As the Fire element withdraws, summer’s Pitta Dosha qualities make way for the element of Air and autumn’s Vata. During this season – the transitional period between summer and Kapha’s winter – we focus on stabilising Vata and removing Ama (accumulated toxins) from the system.
The qualities of autumn and Vata are dry, cool, windy, rough, clear, subtle and light. An imbalance of Vata is unhelpful, reducing our resilience to illnesses. The array of symptoms that may indicate excess Vata include anxiety, restlessness, dry skin, digestive sensitivities, aversion to cold, intolerance to noise and insomnia. Hot drinks and hot meals, healthy fats to increase unctuousness, root vegetables for heaviness and sweetness, a steady routine and weather-appropriate clothing all help to rectify an imbalance of Vata.