Autumn time can be a huge shock for our bodies.
We go from the heightened energy of summer and late summer to a sudden drop in temperature and also a drop in the movement of energy.
We see this all around us in nature as leaves change colour and begin to drop.
If you haven’t prepared your body for this drastic change, it can wreak havoc in the form of colds, flus, sinus troubles, migraines, skin breakouts and respiratory challenges (including Covid).
The good news is you can support your body through this change with seasonal and intentional movements (konnichi wa Japanese yoga!) and by making some basic wholefood choices.
Japanese yoga (https://karennareidy.com/japanese-yoga/ )at this time of year can be of great support.
And we focus on poses that work into your lung and large intestine meridians.
Starting March 22nd I’m offering a FREE 5 Day Japanese Yoga Challenge and on Day 5 we’ll be focusing specifically on these meridians.
You can find out more about the 5 Day Japanese Yoga Challenge here
To access the lung meridian we do poses that open the chest and throat. We also bring in some arm strength with Japanese yoga style push ups and poses that pull and squeeze into the thumbs (where the lung meridian runs).
To support the large intestine meridian, building belly strength through leg lifts can help, as can any pose that squeezes into the back of the waist (around the love handle region where the large intestine diagnostic area is located).
Food wise, you’ll want to increase:
|GRAINS||Short grain brown rice, rye, barley, oats, buckwheat|
|BEANS||Brown lentil, broad bean, miso|
|VEGETABLES||Daikon, radish, lotus, ginger, green cabbage, broccoli, onion, mustard chives, leeks, cress|
|SEA VEGETABLES||Agar, Kelp|
|MISO TYPE||Brown Rice (Genmai)|
|SEEDS||All seeds: sesame, sunflower, pepitas etc|
And foods to avoid -or at least reduce:
Spices, white flour, dairy (including yoghurt), food containing preservatives, meat, tinned and processed foods, bananas (no good for the lungs if you’ve got respiratory issues), beer.
Following these simple yet key actions will not only help you thrive during the season of autumn.
It will also help bolster your health if you experience typical ‘autumn ailments’ at any time of year- such as colds, flus, sinus troubles, migraines, skin breakouts and respiratory challenges mentioned above.
As well as this, there are some easy remedies to try out at home that will support you to make a quicker recovery.
Join the 5 Day Japanese Yoga Challenge here (starting March 22nd)