Keeping Vata balanced
How do you maintain balance when the season changes? With Ayurveda the answer is always through diet and lifestyle.
The beautiful thing is it’s simplicity in working with opposites to bring about balance. When there is coolness, you need to bring warmth to generate more heat in the body, wear warm clothes, eat warming foods and stay away from iced drinks.
Replace dryness with moisture. Switch fast pace for slowing down.
When you think about it. A lot of what Ayurveda recommends is our natural instincts if we choose to listen.
Here are some ways to adjust your lifestyle to maintain a balanced Vata Dosha.
Slow down and embrace the season
Whilst I love the openness of summer. It is a natural biological rhythm to slow down during these cooler, darker months of the year. There’s a part of me that gets excited for the comfort that Autumn and then winter brings.
I’m not a fan of the shorter days, nor the cooler weather! But it’s grounding and nourishing to feel cosy in the warmth. There’s something quite calming about the nesting and withdrawal that occurs. Warmer blankets are on the bed. I’ve switched from cold drinks to warm herbal teas. And it won’t be long before I’m craving the heavy, warming comforting foods that I love.
Vata season is the perfect time to prioritise slowing down, nourishing yourself on all layers will help to balance excess Vata. It’s time to give yourself permission to prioritise relaxation! Introduce softer lighting in the evenings and read that book you’ve been meaning to get to all year!
Abhyanga is one of the most nourishing self-care rituals you can do for yourself, to nourish and balancing your nervous system. It is particularly beneficial before bed to help you sleep. It helps to stimulate the digestive and the lymphatic systems to remove toxins from your body. Your skin will feel amazing too. Warm up a good quality oil like coconut oil or an unrefined sunflower oil and spend 10-15 minutes self-massaging your body before your bath or shower.