The crisp morning air of fall beakons us to incorporate some seasonal changes to our yoga practice.

Ayurveda, a system of traditional medicine from India, is a sister science to yoga. One of the ideas that Ayurveda teaches is that with the change in season, we should make some changes in our diet and exercise routines.

Ayurveda teaches that the dry, cold energy of fall and winter, the Vata Season, impact us physically and mentally. During this season we may be more prone to generalized aches and pains, stiff and painful joints, rough, flaky skin, chapped lips, fainting spells, heart palpitations, constipation, dry, sore throat and dry eyes.

Emotionally, we may be more likely to battle stress and anxiety, lack of concentration, fear, agitation, impatience, hyperactivity, insecurity and restlessness.

Our yoga practice can help balance the Vata energy and keep us happy and healthy all season long.

Fall and winter are the perfect seasons to enjoy a mild, consistent practice which incorporates a contemplative element. It’s best to spend the next few months focusing on the stability and regularity of your practice rather than its intensity.

In each asana (pose) focus the parts of your body that are grounding downward.

Backbends, like Bhujangasana (cobra pose), and poses in which the heart is higher than the head are perfect for this time of year.

Try holding passive yoga poses, such as Balasana (child’s pose), Eka Pada Rajakapotasana (one-legged royal pigeon pose) or Malasana (squat) for longer periods of time. This gently opens the joints and gradually improves flexibility.

Finally, try closing your eyes once in a pose to reduce distractions.

Are you a Vata? Do you suffer from any of the above issues, indicating a Vata imbalance? Are you interested in more about Ayurveda?

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