Ayurvedic Tips for Autumn
Fall is a time of transition. Many trees and shrubs are quietly undressing in preparation for the winter. 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. And there is the wind: slowly gathering strength, carrying the tides of winter on its breath. 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 vata dosha, and because like increases like, autumn is considered a vata season.
Here`s few simple tips to balance Vata this fall:
- the most important principle during Vata season is to have warm cooked foods. Since Vata is cold, dry and rough, warm cooked foods made with a little olive oil or ghee have a wonderful soothing effect that immediately calms down restless Vata.
- enjoy warm drinks such as hot milk or Vata Tea.
- cold sandwiches, cold salads, and dry cereals with cold milk are the types of foods that can create a Vata imbalance and should preferably be avoided.
- breakfasts of cooked grains – like oatmeal, tapioca, cream of rice, and cream of wheat – are great for this time of year.
- lunches and dinners that include steamed vegetables, hearty grains, soups, and stews are recommended.
- if you eat meat and eggs, this is one of the best times of year to enjoy them. Dairy products and most nuts and seeds are also beneficial.
- take extra care of your skin due to Vata’s drying nature (try warm sesame oil self-massage)
- increase stillness in your day and time to connect with yourself. Vata is aggravated by feelings of fear and insecurity.