Can you believe its Fall already?
While the colors of the leaves and the feeling in the air can be, well, romantic and inspiring there is also a deep sorrow for the release of all that summer gave to us. The air is cooler and our lungs seem to take in more breath than we can handle. For some of us this is just fine, while others feel anxious, overwhelmed and bewildered. This is VATA season.
Vata is one of the three Doshas in Ayurveda. Doshas tell us where we are out of balance in our life. For instance, if I have too much vata, I am probably am feeling anxious, overwhelmed and bewildered along with cold, dry and unfocussed.
There is a tendency for all of us to get out of balance as we shift seasons. It’s completely natural as sometimes life moves so quickly we cant even believe what month of the year we are in! This is why it is so important to study the cycles of the seasons and how our bodies, minds and spirits are impacted.
Our job then, is to find ways to balance the imbalance. Because Fall is Vata season it is likely that many of us will begin to feel a bit anxious, overwhelmed, sad and bewildered sooner or later. Luckily, there are ways to prepare and rituals to tend to so that the transition into Fall can be much more enjoyable and nourishing.
Here’s what I’ve been doing:
Drink hot water with lemon every morning. Or try the Indian classic; lemon ginger honey tea!
Eat warming foods for breakfast. Slice a couple of apples, cover them with water and add cinnamon. Cook them down a bit and enjoy!
Try one pot meals like stews, kitcheri, and soups.
Oil massage! Keep a bottle of sesame oil in your shower to make this ritual easier to remember. Be very liberal with the oil. This will keep you from drying out!
Stick to a routine. Try to wake up at the same time every day. Eat your meals at the same time too. This will help with feeling scattered and all over the place. Let your routine be your anchor.
Make sure to practice stillness. Vata tends to do, do, do. Make time for meditation and practice yoga that is more simplified and less aggressive or “dancy”.
There you have it. These tips are gentle enough to begin incorporating into your fall routine TODAY!
Let me know which one you’re going to start with. Also, let me know if you have any fall routines of your own that I should know about!