Staying Healthy During the Season of Vāta (Autumn)
Āyurveda is a dynamic system of healing and as such helps us adjust to the changing seasons; reminding us to focus awareness on the environment as well as our day to day activities.
In India, Sharad (Autumn) is a season very much connected to movement. The arrival of cooling winds from the north slowly dissipate the lethargy of long summers. Autumn is also related to the biological humor Vāta (air element) and in Autumn the environment reflects many of its characteristics. Signs of accumulated Vāta include: dryness, restlessness, anxiety, fatigue and a busy mind - many of which manifest during this period.
Autumn also brings a sense of inner urgency, the need to move and prepare for the coming of winter. In the modern world this inner drive might be equated to the need to accumulate resources to see us through the winter season as the days grow steadily shorter. This often means more travel, communication and social interaction in the months leading up to the festive season. Suddenly increasing the pace-of-life, together with the cooler weather can put a strain on the body that can tip vāta out of balance. The can result often dryness, stiffness and lowered immunity.
This dryness can often affect joints, muscular elasticity and mucus membranes - creating fertile ground for opportunistic bacterial / viral infections. Autumn can typically be a season of sore throats, colds and flu - unless we take preventative actions to help the stay healthy during the season change.
Hints and tips at home
Here at Essential Āyurveda we aim to keep you informed and well prepared for these seasonal transitions, with simple yet effective strategies and recipes to help you improve your seasonal resistance.
The following provides a selection of easily implemented techniques that aim to relieve or reduce dryness, fatigue and overly busy minds that can be associated with the cooling season.
A little extra help
Ashwagandha is autumn's super herb! It is a nourishing Rasāyana herb that is great for a little extra oomph at this time of year and is energising without being over-stimulating and so really supports healthy Vāta. Useful formulas containing Ashwagandha are Stresscalm - helps relax the nervous system and calm busy minds; Shatavari and Ashwagandha formula - supports women’s vitality and Ashwagandha Vital Man for men.
Chyawanprash is another great Āyurvedic Rasāyana, belonging to a category of formulas known as avaleha - a fusion of pulped fruit, honey / sugar and an impressive mixture of herbs and roots - all of which complement one another energetically as well as therapeutically. Chyawanprash is a tasty way to increase your antioxidant and vitamin C levels whilst supporting immunity - it is also one of our most popular formulas.
Triphala is well known for its cleansing and detox properties but it is also an excellent tonic and rejuvenate formula, especially to the bowel and digestive system. Its Rasāyana properties are partly due to is post digestive sweetness, which is one of the reasons it is fine to take as a supplement long term.
Autumn can be a beautiful time of year with its reds, oranges and golds; its cool nights and the remaining warm days. With a little help from the wisdom of Ayurveda we hope you can enjoy this magical season feeling healthy and vibrant :)
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