It’s my annual Vata season post 🙂 You would think I would get sick of posting this every year, over and over. But, nope! I LOVE Ayurveda and sharing it; it just makes sense! Read on to absorb intellectually what every cell in your being already knows.
Why do those who follow Ayurveda always make such a big deal about the change of seasons, but, especially, the transition from summer to fall? Simple—when there is change in the air, our bodies are more susceptible to becoming imbalanced. In Ayurveda, there is a simple concept that says our bodies are a microcosm of the universe, the macrocosm. What is happening around us affects us, profoundly.
Ayurveda continually reminds us that we are interconnected with the Universe. The time of day, the change of seasons, the interactions with others—all of this keeps us balanced or pulls us out of balance. Moving through your life with thoughtfulness and mindfulness is at the root of health and well-being.
Vata season is characterized by ether or air; it is lightness, dryness, roughness, movement. It is the dry, crunchy leaves falling from the trees. It is the directionless wind that can’t make up it’s mind. It is the mind that is moving so fast and cannot settle. It is the being pulled in 5 million directions, but not accomplishing anything. It is the digestive system that is just a bit “off”—you guys know I can’t talk Ayurveda without talking gut health and poop!
How do you balance all this? Follow your cravings; your body knows best! Eat those hearty, stick-to-your-ribs stews and foods (root veggies, warming foods). Sleep and rest more. Do grounding breath work (pranayama); grounding yoga practices where you connect deeply to the earth. Spend time with those you love—with no agenda, just being present. SLOW DOWN!
Even if you’re not Indian, you know Ayurveda. Your body is wired to be connected to the Universe. Your job is to quiet down and listen.