Why Autumn Is the Perfect Time for an Ayurvedic Detox

Autumn is a season of transition, perfect for a gentle detox to reset body and mind and prime your system for winter wellness.

Instead of automatic ‘buckle up and get back to work’ mode, switch into acknowledging that we are overly busy, slowing down and restoring the body – before the schedule takes over completely.

The view in Ayurveda is that all of nature – including us – is subject to the relationships among the three doshas, the three primal energies.

Vata dosha is associated with the elements air and ether; it governs creativity and change, and tends to wax and wane. 

Pitta dosha is governed by fire and water, it’s the energy of transformation, achievement, and metabolism. 

Kapha dosha is comprised of earth and water elements; it provides groundedness, stability, and growth.

Each of us contains a unique mix of the three doshas, although we tend to be dominated by one at any given time. 

The seasons are also governed by doshic activity. 

According to Ayurveda, by the time autumn rolls around, we have accumulated plenty of heat in our tissues from the summer season – that’s a fiery pitta dosha. 

As the leaves begin to dry up and the wind begins to blow, vata dosha begins to take over – that’s 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. 

Ayurveda teaches us that when the accumulated heat of pitta is fanned by vata, it can lead to mental and physical burnout, stressing our adrenals and nervous system, putting some of the body’s natural detoxification processes on hold, and stressing our immune system.

Liver is the body’s natural detoxifier and one of the primary organs in which excess pitta can accumulate and cause problems. According to Claudia Welch, an Ayurvedic practitioner and the author of Balance Your Hormones, Balance Your Life, the liver processes not only the foods and drinks we ingest but also many of the chemicals we encounter on a daily basis – from prescription and over-the-counter medications, hand soaps, face creams, shampoos and other personal products, to minute organic and inorganic particles of dust, pollen, soot, smoke, car exhaust fumes and other liquid droplets in the air. And in summer when the liver gets overloaded with excess pitta (which puts stress on the liver), so do we. 

An overtaxed liver can result in migraines, irritability, rashes, anger, and more. “We get tired, we get sick, we gain or lose too much weight”, she says. 

As the two systems in the body designed to “transform” toxins – the liver and the digestive tract – become overwhelmed, we start to collect a kind of toxic residue made up of all the waste products that the body has not been able to properly break down, digest, or otherwise expel. 

The toxins our body cannot process have a name in Ayurveda: ama (Sanskrit for “that which harms or weakens”). Ayurvedic physician Robert Svoboda characterizes ama not only as a kind of physical sludge, but also as a psychosomatic sludge that pollutes the mind. Accumulated ama is the basis for much disease and emotional malaise—and from a physical standpoint, it creates an appealing host environment for cold and flu viruses that blow in on autumn’s winds.

Do You Really Need to Detox?

Think you don’t have to worry about ama? Not so fast. We all do, Svoboda says, as a result of poor diet choices, unhealthy lifestyle habits—even just living and breathing in a polluted world. “Pretty much no matter who you are, you’ll end up with ama,” he says. “The question you have to ask yourself is, ‘What do I do about it?

click on image to hear Catherine’s short and sweet Detox story on YouTube

21 Day Autumn Ayurvedic Detox Online at home with my full support will provide you with all the tools you need!

You will design your own detox from clearly defined options in your in-depth guide ebooks and with my full guidance and support through twice-weekly live coaching calls and 24/7 online forum access. 

All the calls are recorded, so you can always access them in the HUB if you happen to miss some.

We start on the 6th September with a prep week.

Moving into the deep on the weekend of 13th September, and tapering out into the ‘real world’ from the 20th.

You can go as gentle or as deep – depending upon your work/life demands in this period – don’t worry – there are many who did this detox while going through the busiest period of their life – myself included!

There are detailed How-to videos for each step of the way, in-depth guide literature to dive into for any and all minute detail, and answers to many of your questions – all in the HUB too.

And you’ll also find a fabulous Recipe book with great and easy-to-prepare recipes to suit everyone.

Oh, and you’ll learn more about your own Dosha, and how to support yourself better too.

The community is fabulous too – there are some seasoned detoxers among us, and some who are here for the first time – so there’s much support coming from here too – not to mention all of the welcomed support if you should struggle.

And the best thing is – you can do it in the comfort of your own home!! 

Book now for your access.

The Price is £100 per person.

Or bring a friend for a total of £150 for both of you!

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