Every molecule in our body is a microcosm of every molecule in the universe.
When it is hot we become soft and lethargic and in turn when it is cold and windy we see our bodies bend and chafe as our inner winds blow with sneezes and coughs.
It is Autumn and I see the season manifest within our bodies.
Like the winds that blow our noses run with sneezes.
Like the leaves that fall our skin dries and cracks
… and raw fruits and cold foods aggravate not nourish.
Ayurveda classifies these qualities into Vata aggravating characteristics.
Vata is a constitution which relate to Air and Ether. They exist within us alongside the qualities of Pitta (fire/water) and Kapha (earth/water). Each of these become more pronounced at different times of the year and are influenced by what we do, eat and think.
It is the combination of these three qualities (called Doshas) that make up our individual constitution.
When we feel that one Dosha becomes out of balance, we need to practice techniques to calm that Dosha.
For calming Vata aggravated in autumn, a slower more grounding yoga practice or exercise is needed where poses are held for longer, settling deeper into juicy poses allowing your body to open and soften again.
Follow with a calming meditation that settles down monkey mind thoughts by visualizing earthy, watery and fiery images like a mountain, a lake or the ocean, flowers like rose or lotus, light like the fire or the sun at dawn.
Pranayama breathing techniques sooth congestion and sinuses, and if used in conjunction with a mantra, chanting the bija sound LAM is the sound associated with the root chakra – the muladhara, which helps you reconnect to your root and help ground excess vata.
Ensure you slow your breath down to a slow equal ratio or use a grounding longer exhalation as well as eating warm foods, stewed fruits and less salads. Lastly, nourish your skin and hair with oils.
… Bring more yin into your yang, and hopefully you won’t blow away this Autumn! …