As the vibrant fall leaves start to swirl and fall, it’s easy to see we have entered Vata season! Remember Vata’s qualities are light, dry, clear, mobile and cold. Notice how the leaves mimic these traits by becoming dry, crunchy and quickly moving through the clear, crisp sky. Because we are part of nature’s cycle, you may notice that you are feeling those qualities in your mind and body as well. Here are some tips to help you embrace the change of season:
1. Embrace Warming Foods. Our bodies need extra warmth when it’s cold outside, and one of the best ways to feel warmer is by incorporating warming foods into our meals. Foods like soups, herbal teas, and oatmeal can feel extra nourishing right now. You’ll also want to add warming spices like ginger, cinnamon, cardamom and cloves to meals.
2. Ground Yourself with Yoga. Daily yoga practice will help you stay grounded through this season of change. Standing poses are especially helpful because of the connection through your legs to the Earth. Earth balances the airiness of Vata season.
3. Keep Your Ears Warm. Ears are one of the sites of Vata, so keep them covered and warm, especially when it’s windy. Doing so can also keep you from losing your inner equilibrium which can result in dizziness.
4. Start a Gratitude Journal. With Thanksgiving just around the corner, it’s a great time to get back to your daily gratitude practice. Keep a notebook by your bed, and end your day writing down three things you’re thankful for. This simple ritual can make you more aware of the abundance in your life, and foster more joy in your daily life.
5. Enjoy the Seasonal Harvest. Although the Harvest Moon has passed, there is still abundant produce to enjoy. Visit the farmer’s market as inspiration for delicious, grounding meals that include root vegetables, pumpkin, and winter squash. Anything you find that’s fresh and local is good for balancing Vata. Nature always shows us the way to balance if you’re eating locally!
Remember that wellness is a personal experience. Use these tips as a guide, but even more importantly listen to your intuition around what you need for balance. And let gratitude be your guiding light!