Feeling a bit of out of sorts or out of balance with the change of season. Autumn brings a new energy; an uplifting, powerful, gusty and inspiring breeze that quickly and ferociously sweeps in after a lazy summer. In Ayurveda—the five-thousand-year-old Indian medicinal practice and sister science to yoga— states that fall is vata season.
Since the vata dosha correlates to air and space, it is important to try and balance our energies. In terms of food, this could be soups, warm freshly baked breads, and stews. We can also use breathing techniques to help bring balance to a busy day. Today we’re going to dive into a pranayama practice to help us find balance from the inside out as a means to better cope, and stay grounded, during this blistery time of year.
The pranayama practice Nadi Sodhana, also called alternate-nostril breathing, can help calm you down in moments of stress and chaotic work-life-school schedules. To begin find a comfortable seat with your back supported. Gently close your eyes and start to bring awareness around your breath. Close your right nostril with your right thumb and inhale through your left nostril for four seconds. Immediately close the left nostril with your right ring finger. At the same time remove your thumb from the right nostril and exhale for eight seconds. Switch to the left nostril, and begin again. This breathing technique produces optimum function of both the right and left side of your brain, therefore enhancing creativity and logical verbal activity. What this means for you – a quick way to balance out, cleanse, and rejuvenate your vital channels of energy in your body, keeping you refreshed, grounded and at ease as the winds pick up this fall and winter season.