Preparing for Fall

We are pretty excited to launch our Fall 2014 Collection (you'll love the colors and patterns!). Before the official unveiling, we asked our Facebook fans what they love most about Fall for a chance to win a secret stash of the new collection. Fall signals the transition to cool weather, so it's not surprising that most people love this season because it brings boots and sweaters out of the closet, and craves cozy moments and hot lattes. Soak in the final moments of sun-kissed skin and gauzy, light fabrics and prepare yourself for the onset of autumn. Just as the seasons shift, our bodies naturally want to follow their direction. There's a reason we want to hunker down for the Fall. Embrace the change - in wardrobe, activity, foods, and weather. When do, you will find yourself feeling balanced and prepared for all the changing seasons. So why does it feel good to go through mind-body seasonal changes? For this we reference Ayurveda, Yoga's sister science of medicine, to learn more: (via Yoga Journal)
According to Ayurvedic theory, by the time autumn rolls around, we have accumulated plenty of heat in our tissues from the summer—that's fiery pitta dosha. As the leaves dry up and the wind begins to blow, vata dosha begins to take over—the one governed by air and marked by change, instability, and anxiety. Metaphorically speaking, what happens when you add random blasts of air to a fire? It burns even brighter. ...when the accumulated heat of pitta is fanned by vata, it can lead to mental and physical burnout, stressing our adrenals and nervous system and putting some of the body's natural detoxification processes on hold.
Let's not burn out in Fall, but instead chill and cleanse our spirits so we can relax with our loved ones. Try these cleansing tips to prepare your body and mind for the Fall: 1. Slow down. Unwind your mind and body from Summer's fiery and fast-paced energy. Allow moments of quiet to enter your days. 2. Eat healthy, cleansing foods that are balanced with protein. Sip on warm teas spiced with cinnamon. 3. Whatever your main source of physical activity is, be sure to include restorative exercises to calm your nervous system and renew a calming energy. And lastly, keep your soles suited for the season in grip socks for your practice and casual toe socks for your high boots and booties. Here's to Fall and all it brings!