5 Ways to Stay in Balance During the Vata Season

Here are 5 ways to stay in balance during the fall and winter months. According to Ayurveda, fall transitioning into winter is known as “Vata season” because the season shares the same qualities that characterize Vata: cold, dry, light, clear, and moving.

1. Eat grounding, warming foods like kitchari and avoid dry or uncooked foods (especially salads and raw fruits and vegetables). Eat more of sweet, sour and salty tastes and less of the bitter, astringent, and pungent ones. Eat seasonally fresh and vata-pacifying foods like winter squashes, pumpkins, sweet potatoes, carrots, beets, asparagus, quinoa, rice, mung beans, almonds, apples.

2. Drink hot water and herbal teas throughout the day to prevent dehydration.

3. Stay warm in soft, cozy fabrics, as well as in a well heated room. Avoid fans and drafts from windows.

4. Give yourself abhyanga, or self massage, with warm oil in the morning and before bed. Use warming oils such as sesame and almond.

5. Try to get to bed early between 9-10pm and get 8 hours of sleep. The best quality of sleep happens before midnight (according to western medicine as well). To help you fall asleep avoid electronic use at least one hour before and keep devices outside of the bedroom.