The air is rich with Autumn smells, damp earthy leaves, bonfires and ripe apples . Longer nights, cozy jumpers and a slower more relaxed yoga practice are welcomed back. In the ayurvedic system Autumn is the season of vata, which translates as wind. This means the qualities of vata dominate at this time of year.
Vata is a drying force and you can feel this in your hair and skin. Vata is cold, light, irregular, dry, and always changing. To balance Vata, make choices that bring warmth, stability, and consistency to your life. It is the element of elimination and change, which makes autumn an excellent time to detox, to clear out your life, to start something new or decide what you want to preserve.
In this season of change and transformation, too much vata can leave you stressed out, restless and unbalanced. You may experience dry skin, anxiety, insomnia, an inability to make decisions and cold hands and feet. Here are some suggestions to regain your balance:-
If you need some inspiration for something seasonal to preserve, here is a lovely recipe for beetroot chutney as well as some other tasty beatroot ideas mmmmmmmmmmmm.
Kristina is a Yoga teacher and artist who lives in Braunton, North Devon with her husband, two children and a cat.