Calm. Restore. Hydrate.
Autumn asks you to be honest: Are you truly balanced?
Does the windy season have you feeling more like a tornado than a cool gentle breeze?
You aren’t alone.
If we’re not careful, the season of crisp air and rapid change might leave us all feeling restless, fatigued, or simply dried up. But calming excess vata is just a few simple adjustments away.
What is Vata?
According to the principles of Ayurveda, Vata is the combined elements of air and space. Vata is the catalyst of movement—like the winds that blow the leaves from the trees, the activity of our minds, and the life force energy that breathes our bodies into animation.
Vata inspires creative flow, new ideas, and spontaneity. When imbalanced, vata exhibits signs and symptoms of anxiety and overwhelm—qualities that can billow like a hurricane and carry you up and away into a storm of stress. Insomnia and constipation are common symptoms of excess vata.
Vata is increased during the months of Autumn.
Yoga and Ayurveda offer practical solutions to balance your body and mind all season long.
Look to the elements:
Products for Balancing Vata
Action Steps for Ayurvedic Wellness
Slow down and turn inward.
Establish a routine.
Eat cooked, nourishing meals.
Create sacred boundaries for your time and energy.
Commit to your whole-body wellness this season.
Establish an abhyanga practice as a nurturing nightly ritual. Massage your entire body with heated oils that are known to balance vata, like shea butter or sesame oil. Diffuse calming essential oils like sandalwood and lavender. For relaxation and hydration use love bombs botanicals® mellow (BUTTER) which contains a seasonal blend of whipped organic shea butter and calming essential oils, as well as ashwagandha, and vitamins A and E.
Drink warm teas and eat cooked, oily, and grounding meals like baked root vegetables with ghee, soups, and whole grains. Enjoy warming mild spices like cinnamon, ginger, and clove. Focus on tastes that are naturally sweet, sour, salty, and in season.
Align with the rhythms of nature. Commit to maintaining a consistent bedtime (before 10 p.m.) Wake by 6:00 a.m. to a nurturing morning yoga and meditation practice. Include deep breathing exercises to soothe your nervous system and keep you feeling easy-breezy all day.
Take time to eat, work, exercise, meditate and rest *consistently* every day.
About The Author
R.R. Shakti, PhD
Founding teacher of Inner Power Yoga®, Shakti is a Contemplative Mythologist, ritual facilitator, and writer who presents a Tantrik approach to personal empowerment and social action. Through contemplative story-telling and mind/body practices, she offers a vision of deep peace and radical freedom.
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