A new season is upon us which means it’s time for change, introspection, new movement and new results …
By default, we are creatures of habit. We as humans tend to resist change and are comforted by the ease of our daily habits and routines. We gravitate toward classes and teachers who we love the most and we find ourselves comfortable with routine. This comfort you feel is the main reason why you’re no longer seeing results … Seasons change and so should your workouts!
It takes a lot more energy to resist change than it does to accept it. As a new season begins it’s time to let go of the summer diet and workout routine and opt for something new and different.
Take the QiFlow ‘New Movement New Results’ Hello Autumn challenge to experience increase in creativity, energy and curiosity just by changing up your workout routine and being more conscious of the foods you consume that are specific for autumn – the perfect season to start over and try something new!
Every three months at the start of a new season shake up your routine to stay healthy, happy, motivated and strong. The best way to figure out what workouts to do this season is to take the Ayurveda Dosha quiz here to find out your unique dosha makeup.
What is Ayurveda?
Ayurveda is the sister science of yoga, a system designed to remove the imbalance of the physical body while providing the mental clarity needed to change unproductive mindsets. Each of us are made up of unique proportions of Vata, Pitta and Kapha – the three doshas of Ayurveda – with varying ratios of each dosha in each of us. Because of this, Ayurveda sees people as unique and special. If you’re having trouble getting results in your current training regime this is a sign that your mind-body has adapted to the environment and you are no longer benefiting from your efforts. This is what happens when a person sticks with a certain workout or diet for too long. The best way to avoid this scenario is to change your routine every three months. FLOW with the season …
There is much to be learned about the principles of Ayurvedic therapies, but for the sake of this article we’re simply finding our individual Ayurvedic blueprint to help figure out what foods to eat and what the best workouts are for each dosha type.
Once dominant dosha is identified it is easy to design your workout program and nutritional planning for the next few months. If you haven’t done so, click here to take the dosha quiz. Use the following information and the suggestions below to create your Hello Autumn QiFlow program and workouts for the season. The most important thing to remember is to FLOW with the seasons: Change it up and do something different. Start over and become a beginner again. Make a commitment to shake things up by changing daily routine, nutrition and weekly workouts at the beginning of each new season for new results! If allowed to, this challenge will make a difference! Try something NEW today!
Eat foods that are heavy and grounding, but watch portion sizes. Go to snacks include apricots, berries, cherries, peaches, prunes, raisins, cottage cheese, and sunflower seeds. Kapha’s are encouraged to eat more protein, even red meat, during the autumn months. The key to Kapha balancing during the Autumn season is to eat richer, more calorie dense foods. To avoid excess or Kapha imbalance eat small portions at each meal to avoid digestion problems. Kapha’s tend to have slow, sluggish digestive system if too much food is consumed. When Kapha’s eat too much it throw their system off balance throwing you in to a cycle of fatigue and motivation loss. Foods to avoid during the autumn months: watermelon, ice cream, wheat pasta, and soy products.
Kapha’s tend to be grounded, stable, and slow by nature, which means if you are Kapha dominant then you want to avoid sedentary tendencies this season like naps, sleeping in late, or watching too much tv. The best workouts for Kapha’s are ones that focus on more vigorous exercises combined with calmer, more reflective activities to create a balancing effect of vigor and relaxation. The perfect QiFlow classes for Kapha’s this season are QiCycleYOGA, SculptFLOW, BarreFLOW, BoxFLOW, FLOW and FLOWMOTION.
Eat foods that offer a combination of cooling energy, astringent taste and fiber. Start the season with apples and pears. Eat in abundance in the early stages of the season. Foods that help to balance the pitta constitution include avocados, sweet berries, coconut, dates, figs, raisins, asparagus, cilantro, cucumbers, green beans, okra, sweet potatoes, summer squash, zucchini, oatmeal, quinoa, basmati rice, wheat, tofu, soft cheeses, milk, yogurt, buffalo and sunflower seeds.
Pitta types have a strong drive and tend to like challenging sports such as skiing, snowboarding, hiking, tennis, and mountain climbing. Pittas are competitive in nature and need to be careful not to increase stress while exercising. Slowing down during the Fall season is an important change in the usual determined pace of pittas. The perfect combination of QiFlow classes for pittas this season are QiYOGA, BarreFLOW, FLOWMOTION, FLOW and QiYOGAZEN. Limit QiCycleYOGA or QiCycleFLOW classes to only one class per week.
The foods you choose this season are an important and powerful way to balance Vata this fall. Nourishing foods high in protein, high in fat, served hot with spice will help to keep Vatas grounded during the Vata season of Autumn. Eat mushy, soft foods garnished heavy in ghee or oil. Breakfast of cooked grains – oatmeal, cream of rice, and cream of wheat are all perfect for fall. Steamed vegetables, grains, soups and stews are grounding and moisturizing for Vatas. Eat meat and eggs, include dairy products, nuts and seeds to experience Vata balance. Minimize broccoli, cabbage and dried fruit.
Vatas are most effective when they have an established daily routine. It’s best to try to do the same things (wake up, exercise, eat, go to bed, etc.) at roughly the same times every day. The best time for Vatas to exercise is early mornings 6-10am or evening hours of 6-10pm. It’s important for Vatas to exercise at about fifty to seventy percent of capacity to avoid aggravation and stress. All exercise done by Vatas in the fall should be balanced with adequate relaxation and sleep. For the next three months Vatas should avoid going to more than three classes per week and should focus on QiCycleYOGA, QiCycleFLOW, FLOWMOTION, SculptFLOW, FLOW, QiYOGA, QiYOGAZEN, and BarreFLOW.
Change it up for 3 months: Take the ‘New Movement New Results’ Hello Autumn challenge and spend this season trying new classes and teachers. You may not like the change at first, but if you stick with it and commit to becoming a beginner again, you will notice a difference come winter season. Stagnation is the
New season … New movement New results!
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