Fall is officially here! There are so many things to love about fall—the cooling temperatures, the crisp feel of the air, the explosion of color as the leaves change—but it is a season of change, and change can leave us feeling unsettled.
Moreover, according to the Ayurvedic tradition, our Vata doshas become more prominent in the fall season. Vata governs the movement in the body as well as our nervous systems, and so an abundance of Vata—such as we might feel in fall—can leave us feeling unbalanced.
To combat these sensations of restlessness and unease, it's a good idea to evaluate our habits—including our yoga practices—and make adjustments to take us into the coming season. Here are five tips for transitioning your practice for fall:
Begin your day with sun salutations
Fall brings cooler weather, and so heat-building activities like sun salutations are more than welcome. By starting your day with sun salutations, you're also setting the tone for your day.
It's a good idea to practice pranayama all the time, but it's especially important during fall because focusing on our breath can help us feel more steady in our bodies. Consider adding pranayama, such as alternate nostril breathing, to your daily routine this fall.
Practice grounding asanas
Seek out asanas that are grounding yet energizing to help you transition physically into the fall season. Consider incorporating some or all of the following poses into your fall practice: Virabhadrasana I (Warrior I), Virabhadrasana II (Warrior II), Utkata Konasana (Goddess Pose), Malasana (Garland Pose), Vrksasana (Tree Pose). As always, be sure that you have adequately warmed up your body with some sun salutations or jumping jacks before beginning to practice, and, as always, remember to honor your body and its limitations while practicing asanas.
Take a long savasana
Indulging in a long savasana after practice can help stabilize the erratic Vata dosha and help you stay grounded. Consider having a blanket or sweatshirt handy to stay warm, if needed.
Recommit to your practice
Developing routines helps us adjust to change, and recommitting to your yoga practice is a perfect way to develop a healthy routine. Get started with some of the great deals the studio is currently running to help you recommit, like the membership special ($95 for an unlimited, auto-renewing membership), the two months of unlimited yoga for the price of one special, or the renewal special (once you've completed 5 classes in October, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll send you a code to use in November that will grant you 50% off a 3-, 5-, or 10-class pack or 50% off the first month of membership! ClassPassers welcome; only one code per student).
Are you looking forward to fall? How do you plan to transition your practice for fall?
Photo credit: @tirzavandijk