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In fall, the Air element is dominant. It is the vata time of year. Imagine a windy autumn day. The air is dry, cool, and moving. As these qualities increase during the fall and winter seasons in nature, they increase in our individual nature as well.
Fall and early winter remind us of impermanence and death. The season is windy, emptying, rough, and dry. If we are listening, we may feel our mind and body undergoing a shift toward a more inward focus. Like a turtle drawing its head into a protective shell, winter is a time for intuition, stillness, and dying off. When out of balance in winter, we can tend toward the more vata-genic conditions of constipation, fear, cracking joints, arthritic pain, dry skin, anxiety, insomnia, and seasonal sadness (due to the lack of sunlight). How you care for yourself during the fall season will determine your body’s ability to maintain health through winter. Winter is the time to keep warm, oiled-up, nourished, and protected.
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