4 Tools to Help You Transition into Fall
According to the wisdom of Ayurveda, yoga’s ancient art and science of keeping the body and mind balanced and healthy, Autumn (or is it winter in Calgary??) is a season with an abundance of vata – which is a combination of air and ether elements.
During this season, our bodies and minds can become overwhelmed and out of balance. The vata constitution is cool, dry, light, wayward, and moving. Vata governs movement in the body, a well as activation of the nervous system. Its flighty state is often reflected in our mental health. During this time of year, it is not uncommon to feel unsettled or ungrounded.
To balance the uprooted motion of vata, here are four tools you can utilize to transition into Autumn:
- Get Grounded
From the moment you get up in the morning, and take your fist step, connect to the ground by moving slowly and mindfully. Give yourself extra time to slow down. Try doing one thing at a time instead of multi-tasking. Curb the need to talk unnecessarily and draw your focus to the inner conversation of the mind-body. Make choices as to where you wish to reserve or relinquish your energy throughout the day. Find the ideal limit of what you are engaged in, recognizing the moment of ‘just enough’. Let your natural state of contentedness be your guide. And of course, a mindful, steady, yoga practice can help too!
- Drink Herbal Tea
Increasing your intake of water is a great way to pacify the elements of air and ether that are prevalent in the season of Fall. The warm temperature and herbs in tea draw more energy into the digestive system to better nourish the body and mind, giving you more stability at this time of year. Sweet or sour teas are best for balancing the season of vata as they contain elements of earth, water and fire. Try a naturally sweet tea like cardamom or a sour lemon tea.
- Use Essential Oils to Relieve Anxiety
Essential oils such as Bergamot, Lavender, Geranium, Clary Sage, Camomile, Ylang-Ylang and Sandalwood are all great for relieving anxiety. Put a drop onto a tissue to keep in your pocket throughout the day and use as needed. When you get into an ungrounded state, allow the scent of essential oil to bring you back to your centre. Take some deep breaths and bring in the essence of sweet, calming and earthy plant medicine.
- Find Time to Unwind
Allow more time to process and rest at the end of your day. Whether you prefer a bath, or a quiet sit to meditate or journal, focus on the big picture. Actively let go of any nagging thoughts and connect with deep, balancing breaths. Unpack yourself in this quiet, gentle space and lay down your burdens, they are not yours to carry.
Wishing you an easeful transition into the Fall & stay safe and warm out in the snow!
With warmth, from your Inspired Yoga Institute team