The air is cold and dry and so is our skin. Looks like it's the season of Vata!
What does Vata season mean to you
If you are unfamiliar with Ayurveda, India’s 5000 year old medicinal system, Vata is one of the 3 Doshas, or “mind/body types”. No matter what Dosha you fall into, we are all victim to an overabundance of Vata in the late fall/early winter. Aside for the need to slather on more moisturizer, we may experience irregular digestion as well as frenetic, anxious energy. Here are some of the best ways to balance Vata during this time:
Foods that ground you
Eat grounding foods such as root vegetables, cooked greens, soups & stews, and warm grains like oatmeal & quinoa. This is the time to cook all of your vegetables to aid with better digestion.
Drink warm things
Drink lots of warm liquids such as teas and even warm water. Add cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, and ginger to further help with digestion. You can also make your own tea with these spices using honey to sweeten.
Stick to a routine
Wake up and go to bed at the same time each day, as well as eating breakfast, lunch, and dinner at consistent times. Make sure your heaviest meal is lunch and your lightest being dinner
Abhaynga is an Ayurvedic self massage using sesame oil, helping you to stay warm and comforted. Pay extra attention to your feet.
Take time in each day to practice restorative yoga and meditation, embrace alone time, and try to get at least 8 hours of restful sleep each night.
Here's a wonderfully warming evening tea you can make at home for the season of Vata:
Vata pacifying Tea
1 bag chamomille tea
Small piece of ginger, sliced thin
Fresh mint leaves
¼ tsp ground cinnamon (or 1 stick)
High quality honey (optional)
Combine all ingredients with 3 cups of water and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer for 10-15 minutes. Strain.