In Ayurveda, autumn is the season of Vata. Composed of air and space, Vata is dry, light, cold, rough, subtle and mobile. It's easily seen and felt in the cold and dry wind. Vata is creative, enthusiastic, adaptable and intuitive. But Vata qualities can also show up as cracking or popping joints, dry and chapped skin, insomnia, anxiousness, overwhelm, a scattered mind and even fear.
To balance excess Vata, embrace self-care
Enjoy this gentle & supportive 10-minute yoga practice.
Enjoy this classic short & sweet 5-minute grounding practice.
Establish and stick to a routine.
- Make a weekly meal plan, or at least prep meals the night before (crockpots rule!). Print out these Weekly Meal Planner sheets.
- Don't skip meals.
- Eat at regular times.
- Make every meal a sacred art. Check out my tips in The Sacred Art of Eating.
- Establish a nurturing evening routine and bed time. Read an inspirational book, journal, take a warm bath, gaze at the stars, give yourself a warm oil massage (see below). Make sure to turn off technology 2 hours before bed.
Learn how to give yourself a warm oil massage.
Nourish yourself with warm and grounding food.
- Vata-Balancing Oatmeal
- Egg-Avocado Bake
- Low-Carb Pumpkin Coconut Flour Pancakes
- Coconut Curry Pumpkin Soup
- Butternut Squash Soup
- Kale & Sweet Potatoes
- Roasted Root Vegetables
- Twice Baked Spaghetti Squash
- Quick Fall Vegetable Curry
- Herb Baked Salmon
- Spaghetti Squash Shrimp Scampi
- Basic Crockpot Chicken & Veggies, Bone Broth
- Crockpot Seasoned Whole Chicken
- Homemade Ghee
- Turmeric Milk Latte
- Ojas-building Hot Milk
Click here for a list of Vata pacifying foods & spices.