Vata is described by air and space, pitta by fire and kapha by earth and water. Just like horoscopes we can make detailed descriptions of our physical and personality characteristics from our dosha type. So for example I’m driven by the fire of determination, but can often day-dream or become flaky and
feeling grounded is something I have to work on regularly!
Autumn is the season on vata (following on from the summer pitta heat). The air is drier and cooler than before and so it’s best to change how we eat, act and practice yoga to complement the change in seasons. Many of us do this naturally, for example we tend not to eat so many cold salads at this time of
year, and may step up the intensity of exercise now that the climate is cooler. [Bear in mind that Ayurveda comes from a climate of extreme heat and humidity, the variations in the UK are not so marked!]
I tend to use more body oil in the colder months to counteract my vata dominance, and choose sweet, heavy scents such as lavender, black pepper, orange and patchouli in the bath and in massage. Wearing dark, bright colours can help lift your mood as we head towards winter, matching the reds, oranges and browns of nature in the die-back of trees.
To learn more about your dosha type click here