Move Into the Fall Season with Grace and Balance

The seasons have officially changed from Summer to Fall, a predominantly Vata time of year. The Fall season and Vata dosha share the qualities of dry, light, cold, rough, mobile or windy, subtle, and clear. Because the qualities that are arising externally are also arising within, keeping the system in balance through these changes is important. If we do not adjust accordingly, the Vata energy within can accumulate, enter the circulatory system, and result in imbalances. Some of those imbalances can manifest as dry lips and skin, excessive thirst, hoarseness of the voice, gas, bloating, constipation and  psycho-emotional tendencies toward restlessness, spaciness, worry, anxiety, and fear.

According to Ayurveda, the qualities that are shifting and rising externally with the change of the seasons will also shift and rise within us. By paying close attention to the qualities that are presenting themselves, and heeding the ancient wisdom and science of Yoga and Ayurveda, we can move into and through the Fall season with grace and balance. The main principle of Ayurveda is that “like increases like,” so applying the opposite qualities of the Fall and Vata season into your daily routines can help the body and mind maintain health and well being.

Think warm, stable, heavy, slow, smooth and liquidy when it comes to yoga, diet, and lifestyle choices. Here are a few Ayurvedic tips to support you physically, physiologically, and mentally as you transition into and through the Fall season. Although seasons vary from region to region, here are some general guidelines to follow when the Vata qualities start to present themselves:

  • Stay warm and avoid drafts

  • Go to bed early and get plenty of rest

  • Eat warm, moist, and heavier, oilier foods that are local, fresh, and seasonal (think soups, stews, casseroles, and one pot meals)

  • Sip on warm water upon waking and throughout the day and avoid cold, iced drinks

  • Stay calm, focused, and grounded with the help of Vata pacifying asana, pranayama, and meditation

  • Maintain a regular routine doing such things as waking, eating, sleeping, and exercising roughly at the same times everyday

  • Take regular self-care breaks

  • Apply oil to the head and body before bathing

  • Engage in nourishing, loving relationships

  • Choose warm, calm, and quiet environments

Being aware of and adapting to seasonal qualitative changes will help you make the best choices to stay healthy and balanced. As with any diet, lifestyle, and exercise routine, one size does not fit all. Although these suggestions can help anyone manage their way through the Fall season, everyone has their own unique constitutional make-up with presenting states of balance and imbalances. It is recommended that you seek the advice of a Yoga Therapist or Ayurveda Wellness Consultant to get a personalized routine that fits your unique psychological and physiological makeup, and takes into consideration your present state of balance or imbalance.  A seasonal routine that’s right for you will create and maintain a healthy balance in body, mind, and spirit, which will make the adjustment into the Fall season smooth, stable, and pleasant.