The two main doshas or mind-body principles associated with the fall season in Ayurveda are Pitta and Vata. (Find out more about doshas.) When the temperature is hot, autumn is termed Pitta; when the weather becomes chilly, it is labeled Vata. The months of late autumn and winter are referred to as "Vata season" because they have many of the characteristics of Vata, including being chilly, dry, bright, clear, and moving.
A person whose dosha is mostly Vata will be healthy, imaginative, and enthusiastic as long as these attributes are in harmony. However, when there is an excess of vata in the body and mind, it may cause an emotional or physical imbalance that can lead to conditions like sleeplessness, dry skin, arthritis, constipation, high blood pressure, anxiety, and depression.
While all body types are susceptible to Vata derangement in the fall and winter, individuals with a predominance of Vata need to be especially watchful about maintaining balance. Take this quiz to find out your dosha if you're unsure.
Here are some doable suggestions to help you stay grounded and energetic over the next chilly months in the Northern Hemisphere.
You should instead concentrate on maintaining the equilibrium of the earth and damp properties of the Kapha dosha if you are one of the readers who lives in the southern hemisphere of the globe. Here are some tips for balancing the Kapha.
Adhere to a Vata-calming Diet
Eat warming, fresh, and well-cooked dishes; stay away from undercooked or dry foods (especially salads and raw fruits and vegetables).
To avoid dehydration, consume plenty of warming drinks like hot water and herbal teas. A pint thermos container may be filled with hot water and a teaspoon of freshly grated ginger to make fresh ginger tea.
Eat more of the flavors that are sweet, sour, and salty and less of the flavors that are bitter, astringent, and pungent. Some wonderful foods that balance vata include avocados, bananas, mangoes, peaches, lemons, pumpkin, carrots, beets, asparagus, quinoa, rice, mung beans, almonds, sesame seeds, and ghee.
If your hunger appears to be more intense than normal, don't be alarmed; this is a seasonal inclination that calms Vata. Nevertheless, it goes without saying that you shouldn't overeat.
Feed Your Senses
Wear clothes composed of supple fibers in muted earth tones and pastel hues to balance Vata.
Keep warm. Given that vata is a chilly and dry dosha, it's crucial to keep your house and workplace well heated and humidified. Avoid sitting near fans or ventilators or in drafts since Vata is very sensitive to moving air.
The morning or at night, give yourself a calm, gentle self-abhyanga massage. Use a warming, nourishing oil, such sesame or almond. Additionally, because your nasal passages are prone to dryness in the winter, you may want to gently apply a drop of sesame oil inside of them.
Restful Awareness and Sleep
Get enough rest!
For Vatas, who often push themselves to the brink of physical or mental fatigue, this is crucial. Find out more about developing a routine for sound sleep here. Balance depends on getting enough sleep.
Take up meditation.
Remember that Vata thrives on consistency and routine as you include these vata-balancing routines into your life. This entails setting a regular wake-up and bedtime, eating meals at regular intervals rather to "grazing," skipping meals, or eating on the move, and scheduling time for exercise, rest, and relaxation each day.
In the months to follow, you'll notice that you feel more energised and in-tune as you establish a daily balanced regimen that feeds your mind, body, and soul.
One of the finest methods to achieve peace and tranquility for the busy Vata mind is via meditation.
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This blog is written by Nadjerah Barua.