The inspiration behind this week’s article came to me as I wrestled across London with my case on my way to a yoga retreat. I was hungry and started to feel air-like (vata). The escalators weren’t working; the case was bigger than me, and my stomach was drumming for the whole world to hear.
I’ve inherited a milder form of my father’s ability to bring his whole life with him on any break nor matter how small. He has three coats in his boot at all times. I have three pairs of yoga leggings on me at all times, though for some reason this day despite what I was carrying, I’d only remembered to pack one pair!
After finally arriving at Marylebone station and finding little in the way of food that was both wheat and dairy free, I started to feel a bit anxious, not because I have a fear of travelling, but because I become very vata if I’m not fed.The good news is, five minutes later I found a café and ate myself back into balance. I realised I had forgotten my golden rules and I had allowed myself to become too vata!
So what is vata and what’s it got to do with Autumn and being airy?
In brief during the months of October to December according to the Ayurveda medicine ( the sister science of yoga) we come into the time of vata. Vata is the air element which is creativity and expression but out of balance can create a feeling of anxious and airy. For more detailed information on vata, see this great article I wrote under my spiritual name. My article also has a full vata yoga sequence too!
So back to my tips, the best thing I feel is to allow the creativity of air to express itself but from a grounded stable structure. The good news is you can easily create that stable structure within you. Here is how….
- Slow down. Yes, stop running around as soon as you feel out of balance. Try standing still on the spot. Then, as you inhale imagine the air coming out of your feet. Imagine your roots extending well beyond the ground. As you exhale, imagine any fizziness leaving you with your exhalation. Repeat for a few minutes or more until you feel calm. You can also do this seated, just make sure your feet have contact with the ground.
For extra grounding ( when it’s not too cold) I put my feet on grass. It earths me a treat. Why not make the most of the autumn and go on a nice meditation walk? See my walking meditation article
2. Do more work on your breathing. Since air is the element than good breathing is the key. I do this before bed and it balances me. Vata in balance flows calmly. See my article on three breathing examples you can try.
3. Try not to skip meals and do get enough sleep. Being hungry and not having enough sleep is stressful as it is! Keep the body in balance and treat yourself with care.
Enjoy and happy grounding! Don’t forget to try my vat yoga routine in my article
Let me know how you get on. I would love to know!
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Finally, my amazing new book is out at the end of November so watch this space.