Vata, in particular, is governed by the elements of space and air. It is considered to be cold, dry, changeable and moving. It is not surprising that the constant fluctuations in weather patterns are upsetting, especially for those with a predominance of vata in their nature. Vata is most sensitive to change so it becomes important to work with compassion during this time of transition to avoid unnecessarily increasing the vata within your constitution. Like exacerbates like in Ayurveda, so the more you are consistently influenced by something, then you are more likely you are to experience its negative effects. Vata disorders may demonstrate as digestive issues, anxiety or joint and muscle conditions.
Fortunately there are plenty of lifestyle changes we can make to move effortlessly into autumn. Why don’t you try some of the following Ayurvedic lifestyle tips?
Oils to use according to your dominant dosha
Foods to introduce more of:
Foods to reduce when vata is high:
Dried fruits (except dates)
Beans (except mung dhal, tofu,green beans)
Rye, buckwheat, chickpea flour
Spices and herbs to add to your diet:
Seek guidance from an Ayurvedic specialist if you do not know what may be impacting on your path to maintaining wellness.
BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP
2 onions, chopped
3tbs butter or ghee
500g butternut squash, diced
1 apple, chopped, no need to remove the rind
1 potato, chopped
1 tsp curry powder
Pinch of nutmeg
750ml vegetable stock
300ml milk (more or less if desired)
Rind and juice of 1 orange
Pinch of sugar, optional
Cream/parsley to serve
Soften the onion in butter and add the squash and apple. Cook a few mins and then add the curry and nutmeg.
Add the potato, stock and orange and bring to the boil.
Simmer until tender. Add the milk and liquidize with a pinch of sugar and seasoning.
Swirl with cream and parsley to finish