Fall feels. Drawing the warmth inward.

Colorado is known for its dramatic change of seasons. We shift from summer to fall, welcoming hillsides covered with Aspen leaves in vibrant shades of yellow, orange and red. I know winter is coming. It’s just around the corner. For now, I savor the moments, keep moving through the moody weather and allow time for self care. Warming yoga flows, nourishing foods and an occasional getaway to the hot springs will keep my internal flame glowing.

Cultivate.

Warming yoga flows invite heat into the physical body. These classes are often listed as elevate or power classes offering a higher intensity practice. These often include more challenging twists, backbends, binds, and arm balances. Allow yourself to stay present, focused on the breath and intention.

Drink it up.

Turmeric. The color alone is enough to lure you in.  Vibrant orange-yellow at first glance, earthy when it hits your palate.  This nourishing goodness is known for aiding inflammation and balancing doshas, who could want more? I didn’t always love turmeric, but the health benefits and savory flavor won me over.  I think it’s an acquired taste. My son says it tastes like dirt, but I’ve always been a sucker for black truffle, raw cacao and other goodies from nature that have “dirt like” umami.  

Golden turmeric latte:

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup unsweetened almond, cashew or coconut milk
1 heaping tablespoon  turmeric powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger root (or 1 teaspoon ground)
2 teaspoons coconut oil
Raw honey to taste

METHOD

Warm the almond, cashew, or coconut milk in a small saucepan. Do not boil. Add turmeric, ginger and cinnamon. Next, combine the coconut oil with the mixture and gently heat together until melted. Use a wire whisk to create a foam. Continue to stir until frothy and heated through.

Pour into your favorite mug and sip it slow, savor the moment. 

*Serves 1

 Soak it in.

Fall is an amazing time of year to take a trip to the hot springs. From Breckenridge, there are nine hot springs within a 2.5-hour drive. Below are my favorites!

COTTONWOOD HOT SPRINGS: GRAVITY-FED MINERAL POOLS

  • Distance: 1.5 hours from Breckenridge

HOT SULPHUR SPRINGS RESORT & SPANATURAL MINERAL WATER SPRINGS

  • Distance: 1.5 hours from Breckenridge

GLENWOOD HOT SPRINGS RESORT: GEO-THERMAL WATER, LODGE & SPA

  • Distance: 1.75 hours from Breckenridge

The transition of seasons can be an incredible time to return back to your intention. Allow yourself to stay present, get adequate rest and maintain or enhance your self care rituals.

Om Shanti

Author: Melany Beck