Autumn (Fall) season represents the major transition of mother earth from warm season to cold season. Temperatures, which, just a few weeks ago were raging with the intense heat of summer, are beginning to hint at the telltale crispness of autumn. The air is crisp and fresh. Many trees and shrubs are quietly undressing in preparation for the winter. There is a subtle browning of the earth.
Autumn is dry, rough, windy, erratic, cool, subtle, and clear. These are all qualities shared by Vata dosha, and because like increases like, autumn is considered as a vata season. Vata dosha which means, “that which moves things”. The main area of Vata are the colon, the bones, the joints, the thighs/hips, the ears, the brain and the nerve tissues. Because Vata is related to movement it governs breathing patterns, talking, muscular movement, nerve impulses, circulation, elimination. During this season of the year Vata can be aggravated easily which means we may feel imbalanced in any of these areas resulting in conditions such as insomnia, arthritis, stiff muscles and cracking joints, dry skin, constipation, gas or bloating, lower back pain and low energy. The following tips can help you to reduce Vata if it is aggravated and to create balance during this season.
Here are some Ayurvedic tips to keep you feeling energetic, engaged, and healthy:
- Warm oil massage : Include warm oil massage (Abhyanga) in your daily self-care routine or schedule in some massages. If your mood is affected, a massage to the head and scalp with Brahmi oil brings clarity and energy to the mind while helping support healthy sleep patterns when used at night.
- Vata pacifying diet : Since Autumn season brings cold and dry elements, incorporate more warm and nourishing food and drink in your diet. When eating raw salads be generous with high quality dressings made with good fats.
- Ghee : Cooking with ghee (clarified butter) is also advisable during these months, because ghee is guru (heavy) and in a season of high winds it serves as an anchoring substance in dishes.
- Warm stews and soup in diet – In general lukewarm meals, mainly soups and stews pacify Vata due to opposite qualities from Vata. Make sure to include khichadi soup and also soups that have grains. Grains improve colon health, major seat of Vata. Add spices to your meals such as ginger, fennel, cumin and coriander.
- Nasya : Lubricate your nasal passages with sesame oil to prevent colds due to dryness. (You can read more about this in Nasya treatment)
- Exercise : Moderate activity is known to help activate the body’s inner pharmacy, releasing mood supporting hormones and providing revitalization and detoxification. A healthy yoga routine can combine both the benefits of exercise and Pranayama.
If you are experiencing even a touch of the blues as the seasons change, give these Ayurvedic tips a try!
If you would like to find out how Ayurveda can help your health and well-being over the transition of the seasons, please join me for an Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultation. You can visit my website: http://www.aum-ayurveda.com