As the leaves fall, how does your body change and how can you adapt to prevent disease according to Ayurveda? Let’s take a look at what Ayurveda recommends as a daily routine for this fall season.
Why is important to adapt a daily lifestyle according to one’s physical constitution? Everything in Ayurveda is about the uniqueness of every individual and how this uniqueness responds to the environment, culture, stresses and personal choices.
In Ayurveda, daily routines, also called dinacharya, are the basis of efficient wellness care. For each dosha (Vata, Pitta, and Kapha), there is a different approach.
Each prakritior physical constitution (principles based on the biology of each person) has a different energy composition that when unbalanced will manifest in different vulnerabilities.
However, in order to understand and apply the principles of a doshic daily care or dinacharya, it is necessary to relate that to the seasons and of course, their influence on each physical composition.
Fall in the United States is expressed as the season of cooling, a transition from the heavy summer to the path of renewal. The soil is being prepared to be protected by the leaves and stay dormant throughout the winter.
It prepares the land for survival. Human beings are also part of this ecosystem which is adapting to the change. Every change in life and nature brings stresses.
The human body is not different when it comes to a different season.
Unlike India, the fall season in the United States has the qualities of ruksha(dry), laghu (light), hima (cool), khara (rough), and windy which consequently can disturb the Vata dosha which has properties or analogies that resemble the same energies.
As a consequence, on an average scale, a daily regimen for fall should focus on pacifying the dosha that resembles the same qualities of the season.
During the fall, it is the Vata dosha that when disrupted will tend to exacerbate its own qualities of dryness ruksha(dry), laghu (light), and hima (cool). The daily care related to this specific season should reflect that.
Keeping that in mind, adding to the emphasis that Vata care should be the center of the attention during the fall, let’s take a look of all three doshas, their characteristics and weaknesses when aggravated.
Vata: Vata is composed of space and air. It governs the nervous system, the bone structures, muscle movement including the heart pulsation and all movements at the cellular level.
When deranged, this energy brings fear, anxiety, other nervous system disorders and bone issues such as osteoporosis.
Pitta: It is composed mainly of fire and then water. It is expressed in the body’s metabolic system, body temperature and juices that govern and break down digestion.
When out of balance it manifests as anger, inflammations, confusion.
Kapha: It is the energy related to the body’s structure, what holds everything together. Also responsible for the “cushioning” effect in the body such as fluids that protect the organs and structures such as the lungs, the heart, and bones through the synovial fluid.
When out of balance it can promote excessive tissue growth such as tumors or too much fat, lethargy, depression and excessive psychological attachments.
The doshas or biological physical compositions are stimulated by lifestyle, diet, geography, age, seasons and the time of day – the time that the energies related to specific constitutions will be enhanced.
Vata time: 2pm-6pm/2am-6am
Pitta time: 10am-2pm/10pm-2am
Kapha time: 6-10am/6-10 pm
Below are the pillars of good health that should be followed to build a solid tridoshic wellness foundation:
Please consult a qualified Ayurvedic practitioner before trying the daily routines for fall mentioned in this article.
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