In the ancient holistic healing science of Ayurveda there are three primary doshas; Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Each dosha relates to nature and our own mental, physical and emotional states. Within Ayurveda the five elements of air, space, fire, water and earth are also seen to constitute our physiology and are related to each of the doshas.
The word Ayurveda comes from the words “Ayu” and “Veda” in Hindu. Ayu means life and Veda means knowledge or science, and put together Ayurveda means just that; the science of life. Ayurveda incorporates this knowledge to not only treat ailments, but also to provide an outline of how to lead a healthy, balanced life.
Autumn is the season of the Vata dosha. Vata dosha is related to the elements of space and air. There are many changes occurring during this season from the leaves turning colors to the air cooling and drying out and the days are growing darker. The rise in Vata is seen in this sense of movement and dryness.
This rise in Vata is not limited to just the weather and the darkness of the days. You may feel an imbalance within yourself as your doshas are in constant flux. If you are feeling wornout or erratic emotionally and physically, fatigued, achy, prone to illness with dry and itchy skin or constipated, your excess Vata may be the cause.
To rebalance your doshas and realign yourself with the elements I have some simple and effective lifestyle and diet solutions and a vinyasa practice for you.
Diet & Routine:
- Be sure to keep yourself hydrated. Remember that alcohol and caffeine both dry out your system.
- Keep warm with hearty soups and tea.
- Stick to a regular sleep & meal schedule (up to 5 small meals per day).
- Dedicate time for meditation and asana practice.
- Journal your goals & thoughts.
- Apply sesame oil to extra dry or rough skin before showering.
- Begin in a comfortable seat. Close your eyes and draw your attention inwards. During this practice we will focus on stability and strength while staying grounded.
- Breathe slow and even in and out through your nose. On each exhalation silently repeat the mantra, “BE.” 5-10 rounds of breath.
- Tadasana (mountain pose) with your hands in Anjali Mudra (prayer pose). Close your eyes and once again focus on strength, stability and being grounded. Just be.
- 5 rounds of Surya Namaskar A.
- 3 rounds of Surya Namaskar B.
- Childs Pose.