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The Rhythms Of Nature: Vata Fall Season

According to Ayurveda, an imbalance with the fundamental energies and rhythms of nature is the primary cause for disease.

Fall is the season of vata

 Vata Dosha elements are "ether and air". Think of the Fall season wind. Just as the wind is subtle and changeable, the energy of vata dosha in the body is variable and strongly influenced by changes in the environment.
Vata inbalanced qualities can be described as; light- cold -rough- dry- mobile- erratic which in essencence is the feeling of fall.

Daily activities and seasons have a profound effect on our health. A routine, practiced daily, is stronger medicine than an occasional remedy. Consistency is of particular importance as we enter into vata season.

When the cool, fall weather arrives and trees start to lose their leaves we know the holiday season is upon us, it can sometimes be difficult to maintain a peaceful, grounded state of being during this time. Having a routine to follow restores balance throughout the day, every day, safeguarding against the anxiety and stress associated with the seasonal change which brings about increased vata.


Signs & Symptoms of Increased Vata
You may be experiencing some of the following signs or symptoms:
  • light, interrupted sleep
  • spacey, scattered feeling
  • excess thinking or worrying
  • forgetfulness
  • nervousness, anxiety, panic, fear
  • twitches, tics, tremors, spasms
  • dry or chapped skin
  • constipation, gas, bloating, dry, hard stools
  • low body weight
  • dislike of cold and wind
  • difficulty tolerating loud noises

An Ayurvedic Consultation Can Help: Meeting with our Ayurvedic educators you can determine your bodies constitution (Dosha) to better determine your individual needs for  healthy and balanced Fall and Winter seasons. As we let go of the heat of the summer and prepare for the fall, our body seeks change. These changes can be witnessed in the natural world, plants, animals and all living things naturally go through changes to prepare for the upcoming seasons. 

To Balance Vata during fall season: Routine is essential. Foods need to be nourishing, and daily practices of self-care ground Vata and balance the light, cold, erratic, and dry qualities. Limit raw foods, and favor cooked seasonal foods. Increase warming spices and nourishing oils (Ghee) along with the tastes of naturally sweet root vegetables. Increase salty and sour tastes. Find a regular time for rising and sleep, along with regular meals. Drink warming digestive balancing teas.  Do practices of self abhyanga (oiled massage). Participate in yoga classes, or meditation. Wear warm colors of natural fabric. Use essential oils .

Shirodhara and Abyhanga both help Vata to calm and to not only become, but remain balanced.
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