Yoga and Ayurveda for the Fall Season – iva drtina-hall

Fall is a time of change. It is the season where Vata (air and space) easily gets out of balance. Vata dosha- with its lack of water and warmth causes the skin to become dry and our minds to become more sporadic and airy, and our bodies more prone to colds and flu- the typical seasonal imblances. How do we balance?? Some of the easiest preventive Fall practices that will get you back in balance are : oleation- rubbing your body with oil. This  sends a message of acceptance, nurturing and self-love. Daily oil massage(abyangha), reduces vata emotions such as fear, nervousness, anxiety and depression.Neti pot – to keep the sinuses clear during times of congestion. Healthy diet: eating more seasonal warming and heavier foods such as winter squash, brown rice, avocado, lean proteins, soups and omega 3- rich nuts. Water- staying hydrated to counteract the seasonal dryness and vata’s dry qualities, as well as eliminate ama(toxins), that have accumulated over the summer season.Refine yoga practice- Practice warming postures(asanas) such as backbending, extensions, arm/leg balances and heating breaths. More sleep-deepening our rest in order to regenerate ourselves and drive off diseases in the winter.

When we balance Vata in the Fall we can access many positive qualities of Vata: communication, enthousiasm, joy and creativity. Use this time to tap into the pursuits that engage your mental activity, sensory perception and clarity of purpose.

Learning to adapt to change is the essense of balancing Vata in the Fall.

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