Restore Balance with Autumn Ayurvedic Vinyasa

4 Nov

Cheekie has invited yoga and Pilates expert Meg Zirm to be a regular contributer to our blog. This week, Meg offers advice for balancing your doshas as the days get chillier.

In the ancient holistic healing science of Ayurveda there are three primary doshas: Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Each dosha relates to nature and our own mental, physical and emotional states. Within Ayurveda the five elements of air, space, fire, water and earth are also seen to constitute our physiology and are related to each of the doshas.    

The word Ayurveda comes from the words “Ayu” and “Veda” in Hindu. Ayu means life and Veda means knowledge or science, and put together Ayurveda means just that; the science of life. Ayurveda incorporates this knowledge not only to treat ailments, but also to provide an outline of how to lead a healthy, balanced life. 

Autumn is the season of the Vata dosha. Vata dosha is related to the elements of space and air. There are many changes occurring during this season: the leaves are changing colors, the air is cooling and drying out, and the days are growing darker. The rise in Vata  is seen in this sense of movement and dryness. 

This rise in Vata is not limited to changes in weather and darker days. You may feel an imbalance within yourself as your doshas are in constant flux. If you are feeling worn out, emotionally and physically erratic, fatigued, achy, prone to illness with dry and itchy skin, or constipated, your excess Vata may be the cause. 

To rebalance your doshas and realign yourself with the elements this autumn I have some simple and effective lifestyle and diet solutions and a vinyasa practice for you. 

Diet & Routine:

  • Be sure to keep yourself hydrated. Remember that alcohol and caffeine dry out your system.
  • Keep warm with hearty soups and tea.
  • Stick to a regular sleep & meal schedule (up to 5 small meals per day).
  • Dedicate time for meditation and asana practice.
  • Journal your goals & thoughts.
  • Apply sesame oil to extra dry or rough skin before showering.

Vinyasa:

  • Begin in a comfortable seat. Close your eyes and draw your attention inwards. During this practice we will focus on stability and strength while staying grounded.
  • Breathe slow and even in and out through your nose. On each exhalation silently repeat the mantra, “BE.” Complete 5-10 rounds of breath.
  • Tadasana (mountain pose) with your hands in Anjali Mudra (prayer pose). Close your eyes and once again focus on strength, stability and being grounded. Just be.
  • 5 rounds of Surya Namaskar A
  • 3 rounds of Surya Namaskar B.
  • Childs Pose.
  • Savasana.

Meg Zirm teaches Pilates, yoga and ballet fusion classes in New Jersey. A student of yoga and Pilates for nearly 15 years, Meg’s teaching style has grown from her sense of body awareness, love of movement and union of body and mind. Fusing her classical training, knowledge and experience, Meg strives to empower her clients through the freedom and strength of mind-body movement.

A certified 200 hour Registered Yoga Teacher through the Yoga Alliance, Meg received her yoga teacher training at the YogaLife Institute in Wayne, PA.  She has furthered her training with Sadie Nardini and her Core Strength Vinyasa Yoga Immersion certification program at YogaWorks, NYC.  Meg received her Pilates certifications through Balanced Body University (BBU). Contact Meg at mbzirm@gmail.com.

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