Autumn is very much upon us and it is time to ground and balance ‘vata’, the biological humour that dominates movement within our body. If left unsettled too much vata can leave us feeling scatty, anxious and easily upset by trivial events. The windy days of autumn that are gathering strength can induce a sense of feeling exposed, less stable, emotionally and physically. The element of Air is predominant around and within us. The vata winds of change fill us with tremendous possibility and potential but it can also disturb our digestion, nervous system, how relaxed we are and how our body manages its fluid content. Symptoms of arthritis and sciatica can be aggravated and lung and intestinal disorders can manifest. Keeping vata balanced prior to the onset of winter can be beneficial in helping to prevent malaise in your body.
Generally your body is quite efficient and does a good job at maintaining health and eliminating what we don’t need through our digestion but occasionally when it is disrupted and working under par it accumulates harmful toxins, known in Ayurveda as ‘ama’. An autumn detox targeted at pacifying the vata dosha can help prevent ill health and calm down stressy ‘vata’ opening us up to new adventures and contentment.