It’s that time of the year when the nip in the air would very soon arrive.Yes, as autumn stands at our doorstep, the transition from hot and humid to cold and dry can be challenging. Cold, cough, fever, tight hips, dry skin etc. our body takes its time to adjust to the seasonal demands and fight this battle of change with conviction. As per Ayurveda, the fall season is a predominantly Vata (air+space) season where dryness presides our body, mind and soul. This is the reason our skin peels off, hair lacks luster and the lips chap.
The winds of change uproot us from the breezy tanks and linen shirts to knits and wools.
The homeless feeling of the transition period can be countered with the ancient science of yoga.
Yoga speaks vividly of grounding postures that can help the practitioner overcome the side effects of weather play and maintain his or her health. We suggest these few poses to accommodate the new climate and bid goodbye to summer for the year.
A calming and grounding benefits of Balasana or Child’s pose are well known. Activating the third eye chakra, the pose relaxes the back and ease out any tension in the spinal column. A deep and gentle breath throughout the pose can release stress in the mind and instantly calm the body down.
Often during winters we experience tightness and rigidness in the joints. Hip joint or the pelvic region witnesses increased tightness due to dryness in the air and the body in addition to long sitting hours and less movement in winters. Therefore, Butterfly pose is beneficial during this time as it opens the hip flexors and relieves the tightness in the thighs, hips and lower back.
Boosting strength and immunity, the Warrior Pose Series entails Warrior pose I, II and III, which form as an integral part of any fall yoga sequence. Conditioning the mind for the coming external challenges, the poses work on the entire body. Opening the chest area, it increases the flow of the breath in the body and also makes space in the hip joints, shoulder joints, strengthens the knees and the core.
Grounding and balancing pose, Vrkshasana or the Tree Pose is a necessity in the changing weather condition. Just like a tree grips the roots and is not affected by the external forces, this pose imbibes similar characteristics in the practitioner’s mind and body. The unwavering commitment to good health and a balanced mind, this pose should ideally be practiced all year round.
Wide legged Pose
A great hip openers, Upavistha Konasana or Seated Wide legged Pose and Prasarita Padottasana A, B and C or Standing Wide Legged Poses are highly beneficial to remove Vata from the body. Strengthening and toning the lower body, autumn blues can be busted by practicing these poses.
Here is a small yoga sequence to help you ease into the Fall season.