Signs & solutions for fall imbalance

All energy in our natural world is composed of five basic elements according to Ayurveda – ether, air, fire, water and earth. These elements give rise to the Doshas: Vata, Pitta and Kapha. These Doshas help us identify the elemental makeup of our natural world, so we use them when referring to the qualities of the seasons, foods, herbs, activities, or an individual’s constitution.
                             

 

The elements of the Vata season

In the Northern hemisphere, the season shifts from warmer and moist tending towards dry and cold in the autumn and winter – this is known as the Vata season in Ayurveda. Vata Dosha is composed of air & ether and qualified by action, transportation and movement. Vata is considered the “King of Doshas” as it energizes the other two Doshas (Pitta and Kapha).

We recognize Vata’s elements in nature as:

 

Vata Dosha in the mind-body

The Vata Dosha is manifest primarily in the abdominal cavity below the navel – colon, pelvis, pelvic organs, as well as the thighs, skin, ears, brain, nervous system and lungs. It is responsible for all action in the body, including movements of the body and mind, sensory impulses and motor regulation, breath, removal of waste, speech and the pumping of the heart. It is furthermore the energy which kindles our Agni, or digestion, allows for the absorption of nutrients and delivers a baby.

In a sense, you could say Vata makes it happen. 

According to the Tridoshas of Ayurveda, we all have a unique combination of  Vata, Pitta and Kapha, with one or two Doshas manifested more prominently.

 

Vata-dominant individuals tend to have the following qualities:

 

If you can relate to several of the qualities above, Vata may be a dominant Dosha for you.

 

How to detect a Vata imbalance

While some of Vata’s qualities sound like imbalances, such as dryness or interrupted sleep, having a Vata-dominant constitution is not inherently an imbalance. All of the Doshas have certain qualities which we can learn to balance through Ayurveda’s guidelines. Understanding one’s constitution is key to determining which of those guidelines are most crucial.

Anyone can experience Vata imbalances, though the Vata-dominant individuals are more prone to them.

Signs of a Vata imbalance include:

 

How to manage a Vata imbalance

A combination of the following diet and lifestyle adjustments can return Vata into balance and prevent seasonal allergies, colds and flus.

Hydrate

 

Adopt a seasonal diet

 

Stick to a regular schedule

 

Exercise appropriately

 

Incorporate a meditative or calming practice

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