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Vata is mobile and can aggravate us both physically and mentally with too much movement, so slow down and ground. Try walking barefoot in your yard, and ground into the earth. Feel the dirt, grass, and rocks between your toes. Just a few minutes a day can make all the difference.

Get out in nature. Even just for 5 minutes. If you can go for a walk in a park or the forest, that's even better. Observe the wildlife around you. It's there you just have to slow down and look.

Oil up! If giving yourself an all over oil massage with organic sesame oil seems too much then oil your feet, head, ears, and hands. This can be done in the morning and at night. This will help with dry skin but more importantly this will help to ground you. Help you to feel less...

Transition: to change from one state to another.

Here in the Pacific Northwest we are in transition from summer to fall, and although the fall equinox has come and gone we are still transitioning weather-wise; some days are cool and others almost summer like. The wind and irregular weather are both things to pay attention to during this Vata Season – what Ayurveda refers to this time of year as.

Cold, dry, rough, irregular, and mobile are all qualities of the Vata Season. What you see and feel outside, you may also feel internally, both mentally and physically. During this transitional season it’s not uncommon to find yourself feeling anxious, forgetful, or even more worrisome than normal. You may also notice your skin and throat are dry, and you’...

Looking out my window on this 4th day of October you would not think you were in the Pacific Northwest. The high today is nearly 70. However the low is 39, with much of the same for the rest of the week. Don’t let the sunshine fool you. According to the Ayurveda seasonal clock we are in the midst of Vata Season. Although sunny it is getting cold at night and you’ll notice a subtle breeze scattering those fall leaves. Be warned the traditional cooler and rainier days of the PNW are just around the corner.

What is “Vata” anyway? Vata contains the element of air and ether. The qualities of these elements are cold, drying, light, rough, and mobile. This is the time that kids are heading back to school and the hustle and bustle in households gets ramp...

For the past couple of weeks I’ve had a women coming to my Yoga class who is fairly new to flow. I noticed her throughout class as she approached her practice with great effort and I think at time a little frustration. I mention after class this week that she did wonderfully. She was so surprised and responded with an “I did?!” I said, “Of course you did, and you came back.” As she was walking out she said “This always makes me feel so good afterwards.”

We often think that Yoga is something that needs to be conquered. Yes I too have fallen into this thinking from time to time. But really if we show up and practice, we will be cracked wide open in the most unexpected ways.

Winter is my favorite time of year, but for many it is not. Regardless of how you feel about winter, here are a few tips to help you to physically and mentally during the winter months.

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Winter brings colder, damper, and darker days, which is not always a motivator to be active and engaging; we may be experiencing a lack of motivation to do much of anything frankly.

Inviting just a few self-care practices into my daily routine helps me to stay focused and healthy during these gloomier months. I do this through the practice of Ayurveda, a sister science of Yoga that has been practiced for thousands of years and teaches us to live in rhythm with nature.

In Ayurveda speak winter is ruled by Vata and Kapha. What does this mean in English? Well, it m...

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