The change of seasons marks a time to change our lifestyles, in order to adapt to nature’s ways and keep our bodies in balance. In Ayurveda, the cooling weather of Autumn and early Winter are represented by the Vata Dosha. (In New England, we had snow today…that’s a good example of cooling off!) The qualities of Vata are dry, moveable, changeable, subtle, clear, rough, light, and cool. If your lifestyle and food choices mimic these qualities (using the principle of like increases like), we will become imbalanced. Introducing opposing qualities, however, can keep us in balance.
What does that mean? Gravitate towards creating warmth and grounding for your body, mind and spirit. Below are some signs that your Vata dosha may be imbalanced, as well as some simple suggestions to help bring you back into balance, or maintain your balance.
Signs your Vata Dosha may be out of balance:
- Your sleep is interrupted and light and/or you have difficulty falling asleep.
- You are experiencing gas and bloating.
- You are bothered by wind and cold.
- You are experiencing worry and/or anxiety.
- Your are experiencing dryness in your skin, stools, hair, eyes, etc.
- You feel “spacey” or disorganized.
Suggestions to balance your Vata Dosha:
- Dress warmly, and don’t forget to cover your neck, especially if it is windy out.
- Favor warm foods over cold and raw options.
- Choose heavier, oilier food than you would in warmer weather. Root vegetables, grains and soups are good options, as are the use of organic oils and ghee.
- Maintain a daily routine ~ Vata loves regularity!
- Eat meals at regular times. Make lunch the largest meal of the day.
- Get to bed before 10:00 pm for the soundest sleep, and take a cup of warm milk before bed, cooked with pinches of nutmeg and cardamom for digestibility and sleep inducing properties.
- Keep as regular a schedule as possible.
- Do a daily self-massage (Abhyanga) with warm oil.
- Meditate daily.
If you have issues that continue to persist, you may have a deeper imbalance. Please feel free to contact me for a consultation, either in person, or remotely over Skype.
Be well 🙂