Ayurveda and Flip-Flopping Weather

Written by on November 4, 2015 in Alternative Health Care, Health, Prevention with 2 Comments


It seems like these days anything goes with the weather. One day we’re getting down the boxes of scarves, hats and gloves, and the next day we’re back in tank tops and flip flops.

A brave soul whispered to me (on a near 80 degree sunny day last month) “I don’t like this.” This sounds almost blasphemous to most of us – after all, who doesn’t love a warm sunny day?

Well, from an Ayurvedic perspective, that person is probably really tuned into his body. It wasn’t the hot day, per se that was challenging him, but the way the weather was flip-flopping (pun intended).

Our bodies have a difficult time adjusting to the change of seasons, especially as we age. I write about this a lot because it’s really really important.  

Many of us (I live in the Northeastern US) are in Vata Season now. So those of us who have a lot of Vata in our constitution, or those who have a Vata imbalance (which is very common in our fast-paced world) can really feel anxiety, nervousness, fear or an overall sensation of ungroundedness amp up in the fall when Vata Season begins.

Because Vata dosha is in charge of temperature regulation, this back-and-forth weather can be especially unsettling for Vata-types.

As much as I don’t like cold weather, I notice that I feel much calmer once the weather has settled into a pattern. In our world today, however, this seems like it could be a thing of the past.

The easiest way to avoid getting sick, rundown, or plagued with anxiety and fear, is to REALLY tune into your body. It’s a skill that we can all learn.

It may sound simplistic, but really tuning into our bodies the Ayurvedic way – through awareness of the elements (air, ether, fire, water and earth), we can achieve the kind of balance that is found in all of Nature.

Here are some easy ways to help you navigate the challenges of seasonal change and especially Vata Season.

Stay cool/warm while enjoying the beauty of my favorite season – autumn.

Much love,

Barbara Sinclair is a visual artist, holistic health counselor and energy healing practitioner with a passion for Ayurveda.  Barbara was able to heal herself from fibromyalgia by learning and implementing ancient holistic practices, including Ayurveda. She is now pain-free and eager to share these methods with her readers and clients. You can contact her for an Ayurvedic consultation or energy healing session, or to read more articles on her blog, at barbarasinclair.com. Sign up HERE to receive Barbara’s monthly newsletters as well as weekly practical Ayurvedic tips.


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