We’re heading into our last week of Summer yogis. Autumn is fast approaching and with it, an increase in Vata is on the way too.
What is Vata, you ask? Vata is one of the three doshas, aka the three different energies/body constitutions, that are at the heart of Ayurveda (yoga’s sister science that governs our health and wellness). Everyone is made up of a combination of the three doshas, Vata, Pitta and Kapha, and although we all tend to have a dominant dosha, we ideally try to strike a healthy balance between the three. Each season, however, is governed by a particular dosha, and the increase can cause our bodies to spiral away from equilibrium.
Autumn is a Vata-dominant season, meaning that sometimes we can end up with an excess of Vata energy that leaves our hair and skin brittle and dry, our thoughts scattered and our heart anxious.
Luckily though, there are lots of things you can do to help counter-act this. Here are five yoga poses to help pacify the Vata and bring some balance back to your body this Autumn:
SEATED FORWARD FOLD
Take a seat on the floor, legs outstretched in front of you. Sit tall, flex your toes towards your body and on an inhale, reach both arms up. Exhale and fold forward over your legs, reaching for your feet, and laying your belly over your thighs.
Kneel on the floor, bringing your big toes together underneath you and taking your knees wide. Slowly begin to fold forward, allowing the belly and heart to drop down between the legs and the forehead to comet on the ground. Reach the arms back to rest alongside the shins.
Lie on your back on the floor, stretching both arms out wide and then bending at the elbows to bring the hands up above the head (cactus arms). Inhale and draw your knees up towards your heart, and then on an exhale let them drop over to one side. Repeat on both sides.
Lie on your back, taking your upper body into cactus arms. Bring your sit bones to the side of a couch or low chair, cross your ankles/shins and rest your feet on the seat, allowing the knees to drop comfortably out to either side.
As before, lie on your back with your arms in cactus and your sit bones to the side of the couch/chair. Stretch one leg straight up to the sky, and cross the ankle of the other leg over the straight leg just above the knee, making an upside-down 4 shape. Then bend your straight leg and bring the sole of the foot to rest on the seat. Flex the foot of the crossed leg to protect your knee joint.
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