Happy Fall Y'all

Happy October!!  If I haven’t said it before, I love this time of year: the colors of the leaves as they shift from the vibrant greens of spring and summer to the earthy and majestic reds, oranges, yellows and browns; the crispness of the air and the way it smells – both fruity and earthy-musty; the longer nights, which for me feel cozy and comforting; I even love the foods that are being harvested like apples and pumpkins and squashes.  But it's a big shift as we move from the expansive days and heat of summer toward the long cold nights of winter.  And given all the changes that are happening in nature it’s easy to feel out of balance and ungrounded.

If we look toward the sister science of yoga, Ayurveda, we are reminded of the 3 doshas, or the 3 energies or constitutions that make up everything: vata, pitta, kapha.  These 3 doshas, are linked with the elements:

                Vata=air/ether, and is characterized by dryness, lightness, airiness, movement

                Pitta=fire, and is characterized by heat, warmth, passion, focus

              Kapha=water/earth, and is characterized by steadiness, groundedness, earthiness 

While most of us are made up of a unique combination of the 3 doshas,  there is usually one that is more dominant and usually one way that we tend to go out of balance.

The fall season, as it is in the mid-Atlantic/New England area, is typically cool, dry, airy – there is a lot of movement as the leaves dry up and fall off the trees and float to the ground.  Therefore, our fall is characterized as a Vata season.  And just like nature experiences this airiness, and brittleness, and movement, we too can take on those characteristics, leaving us feeling ungrounded, scattered, even a little more stressed out.  

And beyond the change of seasons, the way we multi-task activities and use technology on a regular basis– like sending quick texts while we walk down the street or quickly checking our emails in between meetings or during a conversation - has led us toward shorter attention spans and feeling unsettled and unfocused.  So, balancing the Vata dosha is a really good thing to do – not only during the Fall season, but on a fairly regular basis.

There are many ways that we can balance the doshas: we can do so through the foods that we eat, through the ways we move our bodies, through different meditation and breathing techniques. If you are curious about learning more about Ayurveda and the doshas you can research Ayurvedic specialists to help you. 

As we head deeper into fall, I will share some tools – through the lens of yoga and Reiki  - that can help balance Vata, so that you can move through this time of year in a more grounded, focused way.

But here is one thing that you can do right now, to help you start feeling a little more rooted and grounded:

A Simple Cat/Cow- Child’s Pose Sequence.  This practice gets you moving with the rhythm of your breath, keeps you connected to the earth, and is not super challenging  - all of these factors are really helpful tools when trying to balance Vata.

Have fun practicing and let me know how it goes!

Peace, Love, and Bliss,

Beth

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