Let’s face it. The autumn has arrived and vata dosha is blowing its dry and cool air over us (according to Ayurveda). Depending on where you are, you might feel it more or less strong, but you FEEL it. In your body and in your mind.
Keep it warm
The weather tends to give us lots of surprises during the mid-seasons. There are days when you don’t figure out if it’s cold or warm. However, try to constantly keep your body – and especially your feet – warm. Wearing layers and consuming healthy warm food and drinks is the key. Hot foot baths with salt are superb! Keeping cold out of the body will help us to avoid the nasty autumn flu.
Keep it balanced
Since vata energy represents air and is the dominating dosha in the autumn, we need to act in order to keep both body and mind in balance. There are usually many changes in the air in autumn and you might feel yourself a bit restless as well. Then we need to ground ourselves to calm down.
It’s important to take time for relaxation and good sleep, plus create regularity and routines for your life, such as a little meditation in the morning, daily yoga practices with grounding poses, regular eating habits etc. Drinking warm milk before going to bed or eating root vegetables will also help us in grounding and finding more balance.
Autumn & yoga
As nature does, it’s time also for people to prepare for the coming winter season. Trees will drop their leaves and both plants and animals will turn the focus inwards. That’s what we humans should do as well – calm down and restore our energy for the winter.
We can do it for example by practicing yoga poses which cultivate introspection. Forward bends, such as paschimottanasana or janu sirsasana, are perfect yoga poses, which will help us to move inwards with eyes closed.
On the other hand, mid-seasons are perfect time for detoxing and improving your digestive system. Twists aid our digestive system, so make sure you include them into your practice. Also, it’s beneficial to practice at the same time every day and take more time for each movement.
And the most important of the asanas: savasana. Use blankets to keep the body warm during the final relaxation and make sure you won’t skip it after any practice.
So, let’s try to take most out of this beautiful season.