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Easing Into Fall

So just a short post tonight so I can get some sleep before my  alarm clock starts tweeting little birdy sounds in the dark at 4:30 in the morning.

Seasonal update: It’s getting colder.  How do I know this?  I had to wear gloves on my pranyama run this morning. And a little hat.

And by the way, I’m no longer calling it running, or even jogging but pranayama, because that’s what it is: it’s Bastrika pranayam pure and simple.  But the longest I’ve ever done Bastrika up till now was maybe in sets of 30 for 5 minutes with breaks in between to recover.  This is 23 minutes of continuous strong, horsey breathing.  I’m dizzy for quite a while after I stop, which is kinda scary, but also kind of a rush. (oh, still a child of the 60s.)

I emptied the composter today.  We have one of those tumbler ones, and it’s not making compost in these temps.  That, and the need for a hat is how  I know the season is changing.  Plus, all the tomato plants are dead and creepy looking.

And my velvet comforter is now back on my bed with its heavy, cozy wonderfulness, replacing the light, daylight-savings time, happy cotton madras one.  *a little sniff here*

And I now have my long-sleeved warmer jammies on.

And I’m sipping hot tea all day now, instead of the fizzy, mineraly San Pellegrino.

And it was dark halfway into my yoga class tonight and I need to remember to bring the little tea lights in for savasana.

My new eating and exercise and working plan is surprisingly okay.  Here’s the formula: do active things from 6 AM to 10 AM: exercise, cleaning, laundry, gardening, what-have-you.

From 10 to 2 PM: eat.  A lot.  Like Thanksgiving a lot.  Big meal.  After you eat, lie down on your left side for 10 minutes.  Then get up and take a 15 minute walk.

From 2 to 6 PM Work with your brain.  Write, read, figure things out–whatever  your intellectual thing is.

From 6 to 7 PM if you didn’t fit your exercise in in the morning, you have a little tiny window now, but really, try not to let it come to this. It shouldn’t be too heavy though, or it will bother your sleep.

Have  very small evening meal, if  you need one.  If you can go without, do. Some soup maybe.  Or a little salad. That’s it. Go to bed a little empty, even a little hungry.  It’s good for you.  Sleep is heavenly!

Sleep from 10 PM to 6 and then start over.

That’s my plan.  And it’s almost 10 now, and the birds chirp at 4:30, so g’night!

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I’m a small town yoga teacher who says motherfucker a lot. I hate anything woo. I’m into neuroscience. And facts. I’ll lead the chanting of “om” sometimes, but it makes me feel awkward. I want to access flow states. As far as yoga helps me do that, I’m into it. Dopamine is my fave neurotransmitter. Don’t tell anyone I told you this.

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