This morning I was out walking in the crisp, fresh air and I couldn't help but notice that the earth (at least in this area) is in a state of transition. Most obvious: the air is colder and lacks humidity. There aren't as many bird songs. Some trees are still green, others have changed to beautiful hues of gold and orange, and many have shed their leaves completely. The ground is harder, and the color of the sky is different. The earth is preparing for winter.
The onset of winter affects us as well, and we need to care for ourselves accordingly. Cold weather and lack of humidity can make us feel more stiff and achey, so it's very important to increase hydration and circulation from the inside out. How do we do this?
1. Move. Practice yoga, take a brisk walk, put on some music and dance. . . whatever gets you out of your chair. Moving the body will increase circulation, lubrication, and flow of nutrients throughout the body that will create ease of movement and good health. It will also help fend off seasonal depression and stress. Yoga is particularly good, as the various movements create a "squeezing and soaking" effect the nourishes our bodies on a cellular level. Here's the deal: The less you move, the less you will be able to move, so resist the urge to hibernate.