How to Balance Vata Dosha: Preparation for Fall

Every season in Ayurveda is associated with a particular dosha - Vata, Pitta, Kapha. Autumn is associated with Vata dosha.  Autumn features cooler temperatures, wind, and dry weather. These characteristics of the season are also characteristics of Vata that can become unbalanced. For example, people tend to get dryer skin in autumn and people tend to become colder as we enter into October and November months.

The seasonal fluctuations occurring in nature can also occur in our physical, psychological, and energetic subtle bodies. But, we can prepare for these changes and balance the upcoming characteristics by changing our self-care routines and skincare regimen to help support Vata dosha. Here is a list of skincare, diet and exercise changes we can implement as we move through autumn.

Best oils to support Vata dosha:

  • Sesame oil
  • Almond oil
  • Jojoba oil

Best essential oils for Vata:

To balance Vata you should use sweet, soothing and warm oils like cinnamon, patchouli, and sweet orange. Other oils that can balance Vata dosha are vanilla, lavender, lemon, ginger and ylang ylang.

Best fruit for Vata dosha:

  • Bananas 
  • Berries
  • Cantaloupe
  • Cherries
  • Coconut
  • Dates 
  • Grapefruit
  • Grapes
  • Lemon
  • Mango
  • Melons
  • Oranges
  • Papaya
  • Peaches
  • Pineapple
  • Plums

Best vegetables for Vata dosha:

  • Squash, Summer
  • Squash, Winter
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Zucchini
  • Pumpkin
  • Asparagus
  • Avocado
  • Beets
  • Carrots
  • Garlic

Best yoga for Vata dosha:

Yin yoga, or anything slow and grounding. Think forward folds and hip openers.