Fall, the Season of Vata

What is Ayurveda? Ayurveda is a system dates back 5,000 years to the ancient Sanskrit texts, the Vedas. Translates as “knowledge of life,” it examines physical constitution, emotional nature, and spiritual outlook.

Ayurveda is a system of living with nature. The natural rhythm and flow of universal life and the Law of Least Effort. Ayurveda emphasizes the unshakable connections between the body, mind, and spirit. However, Ayurveda's connectedness extends far beyond the individual, reaching into the universal.

“When you observe nature, you will notice that grass doesn’t try to grow; it just grows. Birds don’t try to fly; they just fly. Flowers don’t try to blossom; they just blossom. Nature functions with effortless ease, frictionlessly and spontaneously. It is intuitive, holistic, non-linear, and nourishing.  You will expend least effort when your actions are motivated by love, because nature is held together by the energy of love. When you chase after status, money, power, or accolades, you waste energy, but when your actions are motivated by love, your energy expands and accumulates. So take it easy and be guided by love.” Deepak Chopra, M.D.

Like Yoga, Ayurveda is a system of creative balance for our personal needs according to our Dosha bringing harmony and balance into our lives for overall wellness. In theory, too much of any one thing creates in-balance, therefor, we create balance with opposites. Ex: Adding heat to something that is already hot, will create more heat. However adding cold to heat will create the balance of warmth.

How does this apply to the season. Fall is considered to a season of Vata.

The fall brings with it a predominance of air element and prana(the vital breath, the subtle essence of life) is abundant in the atmosphere. Autumn is dry, rough, windy, erratic, cool, subtle, and clear. These are all qualities shared by vatadosha, and because like increases like, autumn is considered a vata season. This same principle illustrates why taking a few simple steps to balance vata this fall can be tremendously beneficial. - Melody Mischke

5 ways to create balance and harmony this Fall:

  1. Routine: One of the most effective ways to support vata is by establishing a daily routine. Try to do the same things (wake up, exercise, eat meals, go to bed, etc.) at roughly the same times each day.

  2. Exercise: The best times of day to exercise are in the early morning and evening hours (6–10 a.m. and 6–10 p.m.). Vata is very easily aggravated by fast, mobile activities, so consider slow, gentle, strengthening forms of exercise instead. Walking, hiking, swimming, biking, yoga, and tai chi are good choices, provided they are done at an appropriate level of intensity. Ideally, exercise at about fifty to seventy percent of your capacity, breathing through your nose the entire time. And remember to balance your activity with adequate relaxation and sleep so that your tissues can rejuvenate properly.

  3. Pranayama: Nadi Shodhana (Alternate Nostril Breathing) is balancing and calming to our nervous system and vata pacifying this this time of year.

  4. Meditation: Set the tone for your day by rising early, taking full advantage of the silence, stillness, and peace that are intrinsic to the early morning hours. Then, you can calm your nervous system, awaken your tissues, and ground your energy by massaging your skin with warm, organic Sesame Oil before bathing.

  5. Diet: Vata is light, dry, cool and crisp to balance this by adding substantive foods, oil, high fat, high protien, moist foods into your diet adding stimulating spices to create internal heat served hot to balance moisture and keep you grounded. Think stews, soups, and root vegetables.

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