Balance Your Vata Energy This Season
Written By: Danielle Brand-LeMond
According to yoga’s ancient sister-science of Ayurveda, fall is the season when the Vata, or air element, dominates. As the weather turns colder, drier, and more windy, our bodies can respond by feeling achy and stiff and our minds can become more easily distracted-i.e. airy. Vata imbalance, or Vata derangement-as it’s often called-can lead to colds and flus, digestive distress such as constipation and gas, as well as insomnia.
The good news is that you can use yoga and Ayurvedic lifestyle practices to help you balance the air element in your own body. In asana (yoga posture) practice, take a calm and unhurried approach, become aware of your physical connection to the earth through your feet and any other part of you that touches ground, and practice movements that are smooth, steady and flowing to warm your body and lubricate your joints. You don’t want to overstress your system when dealing with Vata imbalance, so keep your vinyasas and sun salutations on the moderate side.
In life off the yoga mat, nurture better Vata balance by keeping your body warm, eating nourishing soups and stews with root vegetables and squashes such as carrots, potatoes, sweet potatoes, turnips, beets and butternut squash. You can also use a sesame oil that’s made for body work to massage yourself and keep the skin and joints lubricated after a shower or bath.
Danielle’s Yoga I class on Thursday, 12/8 at 6:45pm in Normal Heights, and her Flowing Yoga I class on Friday, 12/9 at 11:30am in North Park this week will both focus on Vata balancing asana, pranayama and affirmation.