Updated: Sep 27, 2021
Fall is officially here, and as the air cools around you, the leaves fall and the ground turns brown, now is the time to focus on balancing Vata dosha.
The doshas are vulnerable to seasonal transitions therefore balance is of the utmost importance. In this article, we will walk you through what Vata season is, signs Vata dosha is out of balance, and 5 ways you can re-balance Vata dosha this fall.
What is Vata Season?
Depending on your location and the climate around you, Vata season may vary. Generally speaking, it begins in the fall and ends in early winter. It may surprise you to learn that Vata will start peeking out long before the leaves peak. In Minnesota, for example, Vata will begin to increase in subtle, or not so subtle ways, by the second week of August. It may be hot and humid in the day, but for those with Vata constitution or Vata issues, there is enough of an increase to feel it — mind and body.
It is characterized by light, dry, cool, rough, mobile, and clear qualities. As such, Autumn is the classic Vata season. As Vata in the environment increases, Vata in us is likely to increase as well.
During this time, bodies often become constipated, dry, cold, tight, sore, and in the mind, Vata can manifest as anxiety, sleep changes, and feeling scattered. This is why balancing the Vata is so important for general well-being.
What is Vata Dosha?
Before we dive into different ways you can balance or re-balance Vata this fall, let’s discuss what the Vata Dosha is.
In Ayurveda, there are three doshas that comprise a person’s constitution: Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. Each dosha is characterized by its own unique qualities (to learn more about the doshas and how they impact your life, click here). All three doshas are present in each of us, it is a matter of proportion of each dosha.
We have a predominant dosha or perhaps a combination. Knowing your doshic picture will empower you to make the correct and healthiest choices for you, thereby enabling you to live a more balanced life.
Vata dosha consists of air and ether and governs all movement in the universe — whether that is respiration, bowel movement, digestion, or the movement or stillness of our minds.
Therefore, Vata is of primary importance for everyone as it is the movement or lack of movement behind everything.
Signs Vata Dosha is Imbalanced
When Vata Dosha becomes imbalanced, you will notice the following:
Changes in sleep
Poor circulation (cold hands and feet), muscle spasm, pain, and aches, tightness
Dry skin, hair, joints
Fatigue, stress, difficulty concentrating, difficulty remembering.
How to Balance Vata Dosha this Fall
1.) Eat Vata-Soothing Foods
Favor warm, moist, well-cooked, highly nourishing foods such as soups and stews, roasted root vegetables and hard, winter squash (butternut, acorn, etc.), Generally speaking, sweet, sour, and salty flavors pacify Vata dosha.
When choosing foods, select items that are as close to their natural state as possible — as nature made them or as close to it. Do yourself a favor with flavor and select whole, natural foods.
Vata-Soothing Carrot Ginger Soup Recipe