Even though it is 1 billion degrees out right now (global warming, truly the biggest hoax EVER…) fall has arrived. It’s the time for pumpkin spice everything and the sudden yearning to be indoors and insulated by family, friends, blankets and sweaters. As we transition into fall it is important to note some key concepts from our sister science Ayurveda to appropriately honor and maintain ourselves during this time of year. Here are a few ways to slip into fall like a yogi.
First, what is Vata? Vata is one of the three doshas, or qualities, that exists in every cell of our bodies. Most of us tend to gravitate towards one or two of the doshas more. You can find out what your predominant dosha is here.
Vata is the element of air, cold, lightness, dryness, movement and change. It is the leader dosha, meaning that kapha and pitta (the two other doshas) are dependent on Vata to move. In this season of vata (the leaves are changing, the wind is blowing and it’s dry and cold) vata needs to be balanced out. Here are a few ways you can balance Vata this fall:
- SLOW THE F*&K DOWN: Ok sweet babe, you’ve had your fun. You blacked out at the pre-Colts Game on Michelob Ultra and Jaeger bombs while dominating as the maid of honor at your best friend(s-multiple) weddings all while climbing the corporate ladder and getting that coveted Senior Advisor role (or if you’re like me, you binge watched all the seasons of anything worth watching on Netflix whilst running a marathon with your kid in a stroller and baking an apple custard pie simultaneously), but now it’s time to slooooooooowwwwww down. Fall is the time to turn inward, reflect and pause. Start making a ‘To Don’t Do List’ where you begin to prioritize what’s important and leave off what’s not. See if you can add one more hour of sleep, or one more moment of reflection before you jump into the fast paced parts of your life.
- Eat warm, comforting foods: I know, I know, your macros meal only allow for kale and cold plantain chips. There’s a reason we crave warm, comforting foods in the fall and winter- because our body needs them. Don’t binge out on PSLs. Try a few of these:
3. Get in a routine: You know whether you are a morning person or a night owl. You know when you feel energized exercising and eating and when you don’t (or if you don’t know the aforementioned, work some svadhyaya – self study- and get to know yourself!). Now is the time to set a schedule and stick to it. Create a routine that is rewarding, calming and creates a sense of balance. Vata energy NEEDS structure and routine to chill her changing energy out.
4. Nurture Yourself: Take a bath, add restorative or yin yoga into your weekly yoga practice, read at the end of your day instead of scrolling through instagram. Whatever suits you best to nurture yourself- do it.
5. Pause: Whether it’s 30 minutes or 5 minutes, take time out of each day to sit still. Maybe journal, meditate, breath or pray. Consider time in your day where you are not moving and not doing, but simply being. Vata’s energy wants you to change, to move and to flit about. Encourage yourself to take necessary pauses so that you can remember that as you are- you are enough.
**BONUS TIP!: OIL UP– your skin gets super dry in the fall, so after a shower (or during) oil up with almond oil, coconut oil, sesame oil or something hydrating to keep your skin silky and smooth. I’m currently loving this! https://www.etsy.com/listing/500910557/moon-dust-body-oil-moisturizer-skin-care?ref=related-2
Welcome to one of the loveliest seasons of the year yogis. May you have a beautiful, bountiful and relaxing season.