaxation with the ultimate goal of increasing self-awareness, high state of consciousness.
Read more on Yoga Nidra :
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Aromatic Coconut Dal
1tbs ghee or coconut oil
2 cups yellow dal
4 cups water or bone or veggie broth ( add more water depending on how dry or soupy you like it, use my bone broth recipe to add medicinal powers, find recipe here)
1 cup coconut milk
3 inch chopped fresh ginger
3 inch fresh grated turmeric ( use turmeric powder if fresh not available)
Salt & pepper to taste
Garnish with coconut flakes, chopped fresh cilantro, lemon, seed avocado.
(I try to stay away from onion and garlic because I don’t do so well with it, but if your system likes it you can add them as well)
Saute the turmeric and ginger in ghee. Add the lentils, then the broth or water and bring to a boil. Cover and bring to low simmer for 15-20 min. Finally stir in the coconut milk and stir. Serve over basmati rice, and garnish with coconut flakes and seed avocado.
Seed avocado :
In a plate do a mix of seeds: black sesame, chia, flax, hemp, buckwheat ( or whatever seeds you like and you have at hand)
Half the avocados and cover the hollow part with seeds pressing into it so they stick and the whole half is covered.
2 tsp ashwagnadha root
1 quart of water
2 inch sliced fresh ginger
1 tbs Apple Cider Vinegar
If you haven’t heard of Ashwagandha root yet, you should! this is a powerful adaptogen. It is balancing for the immune and endocrine system. Its is also warming and grounding. Just what we need in this dry, airy and cold season. You can buy the root at some farmers market or order it online. It is great to make teas, add to soups, broths, curries, and coffee.
Add all ingredients into a pot. Bring to a boil, simmer in low heat for 15 to 20 min. sip and enjoy! There is no need to add honey since the apple gives a beautiful, natural seasonal, sweet flavor to it.
You can add other warming herbs like cinnamon and cardamom.
Herbs to incorporate this season
Ginger, cardamom, dandelion root, cinnamon, ashwaganda, maca, black pepper, shatavari, thyme.
I buy most of my herbs at the farmers market in union square or I order them in bulk from :