Coming into Autumn is the opportunity to shift our perspective and balance the frenetic energy left over from summer. Whilst a few weeks ago we viewed a cold day in our “summer” with disdain, now we relish the warm days we receive as we move towards winter.
The trees are beginning to undress, there’s a crispness in the air and a vibrancy of colour. But as we enter into this period of transition, we can be left feeling a little raw and unbalanced.
So what can we expect as we transition into the cooler months?
In Ayurveda autumn is considered Vata season, the energy of change and movement, dominated by the elements air & space. This gives this season cold, light, dry, rough, erratic and moving qualities.
In balance Vata can make you feel light, carefree, creative, spontaneous and energetic. But when out of balance you can feel spacey, scattered, unstable, unsettled and anxious.
Easily aggravated at this time of year, the powerful movement quality of Vata means we need to take a little more time with our self care, particularly when it comes to our mental health. Look out for signs of imbalance, such as bloating & gas, dry skin, constipation, irregular appetite, lack of sleep, stress and tiredness. To balance, focus on diet and lifestyle that counteract these through grounding, warming & routine.
Staying balanced in Autumn
Routine & stillness will offset the moving qualities of Vata. Focus on self care practices that include moisturising and massage (particularly with oil), gentle movement and stillness – a great time to explore meditation and balancing pranayama (breathing).
Yoga is invigoration in relaxation. Freedom in routine. Confidence through self control. Energy within and energy without.
Adapt your yoga practice to balance Vata ~ think grounding, warming and calming. Practice with a slow, smooth and steady pace – luckily this is our jam! Explore fluidity, repetition, rotation in the joints and movement through the spine. Focus on the foundation of your posture and a grounding practice and don’t overdo it! Restorative yoga is particularly supportive this time of year.
As routine is an important element in balancing Vata, look for regularity in your practice & lifestyle. Establish a daily routine, rising and going to bed at the same time (allowing adequate time for rest) schedule in your yoga practice, either in studio or at home, and include regular self care and down time. Enjoy warming, nourishing food, rich in good oil.
Autumn shows us how beautiful it is to let things go.
To sum it all up ~ embrace warmth, stay nourished and keep grounded.
This month at Makai we’ll be exploring themes such as ‘letting go’, ‘finding focus’, ‘ritual’, ‘breathing deep’ and ‘cultivating peace’. We can’t wait to connect and share these beautiful practices with you.
Petra & Agustina are running a beautiful ‘Autumn Equinox’ Yin & Sound Immersion on Saturday March 20 at 4pm to embrace this time of abundance, harvest & sharing. This is an opportunity to reflect in deep rest on what we are becoming clearer, what we carry forth and what we are ready to let go of without drama, but with deep understanding that it’s time now. Enjoy an embodied Yin TCM class and a sacred sound & healing vibrations through chanting, mantra & prayer. Click here to book.
We look forward to seeing you soon 🙂
Makai Yoga Collective xx