The arrival of Vata is a harbinger of change. During these autumn months, the wind kicks up leaving the air with a very dry and crispy sensation. The temperature drops emphasizing cold, rough, and unstable elements. The body and mind can go haywire during this time resulting in colds, headaches, anxiety and mental restlessness. Warmth, a sense of grounding stillness and gently fluidity of movement are important qualities to nurture during this time.
Music can be a tool to tap into a state of balance. Songs that incorporate earthy sounds such as slow drum beats or steady soft bass will help calm the hyperactivity of body and mind. Easy tempo tunes with sultry vocals or deep wood instruments such as cello or acoustic guitar provide a soothing influence.
Here is a playlist to help calm the frazzled yoga student, the anxious commuter or the stuffed-up and stiff jointed among us. Ease those headphones on and find a soft and warm seat to sink into allowing the music to be your aural medicine.
Vata Season Tracklist
Great Release | LCD Soundsystem
Human Being | Cat Power
Soldier of Love | Sade
Mood Indigo | Charles Mingus
The Nest | Jose Gonzalez
Bags & Trane | Milt Jackson & John Coltrane
Meadowlarks | Fleet Foxes
Another Sleep Song | Graham Nash
Wild Is The Wind | Nina Simone
Fall | Miles Davis
Broken Mirrors | The Chromatics
Soft Trees Break The Fall | Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
Listen via Spotify: Vata Season 2012
Tara Steinke lives in Los Angeles. She works in the music industry and is also a 500 RYT yoga teacher and writer. Inspired by the connections between music, subtle body/chakras, and yoga, she is a firm believer that yoga is for everyone and loves to teach those who stubbornly refuse to believe that they can enjoy yoga. Connect with Tara on Facebook and Twitter.