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Yoga for All Seasons: Autumn
Posted By Nichole Golden On October 13, 2013 @ 10:17 am In Fitness, Yoga | 9 Comments
It is important that we change with the seasons — just as nature does — by adapting our daily habits, yoga practice  and food choices.
Ironically, it is only through change that was can stay grounded during this shifting season.
According to Ayurveda, there are three primary doshas , or energies. Just as each person has a dosha that predominates, each season is also dominated by one of the three doshas.
The vata dosha is most prevalent during autumn. Vata governs movement in the body, as well as activating the nervous system and the processes of elimination. The qualities of vata are cold, dry, rough, light, changeable, irregular and moving. Vata is composed of the elements of air and space. Because of vata’s association with the nervous system, its state is often reflected in our mental health.
With the abundance of vata energy circulating during the fall season, our bodies and minds can become overwhelmed and out of balance. During this time of year, you may feel unsettled, ungrounded and unstable. But while we cannot change the seasonal weather shifts, we can maintain internal balance by adjusting our lifestyles to counter the predominant vata energy in nature. We do this by incorporating yoga poses, food and lifestyle choices that naturally hold the opposite qualities of the vata dosha.
During autumn, try to schedule your yoga practice  at the same time every day and for the same length of time. This will help to build a routine and calm the chaotic vata energy. Do yoga poses that focus on the lungs and large intestines, as these are the two organs associated with the fall season.
2. Side Stretches: Revolved Head-to-Knee Pose 
5. Sun Salutations  will also warm the body during the chill of autumn.
After your practice, enjoy a long Savasana  (Corpse Pose) to stabilize the moving energy of vata.
It is important to eat three meals a day, preferably at the same time each day. Try to avoid skipping meals and sporadic grazing, and be sure to sit down while enjoying your food. Like all other lifestyle choices around this time, set a routine around eating. Here are some insights to help guide your fall meal plan.
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