Leaves cover the ground, school buses dot the roads, and there’s a crisp chill in the air. These are all signs that Vata season is upon us. If you’re a Vata type, you may have a history of getting sick with colds, sore throats, or the flu in the fall. And the media’s warnings of impending flu and cold viruses might have you running for cover. With Ayurveda, however, you can arm yourself with the tools you need to stay healthy and balanced throughout the season. The Doshas, or Ayurvedic mind-body types, are not only found in each of us, they also exist in nature. In most of the Northern Hemisphere, Vata season tends to be in late fall to early winter. Vata types also have a tendency to feel cold and have cold hands and feet. The good news is that there are some simple things you can do to pacify Vata in the fall.
Dress In Layers
Wherever you go, then you’ll be prepared to cover up and keep your Vata body warm. Drink warm liquids always; stay away from cool or iced drinks. You should also eat warm or hot food. Oatmeal, hearty cream-based soups, and lightly sautéed vegetables with hot buttery rice work well to keep a Vata balanced.
Use Warm Spices
Try hot apple pie with cinnamon or apple cobbler as Vata-pacifying desserts. These spices are also often found in Relaxing Vata-pacifying teas…my favorites are made with organic cinnamon bark, organic roasted chicory root, organic ginger root, organic cardamom, organic nutmeg and organic licorice root, great for staying in balance. Extend the use of your teabag by refilling your cup a few times throughout the day.
Use massage-grade organic sesame oil or Vata-specific oil, try mini-massages on the soles of your feet, and the back of your neck. The mini-routine takes about one minute and helps relax your mind & body.
Ground flaxseed is high in Omega-3 fatty acids, has been shown to lower Vata anxiety – good for those days when your feeling nervous around new clients…more importantly take a deep breath & just be you, you’ll do just fine.
The elements of space and air tend to keep Vata types going like the energizer bunny. It’s a nervous energy that never seems to stop until they crash and burn. You should take frequent breaks throughout the day to level out your energy. Here are some more ways Vata types can stay grounded:
- Take a quick micro nap or meditate during lunchtime or right after work.
- Eat meals on time, and try to eat frequently to keep your energy levels steady. Vatas do best eating smaller meals about every three hours since they tend to be hyper-metabolic.
- Go to bed at the same time every night and get up at the same time every morning. An Ayurvedic ideal would be going to bed by 10:30 p.m. and awakening by 6:00 a.m.
- And don’t forget a bit a meditative-yoga (another favorite video)
Keep Vata balanced throughout the fall and early winter by paying attention to the signs in your body and mind. With Ayurveda, you learn to ride the waves of nature instead of going against them. In the end, you’ll feel fantastic no matter what the season!