Embracing Autumn!


An Ayurvedic approach to Seasonal Health and Well-being

In climates that experience seasons, Ayurveda defines the seasons according to the qualities that are based in the elements of earth, water, fire, air and ether (also known as space). In the fall, we kick through dried leaves, watch plants wilt, dry and fade away, hear the geese call from the wide blue skies, feel the cooler air and experiences the many Changes that are happening! 

This is the season when Vata rules in nature & increases in our physiology.

* Vata = Air and Ether

The following Vata qualities are based on these two elements. According to Ayurveda, treating with opposite qualities brings balance!  

Cold~ How can you bring warmth into your life? 

Rough~ How can you soften, gentle your life? 

Dry~ How can you moisten?  

Light~ (as opposed to heavy)~ In what ways can you consider grounding? 

Mobile/ Erratic~ what ways can you practice stability? Routine? Moments of Stillness? Create more peace? 

Best daily practices for those with Vata constitution, Vata time of year (autumn- early winter) and Vata time of life (55 years and older): 

1. Routine: creating a daily routine creates a sense of stability and lowers anxiety.

2. Self-massage with warm sesame oil, followed by a warm bath or shower.

3. Nurturing hints/food choices:

a.) Improve Agni (digestive fire) in a few ways:

1. Early morning hot water with ¼ lemon,
bit of fresh ginger and a little honey.
2. Use Triphala~ to help rejuvenate cells as
you improve digestion, assimilation and elimination.
3. Drink warm/hot water and herb teas
through the day. Half your weight in ounces.
Settles the mind and supports healthy digestion.
Also improves hydration!

b.) Eat seasonal foods that are warm, moist, unctuous, sweet and soft: cooked fruits, steamed, or roasted squashes and root vegetables, sweet grains and savory soups – mainly cooked meals.

c.) Favor sweet, sour & salty tastes. 

d.) Use warming and grounding herbs and spices: Ashwagandha, Ginger, Cardamom, Basil, Cinnamon, Hing, Rosemary, Nutmeg, Vanilla. 

e.) Include healthy fats in your diet, such as ghee, olive, coconut and sesame oils. 

4. Wear clothing that is soft and warm; keep your head and neck warm – protect your ears from the wind and cold. Hat, scarf, etc…

5. Spend quiet time in nature: and be sure to dress for the weather.

6. Practice restorative yoga~ (hatha, kripalu, quieter types of yoga).

7. Be sure to get at least 7-8 hours of sleep each night. Restorative, helps with clearing brain-lymph, offers dream time.

8. Allow time for deep relaxation and daily meditation practice.

9. Become comfortable with simply being~ and less doing.


Autumn is a natural time for us to be turning inward, quieting and settling into our inner landscape. When we take the time to slow down, tend to creative pursuits, sleep well and even practice the art of napping! We nourish our deep core, replenish our wells and pool our inner resources. Time spent outdoors is marvelous- fresh air, shushing/skiing through snow, walking or snow-shoeing along a wood path, but being sure to stay warm and make time for stillness creates a good balance through fall and winter.
The above are simple practices that will calm our nervous system, enliven digestion and support clear thinking and focus. This is about self-care; when we feel good we are able to meet life in its many changes, and we also have more energy to do the things we love! 

1 comment

Kate! how wonderful! I love this! I have been looking into Ayurvedic practices and with my lifelong balsam fir adoration, I decided to look up what our west coast white fir flower essence would be used for an came across your site! Ooooooo, makes my tail wag. Happy Grandma adventures! Hello to Don. Happy Winterthyme, Love, Diana

Diana DeLuca March 12, 2024

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