Ayurveda -the holistic science of life- is based on the principles of 3 doshas, the energies that make up every individual. Vata, Pitta and Kapha. As the season changes and fall arrives Vata increases and might cause instability, and sensitivity. Keeping your Vata Dosha in check is key to staying healthy through fall and winter.
Vata has many positive aspects. The combination of air and space is mobile, creative, light, airy, great for communication between people as well as the communication with the internal environment inside our body. Vata is what makes our systems move and flow. When Vata increases excessively, it dries out our tissues. It creates wind in our bowels and might cause constipation. There may be a lack of appetite, either from the digestive upset or because the creative mind has become too anxious and worried to eat. People with deranged Vata can feel unstable, unbalanced, and ungrounded. People with deranged Vata are the daydreamers who cannot connect to daily life with the people and environment they live in. They become flighty and changeable, maybe unable to sleep.
Although some people have more Vata Dosha, air, and wind in their constitution, we are all susceptible to an increase of Vata in fall.
We cannot change our external environments, but we can balance our internal environment through our daily routines, diet, and herbs.
Vata is dry, light, irregular, rough, mobile, cold, quick, and changeable. To reduce Vata, we reduce those qualities in our daily lives and routines. We can also start to complement with opposites to calm any excess.
How to balance Varta will be all part of our learning at our Thoughtless Retreat end of October. Meanwhile enjoy the change of the season. It's leading you to a new beginning.