YOGA FOR VATA SEASON
Adjusting Your Yoga For The Wind And Cold
“For fast-acting relief, try slowing down.” - Lily Tomlin
“In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you.” - Deepak Chopra
Have you noticed a dryness in the air? A bit of chaotic energy? An increased need to rush and hurry? Windy weather and cooler temperatures are indicative that Vata season is upon us. As the Ayurvedic dosha ruled by air and space, Vata peaks in late fall and lasts through the early days of winter. It’s known for bringing about dry, cold, and flighty qualities. A Vata imbalance tends to result in these qualities showing up more prominently, but regardless of their constitution, just about everyone will experience some effects during this time.
Common signs of a Vata imbalance include:
Navigating this transition to chillier temps and a more erratic head space may require adjusting both your yoga practice and some of your daily habits. To combat the flighty mentality Vata season often brings, it’s a good idea to incorporate more grounding elements into both your movement and your life.
Slower, more mindful movement is a great antidote to chaotic Vata energy. Grounding postures like tadasana (Mountain Pose), vrksasana (Tree Pose), and malasana (Garland Pose) may also help bring you back to a home base.
In addition to how you’re moving your body, it’s also a good idea to think about what you’re putting in it. Avoid raw foods like salads and uncooked vegetables, as these could increase wind (gas) and may be hard on your digestion. Instead, opt for well-cooked potatoes, nourishing soups, nuts, ghee (clarified butter), and oil-rich dishes.
During this time, prioritize meditation and seek out comfortable, relaxing spaces that help you feel centered. Just like all seasons, this time is temporary. Adjust your practice according to your needs and you’ll be just fine.
(This week's newsletter was composed by our dynamic on-demand teacher and full time writer Elinor Cohen. Check out her Instagram HERE and her amazingly empowering advanced & intermediate sessions on our on-demand archives.)
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