Updated: Nov 1, 2021
Nature is our guide in Ayurveda. We look at the changes in the season, the weather patterns, and the qualities of our environment and rhythms of our lives to see how we can best support ourselves physically and mentally/ emotionally to stay in good health.
Ayurveda believes that growing out of sync with nature causes diseases and imbalances in ourselves.
Our lives and environments are ever-changing and to keep yourself in balance it helps to look at the seasonal changes to know how to adapt.
Read all about the month of October and how to stay in good health!
The summer has ended...Fall is here with its colder temperatures, fiercer winds, and the beautiful coloring of the trees has begun here in Ontario, Canada. October can still give us warm temperatures in the daytime though to ease us into the harsh winter.
The chaos of September is slowly dying down, so we can get more settled and slow down the pace of living. Thanksgiving is just around the corner (October 11th in Canada), which means pumpkin pies! Some might feel sad that summer is over, others might start to feel that coziness that fall brings.
"October can still give us warm temperatures in the daytime to ease us into the harsh winter."
Temperatures have been dropping significantly over the last few weeks and this is only going to increase as we move towards the end of the year. Colder mornings and evenings call for warm sweaters and warm meals. We are moving from living more outdoors to cuddling up on the couch inside.
The wind has been roaring through the street and trees and this makes everything dry and leaves are starting to change to their fall colours. This is a beautiful time in Ontario, Canada to enjoy how nature changes its colours and ways.
Vata is fully here! Drinking more water and a soothing and warming ginger tea can keep your skin from drying out. But it is not just your skin that gets dry. Your joints might start cracking and popping and it gets harder to go to the bathroom (constipation). Yes, dryness shows up inside your body as well. This is a great time of year to start up the daily practice of self oil massage (abhyanga) again. If you are a cold and dry vata type, use sesame oil that is slightly warmed up and massage your whole body first thing in the morning. The oil on your skin keeps you insulated and therefore warm. Pitta types are starting to cool down more and more and find their balance in the colder months.
Early October is the ideal time to cleanse the body to prevent toxic build-up to increase throughout the winter months. Cold weather is coming and this means we need strong immunity, strong digestive fire, and good energy!
Cleanse with an easy-to-digest diet and reduce sugar intake, coffee, and alcohol for just a week to balance your body and mind.
"Cold weather is coming, we need strong immunity, strong digestive fire, and good energy!"
The Three Doshas in October
Vata has arrived and the qualities of cold, dry, mobile, and rough are palpable. Keeping yourself warm with layered clothing and warm meals is key! Adding good oils to your foods (ghee) and daily abhyanga keep you lubricated and warm.
Vatas are prone to burn their energy quickly, so taking more time to rest and do grounding practices such as yoga, yoga Nidra, and meditation is great to balance vata.
Constipation is another typical vata ailment and can be countered by ample fluid intake and adding oils like ghee to your meals.
Vatas really need to avoid raw and cold foods at this time of year and make sure that they cook their food and eat it warm.