Staying Healthy this Fall | Ayurveda

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There is no doubt that Fall is in the air. However, there seems to be more in the air than the wafting scent of spiced pumpkin lattes and leaves fluttering to the ground. Coughing, sneezing and runny noses surround us. The following traditional Ayurvedic techniques can assist the natural cleansing and rejuvenating process of your body and stay healthy during this time of seasonal transition.

Tongue Scraping. This is easy and takes less than a minute. Purchase a quality tongue scraper to use before or after you brush your teeth. Tongue scraping is believed to aid in digestion, improve oral health, and aid in the cleansing of the immune system.

Neti Pot. Nasal cleansing has been used for thousands of years in Ayurveda. However, many contemporary doctors are also recommending this simple at-home therapy, that uses a saltwater solution that passes through your sinuses. As the salt water solution drains, it eliminates the congestion stuck inside.

Nasaya. This is the application of oil, often medicated with herbs and essential oils, into the nostrils. It is recommended to follow Neti with Nasya. This simple therapy has countless benefits, but the immediate ones are the lubrication and detoxification of the sinuses. Performing Nasya regularly is believed to help calm the mind, assist in the beneficial flow of prana and give clarity to speech.

Self Massage (Abyanga). Before your morning shower or bath, warm your favorite massage oil (for example, almond, sesame, coconut, etc.) and give yourself a self-loving rubdown. Ideally, you would do a little at home yoga too, perhaps some sun salutations and get the body warm and moving for about 20 minutes. In addition to the benefits of detoxification, you will have thanked your muscles for their hard work, improved your circulation, and calmed your nervous system.

Earthy Diet. Take advantage of the season’s bounty of root vegetables. Eating meals at regular times will help keep you regular. When your body is congested with undigested food, it makes it that much harder to neutralize the germs that make us sick. 

Sachi Doctor

Elemental Alchemy, 90 Rio Vista Avenue, Oakland, CA, 94611

Sachi Doctor is an Ayurvedic practitioner and holistic health coach who founded Elemental Alchemy with the mission to provide a resource for those navigating their way towards optimal mind-body health.

Diagnosed with an autoimmune disease at a young age, Sachi has spent over twenty years exploring different health modalities, treatment plans, diets and mindfulness practices to help alleviate chronic pain and restore balance.

After years of looking to others for a model of health with no relief, Sachi realized that the answers she sought were not hidden in someone else’s prescription for wellness but unique to her, and that the first step towards discovery was actually tuning out what was right for others and tuning into herself.

As she tapped into the wisdom of her own body, she discovered that the elements foundational for health  — the blueprint she so fervently sought — was within her, within each of us. Since then Sachi has been passionate about helping others also cultivate clarity and inner wisdom for vibrant health.

In addition to her Ayurvedic and nutrition education, Sachi has completed over 800 hours of yoga teacher training and continues to study with her mother, her first yoga teacher, for whom these practices are a way of life.

Sachi is a board member of the Prison Yoga Project at San Quentin State Prison and serves as an ambassador for Yoga Gives Back, a non-profit that raises funds within the US yoga community to support microcredit programs for women in India. She holds a Msc in Development from the London School of Economics.