One of my teachers once said “For someone who practices yoga, having difficulties and challenges is a wonderful thing.” He also said “if you don’t have some sort of practices, those challenges will really suck.”
He is my astrology teacher, and he was looking at my birth chart. There is a specific part of your chart, the 8th house, that signifies sudden change, transformation, loss and death. It also signifies yoga, meditation and esoteric practices. I have a lot going on in that part of my chart, but you don’t need to have all that to know that with anything in life, we get to have some influence in whether our challenges are opportunities or whether they just suck. For many of us, the easiest aspect of our lives to influence is our morning routine.
I believe astrology reminds us that we all have latent energies within us that can manifest positively or negatively. In the times I have slipped from my practices, dropped my morning routine or forgotten to implement what I’ve learned from past mistakes, I have had the most challenges. In the times that I have consistent routines and self care, things tend to manifest more positively. Maybe you have noticed similar results?
Out of Balance
Just this past month, I noticed myself start to have a Vata imbalance. In fact, I’ve heard from a lot of people who were also experiencing this, as it is common in the Fall season. Maybe you have to?
Symptoms of feeling anxious, scattered and overwhelmed. For me, this lead to digestive distress and eventually to a mild cold. Fortunately, I applied what I have learned over the past 7 years about Ayurveda and was able to nip it in the bud before it got worse.
Ayurveda teaches that disease has stages, and it starts on an energetic level with thoughts and feelings like anxiety, anger, fear and overwhelm. As this imbalance persists it manifests in physical symptoms, progressively getting worse and depleting your body.
What You Can Do
In my classes this Fall I am teaching a lot about building immunity to prevent this progression of disease. Classes have been focused on the Fall yoga keywords: warming, centering and grounding.
In general, anytime you start to feel out of balance, I suggest you make two lists: things you feel you want to stop doing, and things you feel you want to start doing. Usually you know exactly what you need to do, it just takes a moment of reflection to clarify it.
For me, one of my essential practices is having an ayurvedic morning routine. This is a great place to start if you’re not sure where to begin. My ayurveda teacher would say this is one of the best things you can do for your health; physically, mentally and emotionally:
Create Your Morning Routine
Everything in your body works in some sort of rhythm. Your heartbeat. Your breathrate. Your sleep cycles. All the systems in your body. The more irregular your lifestyle is, the more deregulated all these systems can be. The more routine you can create, the more your body can optimally produce hormones, repair tissues, digest food, prevent disease, sleep soundly, and so on. My personal morning routine at the moment is:
Shower (including brushing teeth, drinking water, etc)
Journal (plan my day, prioritize tasks)
Practice (yoga and meditation)
Maybe you read a book, go for a run or something else. The important thing is that it is nourishing to you and starts your day feeling good, creative and energized, rather than reacting to external stimuli such as the phone or rushing to work. Having a morning routine will help you clarify what is most important to you, and remove the distractions, filler and phone checking that creeps in over time. With this solid foundation to start the day, you can help steer your life towards more positive and neutral expressions and less negative expressions.
Nature knows this process. The trees choose to detach their leaves in the fall to create a mulch and bring more nutrients back to their roots. Rather than constantly trying to branch out and do more and get overextended, the trees move their resources to what is most essential. The Fall season can be an opportunity for us to do the same.