Ayurvedic Practices for an Amazing Autumn

As the crisp and cool weather of autumn begins, Ayurvedic practices can help your body and mind adjust to the changing season. Eating the right foods can balance your energies while keeping you warm, healthy and focused.

Here are some Ayurvedic ideas to promote a calm and cozy feeling in the coming months:

1. Balance your energies by managing your Vata

In Ayurvedic teachings, the three doshas, or energies, are Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. Changes in the world around us can increase and decrease the levels of these doshas, but what we choose to eat and drink can help to keep us in balance. The properties of Vata, the dosha most prevalent in fall, include excess movement, dryness, lightness and cold. This can manifest in anxiety, insomnia and dry skin, but a Vata-balancing diet will help to counteract these issues.

2. Stay centered with warming and soothing foods


The foods that are best for autumn include sweet, sour, salty and oily foods, and it’s best to eat more cooked food than raw. Roasted root vegetables, savory stews and hearty soups are all excellent choices. Caffeine can aggravate the anxious energies of Vata, so avoid black or green teas that may cause jitteriness. Drink warm beverages such as herbal teas or hot water with lemon and ginger. Between meals, you can snack on a sweet piece of fruit, or try nuts and seeds, which contain healthy oils.

3. Indulge in spices and oils


Autumn is the perfect time to experiment with various ways to spice your food. All types of spices are recommended for Vata season, so try a little bit of everything, whether it’s staples like garlic, ginger, and paprika, or something you’ve never tried like asafoetida or cardamom. It’s also recommended to add extra fats and oils to your food, so drizzle on a little olive oil, sesame oil or ghee to make your meals more indulgent.

4. Extend your Ayurvedic practice into your daily routines


Besides food and drink, there are many other ways to actively manage Vata. Morning meditation is a great way to set a calm tone for the rest of your day. To manage anxiety, try a soothing massage with warm sesame oil, followed by a warm shower. Excessive Vata can also be counteracted by fluid movement, so try a yoga routine that is grounded, moving gently and smoothly. Pranayama breathing is also helpful. Don’t neglect Sivasana, and make sure to cover up with a blanket to stay warm.

For all the yoga and meditation supplies you’ll need to manage your energies year-round, visit www.barefootyoga.com!

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This post was written by Lauren on September 21, 2015

5 Tips for a Healthy Fall

The scarves are on, the air is crisp, and fall is nearly here! Below, we’ve added our favorite tips to feel your best this season – and all year round!

1. Do some Yoga!


How could this not be at the top of our list?! Yoga is a wonderful way to stay fit, and keep your body and mind healthy. Make time for practicing regularly – whether it be once a day or a few times a week.

And, if you feel that you’re getting stuck in a rut with your routine, switch it up! Try a new class or style of yoga, a new type of exercise, or gather up your closest pals for a fun and easy way to get motivated.

As the days get shorter and darker, yoga and other forms of exercise can be especially beneficial for a healthy rush of endorphins and staying in shape over the holiday season. Try getting outdoors for a bonus kick of vitamin D!


2. Make time for your friends and family


As the weather gets chillier and the sun sets earlier, it can be particularly easy to blow off plans at the last minute. Who wants to venture out into the world when you can stay cozy indoors?! While this can be an easy route to go, resist! Bundle up in a warm jacket and go see your friends and family! They are important, you love them, go and see them. No excuses.


3. Practice mindful eating


Candy corn, anyone? (Or, perhaps a bit more realistically, sugar packed pumpkin spice latte, anyone?)

Sweet and salty foods are delicious any time of the year – but what’s important is practicing moderation. The colder months, particularly fall and holiday times, are not only filled with more unhealthy foods than usual, but are also a time of higher stress levels for many. Whether the cause is going back to school, organizing the office Halloween party, or cooking Thanksgiving dinner, stressful eating is never the answer.

Instead of nervously munching on some chewy candy or crunchy chips, try excusing yourself for a quick 5-minute meditation or walk outside. You’ll feel the benefits instantly.

Another tip? Try to surround yourself with healthy food that feels good in your body. This makes it easier to stay healthy and feel good.


4. Help out those around you



Giving back is an important thing to do, whether in big or small ways. Make a goal to give back regularly, not just during the fall and holiday season.

A few easy ways to get started? Try donating school supplies to your child’s school, offering to help your friend move, giving away some of your old yoga supplies, or even simply acknowledging something you value in another with a compliment.


5. Take care of yourself


Another thing that’s always smart to do!

Try creating a fall “first aid kit”. This can include all your essentials, such as a cozy pair of socks, some tea bags, a comfy wrap, a good book, and an eye pillow – or any of your other favorite things to create the ultimate relaxation kit!

As the weather gets cooler, also try cleaning up and revamping your home. This is a great activity for spring cleaning as well. Reorganize your house, put away the summer clothes, throw an extra blanket on the bed, and refresh your home for the new season!

For all of your fall yoga clothing and prop needs, visit us today at BarefootYoga.com!

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This post was written by Carolina on September 18, 2015

The Yogi’s Guide to Going Back to School – Whether You’re the Parent or the Student!

Suddenly, it’s that time of year again – back to school ads are everywhere, you realize the reading list is only half-done, and you could swear you saw a leaf fall just the other day.

While for some, school is just beginning and for others there are still a few precious weeks left of summer, it’s not too early to start preparing so that the transition back to school –  as well as the responsibilities and time commitments that come with it – are as easy as possible and don’t throw your world off kilter.

We’ve gathered some of our favorite tried-and-true pieces of advice on how to mentally and physically take steps to ensure that (whether you’re the parent or the student!) your school year gets off to a zen start.

  • First off – prioritize and organize. There’s no need to do away with your yoga practice or prioritize everything (and everyone) over yourself. Schedule a time to go food shopping to plan meals for the week, and set aside time to review what you or your child needs to do to be prepared for the first day. Then, even on a busy day, schedule at least a brief time for a practice or meditation – and make that time just as important as the time scheduled for all other tasks. The old saying (hard as it can be to remember) is so true: you need to put on your oxygen mask before you put on anyone else’s.

Yogi’s Tip for Calm and Centered Focus: Try out this 10 minute guided meditation for       clearing your mind and relaxing.



  • Secondly, stay grounded and keep breathing! Something doesn’t go as planned? Try not to sweat it! Life happens, and with it comes unexpected twists and turns. Try to go with the flow, and remember that everything will be ok!

Yogi’s Tip to Relieve Stress and Stay Grounded: Take a moment for Child’s Pose. This pose is a wonderful way to aide in relieving stress and anxiety, and the angle your body is positioned in allows for deep torso breathing (also a stress reliever).



  • Lastly, have fun! Remember that school is supposed to be fun. Learning is a valuable and wonderful experience, so enjoy it – whether it’s you or your little one who’s going! Celebrate the start of the new school year with a fun activity that the whole family can enjoy, such as a day of family yoga at the local park, a yummy meal cooked together, or a trip to the local bookstore!

Yogi’s Tip for Fun: C’mon now, this one should be a no brainer! Simply have fun. Or, if you do need a suggestion, maybe a spontaneous dance party or a visit to your local Glowga class?

For all of your yoga needs, come check us out today at BarefootYoga.com!

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This post was written by Carolina on August 19, 2015