If like me, the windy weather (up to 49mph here!) is scattering your thoughts and making you cold, distracted and unsettled, it’s probably because the weather is messing with your vata dosha.

A couple of ways to feel more grounded and balanced:

Insulate yourself from draughts and the wind with an extra thermal layer under your clothes; this is less about warmth and more about draught exclusion!

Eat warming grounding foods such as hot stews.

  • Practice Nadi Shodhana Pranayama/Channel clearing breath which will help to bring balance to the mind by synchronising the left and right hemispheres of the brain which also helps to lower the anxiety, stress, and unrest associated with excess vata, leaving you peaceful, grounded and relaxed. (Read through all the steps first)
  • Find a comfortable seated position with a relaxed but erect spine and allow your left hand to rest in the lap. Maybe in chin mudra.
  • Bring your right first and middle finger into the palm and allow the eyes to close.
  • Gently close the right nostril with the right thumb and inhale through the left nostril. Use the ring finger to softly seal the left nostril, release the thumb and exhale through the right nostril. Inhale through the right nostril, and then seal it with the thumb.
  • Exhale through the left nostril. Inhale through the left nostril, seal it with the ring finger and exhale through the right nostril.

TIP: Each exhalation through either nostril is followed by an inhalation through the same nostril before sealing and switching.

Repeat this gentle cycle of breath for 10-20 rounds (In/Ex as shown in the video through R + L is one round). The breathing should be full, nourishing, rhythmical but relaxed.

When you have completed the rounds allow the right hand to fall gently to the lap and breath normally for a few moments before slowly blinking open the eyes or moving into seated meditation.

You can find a video of the breathing over on Instagram @stretchandthecity


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