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Even if the summer is over and long yoga sessions out in the sun are not possible, yoga is a practice that is suitable throughout the whole year. It is, however, important to make some adjustments to one’s daily life throughout the seasons in order for the results of yoga to be just as potent as the ones in the warm months.

Ayurvedic Perspective

According to the ancient medical practice of Ayurveda, there are three basic doshas that exist in individuals and nature in different proportions. During the autumn season, the dosha of vata is dominant throughout. The vata dosha is one that is responsible for the nervous and excretory systems in the body. Vata is characterized by its cold, light, windy, moving, dry, and rough qualities. It is said to be made of space and air.

When vata is high in the autumn, the body can also accumulate more vata within itself. This can bring the vata element out of balance and cause one to feel more ungrounded and electrical. A few lifestyle adjustments can balance the vata quality of autumn. This can be through food, special yoga poses, and lifestyle changes that are opposite to the vata element.

Yoga Poses
During the fall season, it is best to have a yoga practice that is done at the same time each day. Routine balances the chaotic vata energy. Some poses that are good for vata that concentrate on the intestines and lungs as the primary seats of vata are twist poses, side stretches, backbends, warrior poses, and the sun salutations.

Food and Spices
Eating at the same time each day can balance vata. The best way to eat is to sit and eat food in silence without multitasking. Foods that are good for vata balancing are warm soups, warm and moist meals, apples, warm teas and beverages, warm spices (ginger, cinnamon, cardamom), root vegetables, and any other sweet, salty, or sour foods.

Going to bed before 10:00 p.m. and rising with the sun is an important part of the vata-balancing routine. Another way to keep vata in balance is to avoid talking excessively and remain in silence more often.

Since vata is associated with the skin, massaging it with warm oil will balance the vata-related emotions of fear, nervousness, and depression. Doing regular meditations, even if they are short, are important to calming and grounding oneself.