Caring for yourself in autumn: Autumn Ritucharya.
Ayurveda advises us all to follow a seasonal routine (Ritucharya). This routine is well-known in nature: in autumn, trees lose their leaves, and many species of animals withdraw into themselves.
It is at the height of autumn and winter when the Vata dosha (cold and dryness) tends to increase.
To maintain a balance (especially people with a predominance of Vata dosha), Ayurveda recommends:
– Order. The key to balancing Vata is order and regularity. Vata is an irregular dosha, easily prey to over stimulation. Too much Vata turns enthusiasm into exhaustion.
– Plenty of rest. Rest is very important in countering any Vata imbalance.
– Warmth. As this is a cold dosha, warmth is good for it. Vata is also dry, so it’s essential to make sure the air in each room contains enough humidity.
– Hot food and drink. Avoid dry or uncooked food (a soup or a stew is better than a salad).
– Eating more dishes with a predominance of sweet, sour and salty flavours.
– Taking massages> and massaging your own body with special warming oils that balance Vata.
– Taking a hot bath or a long, hot shower in the morning. Moist heat is advisable for Vata.
– Applying Silk-Vata Cream to the skin of your face and Vata Body Cream to your whole body after bathing, , as both products are formulated with warming, moisturising plants.
In general, the season when we most need to be on the alert is the season that corresponds to our predominant dosha: summer for Pitta, autumn and winter for Vata and spring for Kapha.
Whatever your predominant dosha might be, enjoy the amazing beauty of the coming months!