Do you still remember the five elements and the three doshas? We already talked about them here.
The topic for today is vata and its connection with the coming season.
Imagine that you had to talk on the phone while running. At the same time, someone next to you is speaking in a loud voice and a cold wind starts to blow. When it lasts for a longer time, this is a precarious situation that can lead to getting hoarse – in the attempt to drown out the background noise – or dialling the wrong number because of the resulting confusion. This is due to a simultaneous oversupply of vata stimuli. But what does vata actually mean?
The vata dosha combines the two elements of air and ether (empty space). The properties of the vata dosha are dryness, unsteadiness, lightness, thin body type and quick movements. The fundamental bioenergies of Ayurveda develop everywhere: There are often people with a vata body who are very thin and lanky, as well as quick-witted vata personalities who frequently have their head in the clouds. There are also vata rooms in which a variety of stimuli exist next to each other, as well as a vata climate that is characterised by wind, dryness and unsteadiness. Do you recognise yourself in these descriptions and situations? If yes, you may also have a bit of vata in you.
Autumn is always also a time of vata.
So let’s take a look at the best way to defy the wet, cold months with good tips for all of the Ayurvedic constitutional types.
The Ayurvedic tradition assumes that opposites – which characterise every aspect of our life – balance each other. So in order to make the best of the autumn, we must simply create a compensation for the events around us through our behaviour. When the temperatures fall and the leaves on the trees slowly change their colours, you can finally treat yourself to something warm and shift to a slower speed. In the evening, you can retreat to a cosy ambience that has neither an inhibiting nor a strenuous effect on you. It helps to have a fixed daily routine if you want to increase your creativity: set meal times, regular sleep and enough time for athletic activities. This leaves no space for stress and nervousness.
If you would like to lose weight at the same time, you could also decide on a more intensive sports programme – because autumn is the perfect time for this. If you prefer to loosen your joints and would like to strengthen your overall body, you should try walks, pranayama or tai chi. It may be that you feel lighter at the end of the major summer heat but quickly cool down. In this case, it is advisable to supplement your customary diet with healthy but substantial foods. Avocados, coconut ghee or cow’s milk, seeds and nuts ensure that you are standing in the middle of life with both feet on the ground again. Last but not least, beverages that give you strength and calmness are also recommended in autumn.
Above all, vata can be brought back into balance through warmth. This applies in more than just the physical sense. There are also plenty of habits that have a warming power such as pleasant music or little breaks with a pleasantly fragrant cup of a hot beverage in your hand.
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We hope that you make it through autumn in an optimal way with our advice!
P.S.: You still don’t know which Ayurvedic constitution you have? Then take our dosha test right now! You can find it here.