A Cold Wind Blowing
The fall brings with it the abundance of the air element. Generally, fall is dry, rough, windy, fluctuating, and cool. The aspects are also shared by the Vata Dosha, one of the 3 body types in Ayurveda. We are all made up of each body type, just to varying degrees, making us all unique.
This time of year can exacerbates the feelings of dryness and cold. It is also a time of transition. By changing our daily habits accordingly, we can help to keep our sense of balance despite nature’s shift in seasons.
- Stop multitasking: Vata is irregular by nature. And since like increases like, irregular movements and practices can aggravate vata. When the mind jumps from one point of focus to another numerous times, vata becomes unstable. Try focusing on one thing at a time.
- Oil yourself: Ayurveda recommends daily oil massages to help calm vata. Begin by warming sesame oil in a pot of hot water, then rhythmically and generously applying it to the body. Warm oil is the most balancing substance for vata, as it helps to ground the mind, improve circulation, and encourage the body to eliminate toxins.
- Routine!:Our bodies crave routine, especially during times of transition. Vata regulates the nervous system, elimination, and the flow of prana, which each function best when the body is given a rhythm. The two main routines to focus on are eating meals at the same time and a regular sleep schedule.
- Slow the exercise plan: Ayurveda teaches us that excess exercise is harmful and should be scaled back during the cooler months. Fast and intense movements can aggravate vata, so the best workouts during the fall should be slow and gentle. Try walking, hiking, and biking since these activities are a little less intense.
- Self Care: While high vata can drive us to want to do more, the fall is the season to do less. Majority of us are unable to scale back on our schedules, but we should try our best to find a few minutes of quiet time each day. We can spend these moments immersed in nature, basking in the sun, taking a walk, or sitting quietly in meditation.
- Eat Seasonally: Eating seasonally is one of the most powerful ways to keep any of the doshas balanced. During the fall this includes warm and mushy foods such as oatmeal, soups, and stews with a mix of healthy fats and proteins.
Small changes can become cumbersome, so take on a couple of these tips instead of adding stress by doing them all. If you can only make one shift, let it be time for yourself: to breath and enjoy the ride.
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The tips were provided by beYogi.