Beauty and Health inspiration to calm, soothe, lubricate, and restore your lusciousness.
Autumn asks you to be honest:Are you balanced?
Does the season have you feeling more like a tornado than a cool gentle breeze?
You aren’t the only one.
If we’re not careful, the season of windy, rapid change might leave us feeling restless, fatigued, or simply dried up. But calming excess vata is just a few simple adjustments away.
Slow down and turn inward.
Establish a routine.
Eat cooked, nourishing meals.
Create sacred boundaries for your time and energy.
Vata is the season of air and space. It 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.
Yoga and Ayurveda offer practical solutions to balance your body and mind.
Look to the elements:
FIRE to warm you,
WATER for hydration,
EARTH to keep you grounded.
Commit to your whole-body wellness this season.
Establish an abhyanga practice as a nurturing nightly ritual. Massage your entire body with oils that are known to balance vata, like shea butter or sesame oil. Diffuse calming essential oils like sandalwood and lavender.
Drink warm teas and eat cooked, oily, and grounding meals like baked root vegetables with ghee, soups, and whole grains. Enjoy warming and soothing, 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.).
Make time to eat, work, exercise, meditate and rest everyday.
Action Steps for Ayurvedic Wellness
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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