This week I will be teaching yoga sequences to balance the Vata dosha which is predominant in the Fall. Vata is one of the three constitutional principles found in Ayurveda. Ayurveda is known as the sister science of yoga. It is an ancient system of medicine and healing. The three doshas or constitutional principles are: vata, pitta, and kapha. The qualities of the doshas are in us, the environment, and also associated with specific times of day and ages.
Vata is composed of air and it’s qualities are light, cool, rough, dry, and movement. To offset the increased seasonal Vata you can focus on the opposite qualities which are grounding, warm, smooth, steady and stable. The following are lifestyles and diet suggestions to help harmonize with this time of year.
- Eat warm, cooked foods such as soups and stews and less cold and raw foods.
- Use warming spices like ginger, black pepper, cinnamon and cumin.
- Drink plenty of room temperature or warm drinks such as CCF tea.
- Have a regular routine
- Get enough sleep
- Include more relaxation in your days
- Go for walks in nature
- Include grounding poses and longer inhalations in your yoga practice
- Stay longer in savasana
- Wear a hat and scarf on windy days
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