Vata Season: What does this mean for you?
Summer is soon becoming a distant memory for us who live in the western hemisphere. The temperatures are starting to drop and the winds are picking up. In Ayurveda is the beginning of Vata season: Cold, dry, mobile and rough. We see this in our environment winds moving quicker than a nice summer breeze. The sunshine hours slowly become shorter. In our bodies and mind we start feeling cold, our skin and hair becomes dry and for some we see changes in our bowels movement constipation. Sleep changes: Insomnia and anxiety increase and so on. This seasonal transition is very important in Ayurveda, Vata Dosha is the most volatile and causes the majority of ailments once is out of balance. Vata tends to push the other Dohas Pitta and Kapha out their functions and their seats in the body leaving room for acute and in the longterm chronic diseases. However a little bit of preparation goes a long way in preventing and ensuring a smooth transition on to Autumn.
Do a gentle cleanse of Kichadi and digestive teas and triphala - Traditionaly you would do a PanchaKarma which is a 7 day treatment under professional guidance. However a monodiet of kichadi and digestive teas can help the digestive system have a break. The triphala will gently cleanse the colon and improve overall health.
Abhyanga -self body massage before bath every morning- great for calming the nervous system and encouraging movement of lymph-
Do not eat any cold foods such ice cream, smoothies with ice, salads and raw food. Favour soups, warming teas and hot spiced milk or teas to ease and nurture vata.
Vata requires nurturing and a gentle approach. A warm long hug and a cup of tea go along way to calm Vata.
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