The season of autumn in Ayurveda is connected to the Vata Dosha, consisting of the elements of AIR and ETHER. You may notice the leaves are falling, the days are getting cooler, the wind is picking up. Everything is changing, moving.
The main attributes of Vata Dosha are mobile, dry, rough, light, cool, subtle and clear. I personally find that autumn is when everything happens at once, children starting a new year in school, all courses or workshops that I am interested in seem to be scheduled for this time. Changes in the environment are sudden, everything moves at lighting speed.
How can we balance this energy in nature in our lives for optimum health? By focusing on the opposing qualities. Calming the cold wind down, directing our energy inwards, warming up and grounding. In our Yoga practice we create fluidity by gently flowing sequences. We turn inward by the help of forward bends and hip openers. We focus on meditation as Vata's energy is connected to the mind directly. Focus on connecting the breath to the movement becomes ever more our aim. We may incorporate Mantras in our practice as one of the most effective ways to calm the mind. In our diet we turn to warmer, heavier foods, soups and stews, herbal teas. Trying to avoid coffee, crisps, popcorn - any kind of food that you look at and think it has cold, light, revving up energy - is a good idea.
One of the easiest way to calm the movement down is by balancing the elements of AIR and ETHER through the senses. Each of our 5 senses are connected to an element: