Living through the principles of Ayurveda means living in sync with the seasons. We are bringing you the expert advice from the founders of PAAVANI AYURVEDA themselves on how to incorporate their favorite ayurvedic tips to thrive this Fall.
Ayurveda works with the three constitutions or doshas: Vata, Pitta & Kapha. Did you know that the doshas not only make up our mental, emotional & physical bodies but they are responsible for the cyclical, seasonal rhythms of nature?
In Ayurveda, fall & winter are considered Vata Season. At this time of year, the elements air & ether, which create Vata dosha, become the strongest. In principle, Air & ether are inherently cold, dry, mobile & light. We experience these qualities during this time of the year in nature.
Picture the leaves falling in the wind, autumnal yellows, oranges & reds momentarily painting the crisp blue sky, then settling onto the earth below. Imagine the wind in your hair, blowing across your face & brushing up against your skin. Now, fast forward a month or so to winter. Imagine that same wind, but now instead of leaves falling gracefully from the trees, the trees are left stripped down to a skeleton compared to their abundant fall selves. Likewise, that gentle wind in your hair, that brushed up gently against your cheeks has become harsh, cold & severe.
I paint this picture, so you can recognize that the elements of air & ether have the ability to create incredible beauty, but when in excess (as they accumulate to in the winter months) can create depletion & severe conditions. Our bodies, if out of balance in Vata, will mimic the qualities of the natural world. Excessive dryness in the skin & digestive tract (think constipation, gas & bloating), anxiety &/or difficulty falling asleep may occur.
Ayurveda believes we must counterbalance what is being agitated in nature. Since in the Fall & winter, cold, dry and light qualities are the strongest, we must work to warm, moisturize, ground & stabilize our bodies daily. Thankfully, Ayurveda has equipped us with simple tips & daily practices to keep us healthy & balanced. Here are a few of our favorites:
1. Create a Daily Routine
This may be the number one support in balancing Vata dosha. When you have a regular daily routine: waking up & going to bed at the same time, eating around the same time, exercising at the same time, etc., your body feels, for lack of a better term, safe. It knows that it is time to use the restroom, it is time to go to bed, you are taking the guessing game out of the equation & the body is able to operate efficiently. Another plus? With a regular routine comes organization & usually healthier habits.
2. Eat Warm, Seasonal Food
We know, we know. You’ve heard it before: eat seasonally, eat locally. It’s kind of become a hip thing to do but this idea is rooted in the philosophy of Ayurveda. This Fall, eat root vegetables, like squash or sweet potatoes, that are spiced with warming herbs, like nutmeg or cinnamon. Avoid cold, dry foods like salads. These will only increase the qualities of coldness & dryness within the body; & remember, we are trying to counterbalance them.
3. Oil up!
The best remedy for the winter cold is a moisturizing natural oil. Make sure to apply it to your face and body daily, to lock in the moisture. This practice keeps the skin healthy, strong & moisturized. We are absolutely obsessed with the PAAVANI Vata Facial Serum. It is crafted with Vata reducing herbs that will keep the skin healthy and glowing, without breaking you out. It's a winter skincare staple!
We hope these ancient tips will help you juggle the various challenges that can arise this harvest season.
Sending you love, warmth & joy!
Trudy & Leah - Co-Founders of PAAAVANI AYURVEDA
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