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Plus Tips for a Successful Seasonal Detox
Now is a great time to consider doing a simple Fall Cleanse. A cleanse is an easy way to buffer your health and protect your well-being for the coming months and beyond.
One of the most important gifts of Ayurveda is the knowledge that we are not separate from anything else in the Universe, not even the intangibles. The mind, body, and spirit are all one and the same, and connected with all else that exists. When a butterfly flutters its wings on the other side of the planet, we really are influenced by it in a subtle way.
Our system is constantly working to maintain homeostasis, making continual adjustments to adapt and remain in harmony with nature. When the environment around us changes, we are affected, much as a boat is rocked by the movement of the ocean. Sometimes we can be thrown out of balance when there are too many changes, too many toxins accumulated, or a weakness has developed—especially in our digestive system. It is easier to maintain harmony and balance when we stay near equilibrium. When imbalances build and accumulate, we may see more drastic and long-lasting effects which, in turn, are more difficult to eliminate.
Seasonal Changes and Imbalances
According to Ayurveda, our health is more vulnerable when one season cycles into another. The change in seasons has an especially strong impact on us, making it easier for imbalance to take root. In the fall, vata shows itself as drier, rougher, and windier weather, which increases these qualities within us. The leaves dry up and fall off the trees, the cold wind blows, and the days grow shorter and darker. This is the time when we may develop vata imbalances such as dry skin, stiff joints, constipation, bloating, disturbed sleep, and changeable moods like anxiety, loneliness, and scatteredness.
If you are curious how vata may influence your own health and character, an Ayurvedic Profile quiz is a perfect place to start. The quiz is designed to help you identify your own special constitution, or prakriti, and also your current state of balance, or vikriti.
Ayurveda teaches that vata is responsible for 60% of all diseases regardless of prakriti, so it is important to soothe vata as soon as these little niggly symptoms begin to appear. To stay healthy, we need to eliminate the buildup of excess doshas on a regular basis and, as fall naturally stirs up vata, it is a perfect time for many of us to do a vata-soothing cleanse.
The Ayurvedic Cleanse
Another wonderful gift Ayurveda offers is the knowledge of how to cleanse and rejuvenate. We can regularly practice an Ayurvedic cleanse at home and, for a more thorough purification, we can turn to panchakarma—a special and profound type of balancing that is performed under the supervision of a trained Ayurvedic specialist.
If you have never done an Ayurvedic cleanse before, you might begin by reading An Introduction to Ayurvedic Cleansing. You can add more support to your cleanse by tailoring it to address whichever dosha is most out of balance. Today we will take a special look at calming vata.
Soothing Vata During Your Cleanse
Soothing is the perfect word to help us understand how to care for vata. As vata is changeable, light, dry, cool, and rough, we want to focus on the opposite actions of calming, quieting, and gently loving ourselves to bring vata back into its home. Here are some general guidelines to help you on your way:
In the meantime, I wish you the best on your journey to wellness and happiness.
In love and light,
I'm Shivani Chase. I love to help people learn how to live the best life they can using Ayurveda, yoga, compassion and common sense.