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For those who don’t know anything about Ayurveda; it’s a way of living that’s governed by an individual’s natural constitution and the time of year. We are all ruled by ‘doshas’ which are mixtures of the five different elements (space, air, fire, water and earth)
The three doshas are:
Keeping these elements in harmony is the key to good health. You can find out what basic body type you are by doing a test like this one:
The seasons are also governed by doshas, and in particular, this time of year is the time when the vata energy starts to build up, and there’s a lot of movement; wind, rain, leaves falling from trees and a general brush through of stagnant summer energy. Vata is well and truly in charge from mid-September until late-December.
If you’re finding it hard to switch off because your mind is doing overtime, and it’s stopping you getting a decent might’s sleep, that’s vata at work. Physically, you might start noticing more aches and pains, stiffness, and digestive problems.
Bad news if you have to travel is that being on the go all the time makes it worse. Eating at odd times, working too hard and staying up late will also knock your vata further out of balance.
Starting from now, this is the time to try and get your routine for winter under way. Wherever you can, try to get a bit of regularity into your routine, even if it’s just trying to stick to regular meals.
It’s all common sense really – this is the time of year for winding down, conserving your energy and looking after yourself.
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