The wisdom of Ayurveda teaches us to pacify Vata Dosha in the fall. Considering that most Ayurvedic practitioners agree that 90% of the cases they see in North America have some form of elevated vata, it's safe to say that as a society, we need to learn to pacify this "dosha".
So what is "Vata Dosha"?
Vata, meaning wind, or 'to move' is the energy of movement residing in us and the universe. Vata is made up of the elements of Air (Vayu) & Space (Akasha), causing Vata to impart the qualities of Lightness, Dryness and Coolness. When Vata is balanced in a being, this person brings freshness, light-heartedness, flexibility, creativity and an uplifted energy to life. But when Vata goes out of balance through overstimulation of the senses, too much mind activity, trauma or a way of being that is simply out of sync with the natural rhythms of the world, this person can become overcome with internal and outer agitation, fear, anxiety, panic attacks, shakiness, irregular digestion or constipation, intestinal cramping, muscle spasms, dry skin, spaciness, forgetfulness, painful menstruation, fatigue and insomnia.
Through the application of Vata-pacifying Ayurvedic techniques, treatments, routines and medicine, Vata can be coaxed back into balance and maintained. This entire day will focus on ways to balance and maintain vata dosha throughout the autumn season!