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The crisp autumn season is upon us. The heat of summer has begun to dwindle into cool sunrises and brisk evenings. Through the cycle from green to bare bark, we find our bodies also reacting to this transition and you may find that your energy levels are dehydrating along with the withering leaves. Fluctuating temperature and drier air depletes our immune systems, making us more susceptible to the common cold, the flu, allergies, and asthma.  Try incorporating hip and chest opening vinyasa to your weekly routine, while also eating invigorating foods to keep you up to speed through this vacillating season.

Yoga Poses for Boosting Immune Health

Focus on areas of the body that hold and store excess energy such as the outer hips, waist, thighs and upper chest.  Start with a short breathing practice in a comfortable seated position, breathe in through the nose for 3 seconds and then out the nose for 4 seconds. Do this several times to warm and exercise the nasal cavity and air passageways. Virabhadrasana I (Warrior pose) is a great hip opener to start with. Once you’re comfortable with both hands over the head, transition into a slight back bend to expand the chest and open the heart. Keep your breath deep and steady as this pose exacerbates stored emotion and allows for abundant release. Utthita Trikonasana (Triangle pose) is another great way to open the hips while also expanding the chest. Once you are in the pose and feel comfortable, begin to twist your upward pointing arm behind you as you lift your chest keeping your breath steady. Parsvottanasana (forward stretch pose) is a great immune system booster; be sure to keep your nose to your front knee even if that means bending the front knee creating beneficial forward body compression. Lastly try to incorporate some actual back bend poses into your vinyasa. A great way to begin your cool down is on your back in Setu Bandha Sarvangasana and slowly transition into Savansana, (corps pose) to a revitalizing finish.

Half Moon offers “Rise and Shine” classes in the mornings for a perfect way to start your day. During a season where our bodies insist the need to stay in bed longer, getting out to a class to compress the old blood full of new is the best caffeine you can ask for! Visit the schedule for Half Moon Studio.

Wellness From Within

It is important to also eat healthy seasonal foods, keep hydrated, and sometimes it’s beneficial to cleanse during this season before winter. Herbal teas are a delicious and sufficient way to keep hydrated. Try ginger, green, licorice or rooibos teas. Fresh fruits and veggies like apples, squash, avocado, sweet potatoes and rhubarb supply the nutrients you need and are fresh in the fall season. Grains rich in fiber such as brown rice, millet, and quinoa are also important to incorporate into your fall diet.

When low energy strikes, a cleanse is a great way to revive balance in your system.  Kitchari is a great dish containing brown rice, split mung beans, yummy veggies of your choice, ginger and turmeric which are phenomenal spices that fight inflammation and aid the immune system. Get yourself into the kitchen and whip up some cleansing Kitchari or carrot ginger soup with these easy cleansing recipes.

Stay healthy this beautiful autumn and we hope to see you at Half Moon Studio twisting out the toxins!

Via: Susan Bonee