Autumn can really have different effects on different people. Some people love the changing colour of the trees and crisp days but others are left to feel anxious or restless.
This unsettled feeling, this feeling of restlessness and change, is connected to the changing seasons – and in this case it’s directly linked to the arrival of autumn. In Ayurvedic terms, autumn is the season where Vata is predominant, and Vata is the principle of movement / air. Its qualities are cold, light, dry, fast-moving and changeable. And if you have a Vata predominant constitution– slim, tall, rushes around, speaks quickly, busy mind – it’s even more important to take action to balance these qualities, ground ourselves, let go and relax.
So this is the time when we should learn from the trees, they let go of their dead leaves. Like them we should let go of what is dead inside of ourselves and not serving us. Focus on letting go of negative thoughts, letting go of patterns of behavior which do not help us or letting go of unrealistic expectations on ourselves.
Autumn is a time where we need to conserve energy for the winter months to come and this in turn allows for renewal and rejuvenation in spring.
So when Autumn knocks at the door focus on grounding and connecting with the earth through asanas like warrior and lunges which really make use of the feet and their connection to the earth.