This image sums up the current seasonal shift for me.
It's the dark beauty of this particular time of year that is so compelling for me. It's a reminder that there are two sides to every coin: a light and a dark, a warm and a cool, a sharp and a dull, a fast and a slow. These contrasts make life rich and satisfying, but it is these same contrasts that can make life feel difficult to navigate sometimes. For many of us this time of year is one of the more challenging as we try to keep our footing amid the rocky terrain of getting back into the swing of school and work schedules after summer's freedoms. The weather can give us a run for our money as well this time of year, going from the low 40's to the high 80's in less than 24 hours!! It's a whirlwind for sure and that is what this time of year is: Vata (Wind) Season.
What is Vata Season?
Vata season is the time of year when ether (space) and air elements are more predominant. We feel this in the drying out of our sinuses, skin, and hair. We may notice it in a sudden increase in insomnia if we are prone to it, or perhaps an inability to poop due to constipation. Its easiest to think about this in terms of qualities - the qualities of ether and air: dry, light, cool, rough, mobile, and subtle. Like increases like and opposite reduces, so keep that in mind as you choose food and activities. If you are cold you don't want to be more cold, If you are dry you don't want to be more dry. You are constantly either thriving or suffering due to the consequences of your choices. Does this sound familiar yet confusing at the same time? Don't worry, you are not alone.
Ayurveda is the science of the innate wisdom that explains all of this. It's the science of how to exist in these very human bodies. It's also the science of individuality as there is no one-size-fits-all as I am sure you have figure out. I believe this knowledge is our birthright and I am on a mission to make sure as many folks learn about it as possible.
Reset and Align
The start of a season is a great time to check in with yourself, do a digestive reset, and put in place a daily rhythm that supports balance for your body. I'd love to support you in this journey. I offer one-on-one Ayurvedic consultations at Borealis. Together we will get to the bottom of why you might feel less than your perfect, wonderful self, and come up with a plan to get you back into balance. Find out more about One-on-One Wellness here.
Stay tuned for more Ayurvedic Health tips in future blog posts.
Parts of this blog post are published with permission from the newsletter "The Transition from Summer to Fall" by Veronica Wolff-Casey.