How to survive and even THRIVE in the dry cold of Autumn, according to Ayurveda? If you’re tired of feeling dry, itchy and chilled to the bone at the first leaf-drop, read on, as this post is your survival guide, or more specifically, your Vata-Pacifying Guide for your transition from the balmy days of summer to the windy, coolness of Fall.
Vata is a Dosha (a mind/body type in Ayurveda), comprised of the elements of Air and Ether (space). We don’t just find the Doshas being expressed in our bodies, but in everything in existence, including the seasons. Vata is most predominant in the late summer to early Winter.
Ayurveda offers us guidelines of living, specific to each season (rutucharya), including suggested foods, herbs, daily habits, types of exercise, colours, aromas, Yogic practices, etc. which will bring in the opposite energies of those that are most predominant during that seasonal period, thus bringing balance back to our bodies. This is why Ayurveda is so amazing it its simplicity and applicability.
10 AYURVEDIC TIPS FOR FALL
1. Think HEAVY, WARM & MOIST 2. Prioritize foods that are Sweet, Sour & Salty 3. Avoid foods that are Pungent, Bitter & Astringent 4. Choose herbs like Cumin, Coriander, Fennel, Cinnamon, Clove, Tulsi, or just drink our VATA TEA daily to simplify things! 5. Avoid or limit coffee, as it can be very Vata-aggravating (dry, jitteriness anyone?). Try our AYURVEDIC COFFEE instead. 6. Avoid cold or windy environments, or dress warmly, especially covering the head. 7. Keep exercise slow, calm and repetitive! High intensity, erratic workouts will only make things worse. AND routine is key! 8. Take warm baths as much as you can. Practice Abhyanga (Oil Massage) 30 minutes before you bathe (Our VATA ABHYANGA OIL is the best!) 9. Meditate, meditate, meditate. I cannot say this enough… 10. Adorn your body and environment in scents that are warming, comforting and calming, like our VATA SACRED ESSENCE, or use Ginger, Orange, Clary Sage, Vetiver, Spikenard, etc. 11. Yogic Asanas (postures) & Pranayama (breathing techniques) to pacify Vata? Try Standing-Forward Bend (Uttanasana), Legs Up the Wall (Upavistha Konasana) & Bee 🐝 Breath (Bhramari Pranayama).
Here's to a wonderful Autumn transition rich with crisp walks, colours ablaze and spiced teas in hand!