How to balance this season - End of Summer and beginning of Autumn.

In the northern Hemisphere, we are coming out of the hot season dominated by Pitta to enter the Vata season.

Some of you might already have experienced some storms, windy days and cooler temperatures, and the days are getting shorter. Nature has more yellow tones like yellow leaves for example. In Ayurveda, this is the beginning of the Vata season.

This is a time to do a Pitta cleansing and slowly switch to a Vata Balancing lifestyle.

Ayurveda considers seasonal routine {rtucharya} to be one of the important changes for health maintenance and disease prevention.

Autumn (Fall, depending where you live) is a time of transition and change characterized by Vata dosha and its gunas: laghu (light), ruksha (dry), khara (rough), chala (mobile), and akash (empty), hima (cool) qualities.

Traditionally panchakarma will be used at this time to cleanse the body from excess Pitta that builds up during the summer months and prepare the body for the change into Autumn (Fall).

During the transaction from Summer to Autumn, from heat to cold, from sweats to chills, it is easy for your body to get out of balance. Especially if you are a Vata person, it is important at this time, to keep Vata under control.

Signs of Vata imbalance are: -dryness in the whole body, including constipation, - gas and bloating -insomnia -anxiety -a scattered mind.

Autumn diet will be a vata pacifying diet (you still need to consider your individual state of imbalance too).

Some days it might still be hot/warm weather therefore you can still eat cooling food (Pitta balancing).

Autumn Diet:

Vata is pacified by the sweet, sour, and salty tastes and aggravated by the pungent, bitter, and astringent tastes.

Favor smooth, warm, oily, moist, grounding and nourishing food over dry, light or rough. Note that sweet taste is not about sugar is about how a food taste: sweetness in fruit, vegetables, grains, and sweet spices like Fennel, etc.

Fresh local produce which is in season is generally considered balancing.

Vata balancing diet will have plenty of freshly cooked, whole foods that are soft or mushy in texture, rich in protein and fat, seasoned with a variety of spices, and served either warm or hot. These foods will provide lubrication, nourishment to the tissues, moist and heat while supporting optimal digestion.

Avoid cold food and fasting.

Routine is key, eating at the same time each day will strengthen the digestive fire {Agni} and will balance the mobile {chala} and spacious {akash} qualities of Vata.

Herbal teas: ginger, cardamom, clove, cinnamon will help kindle Agni and at night time a cup of golden milk with some nutmeg will help with good night sleep.

Drinking milk before going to sleep is Ojas building and also help the reproductive system.

Other changes:

  • wear a color that pacify Vata, orange, reds, and yellows, just like the color of nature at this time of the year.

  • Nasya (nose medicated oil) to lubricate the nasal passages and reduce dryness and irritation of the sinuses while soothing the nervous system.

  • Abhyanga self-massage with vata balancing oil or sesame oil.

  • Practice Nadi shodana pranayama (breathing) to balance the nadis and vayus.

  • Sound {shabda} is the sense connected with vata, organ is the ears, protecting the ears from cold, wind, unpleasant sound will balance Vata. If you are a light sleeper consider wearing earplugs at night.

  • Karna purana is the therapy of putting 5 drops of warm sesame oil or medicated oil in each ear.

  • Vata balancing poses to include in your yoga practice are camel, cobra, grounding poses and warm (brisk) walk in nature.

  • Ashwagandha is a Rasayana (rejuvenating) herb, Dashamila {the 10 roots) formula, Bala and Tagar are ayurvedic herbs often used to balance vata.

Ayurveda is about prevention and If you take care of your imbalances right from the start of this Vata season, your immune system and general health will be stronger by the time the cold and flu season arrives.

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