Fall is a time of transition, it’s apparent all around us with the cooler temperatures, shorter days and nature preparing itself for winter. Ayurveda suggests that we too, should do the same. Autumn months are considered dry, cold, rough, windy, erratic, subtle, and clear. These are all qualities shared by vata dosha, comprised of air and ether elements. By adopting seasonally appropriate diet and lifestyle choices can help keep the air and ether elements balanced throughout our mind and body, and set us up for a healthier winter. Balancing vata dosha with diet, lifestyle, herbs, meditation, and yoga supports a strong body-consciousness allowing us to live in harmony through both daily and seasonal changes.
If we consider the Ayurvedic principle that like increases like, and opposite invite balance, vata season, (which has qualities of cold, light, dry, and unpredictable or erratic behavior- like the wind!) will be less aggravating if you counter it with warmth, oiliness, moisture, nourishment, loving relationships, and a sense of grounding, predictability & routine. In addition, you may find it helpful to familiarize yourself with signs and symptoms of vata imbalance so that you are better prepared to address those immediately, if they do arise.
Signs and Symptoms of Vata Imbalance may include:
Diets for the Changing Season
Your diet is a powerful way to soothe vata this fall. Substantive, oily, nourishing foods that are high in protein, high in fat, brought to life with warming, stimulating spices, served fresh & hot, can help maintain internal reserves of moisture and keep you grounded and peaceful through the cooler months.
Enjoy & Increase:
Minimize & Reduce:
Vata Balancing Lifestyle Tips
Our daily activities have a profound effect on our health. A routine, practiced daily, is a more potent medicine than an occasional remedy. Consistency is of utmost importance as we enter into vata season. “It’s the things we do every day that create health & vitality”
Ayurvedic Health Counselor