What is Ayurveda?

Ayurveda is a 5000 year old medical science practice discovered in the Indus Valley region of India. It encompasses spirituality, psychology, and philosophy to heal and maintain balance in your mind and body.

There are three Dosha’s in the system, Vata, Pitta, and Kapha, each with their own characteristics. Each Dosha is made up from a combination of two of the five elements in our universe.

Vata = Air and Ether

Pitta = Fire and Water

Kapha = Water and Earth

Each element has it’s own unique characteristics, therefore making each Dosha unique from the other.

Each season on earth also has unique characteristics which can be associated with a Dosha.

Vata, what we’re here to talk about today, is the dominant Dosha for the season Autumn. The Northern Hemisphere is entering Vata Season. So what does that mean?

Vata Characteristics: dry, windy, cooler, rough, brittle, light, and mobile.

As we move from the hot and humid summer (Pitta), and start to feel the cooler, dry winds, it can throw us ‘Vata dominant’ types off in a big way. Too much of a good thing is not a good thing anymore. So if we are naturally very Vata in our mind and/or body, then Autumn can really exacerbate the bad qualities and can throw us way off balance.

Here are some tips to keep our energy balanced as we approach this change in season:

  1. Get grounded! Vata is very flighty and needs to be brought back down to earth (elements Air and Ether remember). Grounding meditation, walking barefoot in nature, walking daily, wearing earthy tones, and eating foods from the earth will help ground you.

  2. Create a morning routine. Vata can be scatter brained and anxious. Eliminate these out-of-balance qualities by creating structure in your day and starting it off with a routine that cultivates peace, calm, and focus.

  3. Oil up, buttercup! We are moving from humid to dry and our skin, hair, and nails aren’t going to be too happy about it. Incorporate oil pulling, sesame oil rubbing on your skin, cleansing your face 2-3 times per week with a natural oil cleanser, oil condition your hair once or twice a week, and incorporate more healthy fats and oils into your nutrition.

  4. Change your exercise routine. Less high intensity interval training and more yoga, walking/jogging/swimming, and maintenance strength training. We don’t want to tax our nervous system too much because that can increase anxiety, a major problem for out-of-balance Vata.

A great beginner book on Ayurveda you can find on Amazon here

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Gem xx

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