"Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall," wrote F. Scott Fitzgerald in The Great Gatsby. The crisp air also brings the beginning of the season of vata, in ayurvedic medicine. Vata is the energy of movement and air that brings qualities of light, air, cold, hardness, and brittleness that can affect both our bodies and our minds. Life may start all over again in the fall, but the fall also brings special challenges.
By adopting rituals that ground, warm, nourish, and calm us, we can balance the perils of the season. According to the ancient texts, difficulties can include digestive problems, sleeping disruptions, dry or irritated skin, low appetite, muscles and joint pain, as well as challenges with focus and feelings of anxiety and fear. The flurry of activity around the holidays makes these rituals even more imperative because multitasking, overeating, alcohol, and stress aggravate vata.
Here are a few recommendations to consider for your evening so you can promote rest and restore yourself over the upcoming hectic weeks: