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Vata Season – Do’s and Don’ts

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Winter is also known as the Vata season in Ayurveda and is typically characterized as light, clear, cold, dry, and moving. Providing all of these qualities are balanced, any person whose Dosha is Vata should be creative, healthy, and exuberant.

When there is too much of an accumulation of Vata in a person’s mind and body, a Vata imbalance can often present itself as either emotional or physical disorders. Some of which may include anxiety, high blood pressure, constipation, dry skin, arthritis, and depression.

Regardless of your Dosha, throughout the Autumn and Winter seasons, you could become vulnerable to an imbalance. For those who are Vata dominant, particular vigilance is needed to ensure you stay in balance.

Tips for Staying Balanced in the Vata Season


  • Make sure you get enough sleep as this is essential for Vata’s who have a real tendency to push themselves beyond normal expectations. This is the season where you need to recuperate and rejuvenate.
  • Mediation is an essential tool and a great way to find peace and can help to tame the overactive mind of a Vata.
  • Be cosy, and wear garments that are made with softer fabrics in either pastel shades or earth tones.
  • Make sure you stay warm and toasty at work and at home. Because Vata is a dry and cold Dosha, this can really make a big difference. Another important point is regarding drafts; because Vata’s are extra sensitive to moving air, it is best to steer clear of vents, fans or draft doors.
  • Make time for a quick massage in the morning and before bed. Almond and Sesame oil are both great oils for Vata to use.
  • Where foods are concerned, it is best to stay away from any uncooked or dry foods. Instead, eat fresh, warming foods that are sweet, salty or salty to taste. Some excellent examples are mung beans, avocados, quinoa, bananas, beets, carrots, pumpkins, rice, and asparagus.
  • Finally, drink lots of warming liquids. Herbal teas and hot water can really help you to avoid any issues with dehydration.

It is perfectly normal for you to have an increased appetite during the Winter. Eating well, but not overeating can help to pacify Vata.