Late fall to early winter is considered Vata Season according to Ayurveda and is dominated by subtle environmental qualities; dry, wind, varying temperatures, daylight savings, both subtle and sharp. Vata dosha represents the elements of air and ether and is most associated with cold and light attributes.
Ayurveda practices the art of balancing pairs of opposites. If you can get with the concept that cold needs warm, light needs heavy, sweet needs bitter, rough needs smooth etc. you can begin to understand the mindset of the practitioner.
These opposites require a delicate balancing act between the mind/body and spirit not to mention seasonal shifts, cultural expectations, and, in the USA it is the season of voting!
The primary focus of Ayurvedic living is to promote good health by virtue of living with the innate wisdom of nature. Modern life makes it more and more difficult to honor the changes of the seasons. It is up to us to create daily practices for connection, harmony and balance during Vata season. Here are some easy tools to stay on track.
Karen Barbarick-Collins is a Certified Ayurvedic Technician and Wellness Coach as well as a Registered Yoga Alliance Teacher. She is the founder of Bending Blade Healing Arts.