Ease Into Fall with Ayurveda, Part I

“Our biological rhythms are the symphony of the cosmos, music embedded deep within us to which we dance, even when we can’t name the tune.”

Deepak Chopra

“Ayur” means life, and “veda” means knowledge. Ayurveda is India’s traditional medicine system that has been around for five thousand years. As more and more people face the limits of allopathic medicine, Ayurveda has become one of the most popular forms of alternative and preventative health care in the West.  As the science of how to live a long and healthy life, Ayurveda seeks to treat the root cause of any imbalance, as opposed to simply addressing symptoms. It offers each individual a way to heal at the deepest level.

Ayurveda sees the entire Universe, including us human beings, as made of the five elements: Ether, Air, Fire, Water, Earth. Those elements come together to generate three distinct energies called the doshas: vata, pitta, and kapha.

  • Vata is the combination of the space and air elements. It governs movement.
  • Pitta is mainly the fire element. It governs transformation.
  • Kapha is the combination of the water and earth elements. It governs structure.

Each dosha displays specific qualities that show up in individuals and their environment. For example, the qualities of the vata energy are: light, cool, dry, mobile.

Those are also the qualities that predominate during the Fall, and that’s why it’s known in Ayurveda as Vata season. At this time of year if we do not take care to adjust our lifestyle and diet to the changing elements, the same vata qualities can easily accumulate in our bodies and minds making us feel spacey, restless, stiff, chilly, bloated, constipated and very tired. This is even more so if your individual constitution is vata (take this quiz to find out).

So how can you keep your vata energy stable?

Try this … drop the cold water!

Fill a thermos with hot water and sip on it throughout the day. This habit alone has been known to change lives! No kidding.

  • It will keep you hydrated (warm water is more easily metabolized than cold water.)
  • It will keep you warm.
  • It will encourage proper elimination and lymph drainage. (Hello, detox!)
  • And if you do sip throughout the day at regular intervals, you’ll find the habit very comforting and grounding.

Try it and let me know how it goes!


Sylvie B.


Sylvie will lead a special Ayurveda workshop at Swanand on Saturday, Oct 13th, 2 – 5 PM. Visit our events page for more details, and to register online!

Love & Light,

The Swanand Family


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