Ayurveda & Autumn
Dosha dominating times with age. season and time
- 6 am to 10 am —Kapha
- 10 am to -2 pm — Pitta
- 2 pm to -6 pm —-Vata
- Birth to –25 yr —-Kapha
- 25yr-to 50 yr— Pitta
- 50 yr Years on wards —Vata
- Autumn –winter —-Vata
- Winter –spring —– Kapha
- Spring –summer —–Pitta
This is Vata season — Autumn –to– winter —- Vata
Autumn in New Zealand is a time of change. Temperatures drop and days become shorter sunsets are generally more beautiful and vibrant. Leaves change colour. In a nutshell everything is in a state of flux.
Ayurvedic management in Autumn
Ayurveda is all about being in harmony with our surroundings. When the world around us is changing we have to adapt. Doing so helps us stay balanced and in good health. A key step before embarking on any Ayurvedic programme in Autumn is to first acknowledge Vata dosha is strong in autumn. With this in mind there are five easy steps to achieve good health and be in balance in Autumn:
Pay attention to diet: I recommend Vata pacifying diet, filling, oily, spicy food preferably cooked fresh and served hot. Think of soups for lunch with a dollop of butter or your favourite curry for lunch, hot porridge as opposed to cereal and milk for breakfast and a heart stew for dinner. Consider hot/warm desert as opposed to ice-cream
Dinacharya: Dinacharya is following a rhythm or routine in Ayurveda. Follow regular times for waking up, breakfast, lunch tea dinner exercise and so on. Build time for quiet reflection either in the form of meditation or writing your journal, read scriptures listen to discourses sing or listen to calming music in the evenings. Sit in steam room Ayurveda recommends steam as opposed to Sauna for pacifying Vata.
Massage: Abhayanga or whole body massage with generous oil application is good for opening energy channels, removing toxins and relaxing the body. I recommend a calming oil like Vata oil but you can chose one that works for you. The key is to apply oil throughout the body. Either you or your partner can do the massage. Remember long gentle strokes are best for calming Vata.
Consider Detoxing Autumn is a time when we are beginning to slow down from the fast pace of summer. We often accrue lots of toxins with the indulgence we allow ourselves during summers. Our body is also preparing for what can be hibernation in winter for many. Removing toxins, giving the system a good cleans is a great way to prepare our body during autumn. At Ayuspa we have a range of detox programmes any of which can be modified for autumn. Our two Autumn top sellers are Balance and Rejuvenate. Take Triphala Traditionally used as a bowel tonic, it’s often prescribed as a mild laxative.
Reflect the world around you– Eat seasonal fruits and vegetables- prefer heavy ones with plenty of water content, wear bright clothes like yellow orange, wear light perfume keep yourself warm through the day. Take time to observe changes in surroundings e.g. changing colours and different shades of leaves, leaves falling, trees without leaves, aroma of winter, smell of wood fire, fog, frost etc.
Dr Rachna Kumar BAMS
Rachna Kumar graduated in Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery from India and has continued to develop her skills by attending regular courses in the UK, USA, New Zealand and India. She has practiced Ayurveda for 20 years in New Zealand and England. She now offers specialist health and beauty services using Ayurvedic principles for women in Hamilton. www.ayuspa.co.nz