Bringing the knowledge of Ayurveda into our yoga flows can help us open and engage in a more harmonious manner.
Vata embodies the elements of air and ether, with air being predominant. Air qualities are lightness, mobility, roughness, and ether qualities are expansiveness and minuteness. These qualities are predominant in the fall and can cause imbalances, especially for those individuals with a vata dosha.
Fall is a time when we can have a tendency to become less grounded, out of sorts, and anxious if vata imbalances arise. If you don't have a meditation practice currently, this is a great time to start one. Meditation is wonderful grounding practice that also gives you the gift of spending time within.
Key pranayama for the fall: Ujjayi (victorious breath), Sama Vrtti (equal ration breath), and Kapalabhati (skull shining breath).
Key asana: slow and mindful Sun Salutations or vinyasa flows, standing posture, balance postures, squats, twists, bridge pose, inversions, and seated postures which allow expansion in the spine. Slowing down, flowing mindfully, and rooting into the posture while simultaneously rising and expanding.