Autumn Ayurveda Practices for Balancing Vata

| 10/17/2017 9:10:00 AM

In Autumn, Vata, the air element, is predominant. Leaves dry and fall off trees, a cool wind blows them around and the temperature drops. Vata regulates the nervous system, moisture in the body, how relaxed we are, and how well we digest food. When Vata is out of balance, we feel anxious and ungrounded, tend to have dry skin, “break wind” and become constipated.

To stay balanced and flow with seasonal changes, we can’t live like it’s summer all year long, eating salad and drinking iced tea. We must balance the elements within us according to what’s predominant outside of us.

field in autumn changing colors
Photo by Shar Veda

In Autumn then, to balance Vata’s cold, dry, rough, erratic qualities participate in, drink and eat things that are warm, moist, grounding, stable, and nourishing.

Here are a few of my favorite health practices for balancing Vata:

Self massage with warm sesame oil. I used to do this daily but then life got very busy. So now, my goal is three times a week. To simplify this Ayurvedic ritual which really will have you feeling golden, I fill the sink with hot water and allow a jar of sesame oil to warm in it before slowly and intentionally massaging it into my skin all over my body, allowing to sit a few minutes, then rinsing off in the shower.

stephen foti
10/17/2017 1:30:54 PM

Nice article. I learned something! I will try the massage this fall. It's important to treat ourselves lovingly and you are an awesome teacher of this! Thank you, Steve PS: great pic too!