Vata Season: Health and Emotional Well-being

by Jade Shutes

Welcome to Vata Season

The crisp autumn air and falling leaves signal that Vata season is upon us. As the dry, cool, light, and mobile qualities of Vata rise in nature, our bodies and minds start to reflect these qualities as well.

For those of us with dominant Vata constitutions, this is a time where we must be extra mindful to keep our Vata in check through proper diet, lifestyle routines, and self-care practices. Even for those who are not predominantly Vata, the environmental influence of Vata season can still throw us off balance if we don’t adapt properly.

The good news is that with the right knowledge, Vata season can be a beautiful and inspirational time of year. By understanding Vata qualities and learning simple ways to counterbalance them, we can flow gracefully with the seasons and maintain radiant health.

In this post, we’ll explore:

    • The qualities of Vata and how they manifest
    • How Vata Influences Our Fall Experience
    • Pacifying Vata Through Diet & Lifestyle

    • Lifestyle Routines for Vata Season

    • Lifestyle tips to keep Vata balanced
    • Aromatic Remedies for Vata Imbalances
    • Embrace Vata Season with Mindfulness

So cozy up with a cup of hot tea and let’s unlock the secrets to staying centered during this lively Vata season!

Getting to Know Vata

Vata embodies the elements of air and space. Some words that describe Vata: cold, light, dry, rough, subtle, mobile, energetic, erratic. Vata is the force behind all movement in the body and mind. Without the motivating power of Vata, nothing would get done!

When in balance, Vata promotes creativity, flexibility, lightness, and enthusiasm. Out of balance, Vata can create anxiety, insomnia, constipation, fatigue, and more.

When Vata is in excess, we may experience:


    • Constipation
    • Bloating, gas
    • Dry skin, hair, nails
    • Insomnia
    • Fatigue
    • Aches, cracking joints
    • Weak immune function


    • Anxiety, worry
    • Racing thoughts
    • Mood swings
    • Trouble focusing
    • Forgetfulness
    • Tendency to feel overwhelmed

During Vata season, as the atmosphere becomes colder, drier, and windier, our Vata naturally gets provoked.


The key is to counterbalance these intense qualities with opposite ones – think grounding, nourishing, warming, and moistening.

How Vata Influences Our Fall Experience

As the wind picks up and the weather turns cold, dry, and unpredictable, our Vata is provoked. Whereas summer is the season of building up heat, fall initiates the process of release. Trees shed their leaves, plants begin to wither, and animals start conserving energy for winter.

While this letting go is a necessary part of the seasonal cycle, our bodies can interpret these Vata qualities as imbalancing. We may start to feel restless, fatigued, worried, stressed and scattered more easily. Vata-associated health issues like dry skin, constipation, arthritis, and anxiety can flare up.

That’s why fall is such an important season for implementing Vata-pacifying routines. With the right diet, lifestyle, and self-care rituals, we can gracefully surf the rising Vata tide!

Pacifying Vata Through Diet & Lifestyle

To calm Vata and feel our best, we want to emphasize foods and activities with stabilizing, heavy, and lubricating qualities. Here are some simple ways to balance Vata:


– Warm cooked grains like rice, quinoa, oatmeal
– Starchy roasted veggies like sweet potato, squash, carrots
– Warm cooked lentils like mung dal
– Milk, ghee, butter
– Warming spices like cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, cumin
– Sweet, ripe fruits like bananas, dates, figs
– Nuts like almonds, walnuts, cashews
– Avoid cold, raw foods!


– Gentle exercise like yoga, pilates, tai chi
– Massage with warm oil
– Meditation
– Early bedtime
– Spending time in nature
– Listening to harmonizing music
– Creative hobbies like art, writing

Lifestyle Routines for Vata Season

Routines are incredibly grounding and nourishing for Vata. They provide stability and comfort amidst the fluctuating qualities of the external environment. Here are some daily routines to try:

  • Abhyanga: Give yourself a warm oil massage every morning before bathing. Sesame oil is particularly soothing for Vata.
  • Regularity: Eat meals at the same time daily. Have breakfast within one hour of waking, the biggest meal at lunch, and a light early dinner.
  • Bedtime: Try to be in bed by 10 p.m. and awake by 6 a.m. The hours before midnight are dominated by Vata and can disturb sleep.
  • Meditate: Sit quietly for at least 10 minutes in the morning and evening. So Hum meditation is calming for Vata.
  • Yoga: Gentle flowing sequences in the morning to stimulate digestion and relaxation poses before bed.
  • Pranayama: Alternate nostril breathing helps balance the right and left hemispheres of the brain. Learn how with this video.

Aromatic Remedies for Vata Imbalances


Personal Inhaler

10 drops Coriander seed essential oil
7 drops Ginger essential oil
8 drops Sweet marjoram essential oil


Ultrasonic Diffuser

5 drops Lavender essential oil
6 drops Roman chamomile essential oil
4 drops Mandarin essential oil

Diffuse in your bedroom while relaxing for 1/2 hour before going to sleep.

Dry Skin

Lotion Bar for Vata Season Dryness

90 grams Cocoa butter
45 grams Shea butter
11.6 grams Jojoba oil

23 drops Black pepper essential oil
35 drops Lavender essential oil
21 drops Carrot seed essential oil

To see how to make view Instagram reel here!

Embrace Vata Season with Mindfulness

The high energy of Vata season asks us to cultivate mindfulness as we transition to colder months. Making small shifts to our self-care routine based on Ayurvedic wisdom can help us gracefully dance with Vata.

Above all, bring awareness to the present moment. Notice the effects the weather has on your mood, appetite, energy level. Be receptive to what your body asks. See each day as a new opportunity to achieve inner harmony.

Allow these ancient teachings to guide you towards wholeness, joy and inner radiance!

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