Autumn Is Here! How To Thrive in Vata Season
Vata season has arrived! Vata season typically begins around the Autumn Equinox but varies depending on your individual climate patterns. The season of Vata happens when your weather begins to cool down and the crips fall air graces your presence. In Ayurveda, we are always working to stay tri-doshic, aka~ keep all three Doshas balanced. To do this, we begin by creating a lifestyle that is supportive of your Prakruti. Your Prakruti is the dominant dosha personal to you. Then as the seasons change, you make subtle changes to help support your dosha balance for that particular season, while still living the lifestyle that supports your Prakruti best.
The word “equinox” comes from Latin aequus, meaning “equal,” and nox, “night.” On the equinox, day and night are roughly equal in length. The Earth spins on a tilted axis around the Sun, at two points during the Earth's year-long orbit, the Earth is not inclined either towards or away from the Sun. The Sun shines directly on the equator, allowing the northern and southern hemispheres to receive equal amounts of light rays. These are known as the Vernal Equinox and the Autumnal Equinox. The Equinox represents the equilibrium of day and night, of lightness and darkness. During this period we get as many hours of daylight as we do nighttime. The Equinox is when we transition into Vata season and will experience dry, cool, airy, mobile qualities both around us and within us. After the solstice, the days will progressively become shorter until the Winter Solstice on December 21st.
The Autumn Equinox is traditionally celebrated with a fall harvest. The Harvest Moon happens just prior to the Equinox, the Full Moon that represents the time when farmers harvest their bounty before the cold frosts come to end the growing season. Nourishing your body with the abundance of seasonal fruits and veggies is the perfect way to align yourself with the transition into fall and help support the balance of Vata. It is also time to slow down and incorporate some yin practices into your weekly movement. Lay in a supported savasana on your Bennd yoga bolster or Bennd pranayama pillow for 8 - 10 minutes and relax into the new season.
Ground Down in Vata Season
Fall perpetuates the qualities of Vata: air, mobility, coolness, dryness. The key to thriving in Vata season is to do things that make your mind, body, and soul feel warm. Take warm baths, practice your abhyanga, and do heated yoga on your Bennd yoga mat. Nourish yourself with cooked seasonal foods like squash, root vegetables, legumes, and baked stone fruit. When Vata becomes out of balance, it can be hard to focus or make decisions and your skin and tissues may feel rough, dry, or thin. You may also have no motivation to connect to others and can feel overwhelmingly anxious. It is important to do practices that make you feel calm, grounded, and focused to stay balanced during Vata season.
Thanksgiving is a major holiday that we have celebrated for generations and it just so happens to fall during Vata season. Thanksgiving is a holiday where we practice gratitude for things like our community and the earth. This aligns perfectly with Vata season as practicing gratitude is one of the ways you can tonify a Vata mind.
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Cheers to a bountiful Vata season!