When mist lies over the meadows in the morning and the leaves rustle under your feet, then the third season has begun. Autumn not only brings a change in nature, but also in your inner balance. But this change does not affect everyone in the same way: Depending on your constitution, your dosha will react differently to the cooler, drier environment and the longer nights.
If you look into the teachings of Ayurveda, autumn is primarily characterized by one bioenergy: Vata, the air and space dosha. For all constitution types, the winds of change can make you feel more nervous and tense than on previous summer days, and worries and fears that you have repressed make their way into your consciousness. On a physical level, the cool weather affects your immune system and digestion. The body loses fluids, which can be balanced by warming, oily and moist foods and a conscious diet. Rest and retreat is good for all dosha types in the fall. Depending on which basic energy determines your body, autumn affects your well-being.
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Your dosha in autumn
Pitta: coolness and relief
For Pitta types, autumn is a real boon. The cooler weather accommodates and balances their warm, oily nature. The crisp, dry air helps temper the excess fire within. But that's not all: the longer autumn nights give Pittas more time for rest and sleep, through which they can recharge batteries drained by summer and fortify themselves for the winter days ahead. If you are a Pitta type, pay special attention to a healthy diet that supports your immune system to avoid inflammation and infections.
Kapha: vitality and energy
Similar to Pitta types, Kaphas feel alive and refreshed in the fall. The dryness and lightness of the air sweeps away the excess moisture and heaviness of the hot summer. Kaphas blossom at this time of year and feel themselves recharge their batteries. If you have Kapha dosha predominance, however, you should take extra care to eat mindfully in the fall. With the cold, your appetite increases, which can lead to an accumulation of waste products and weight gain with your constitution-typically low digestive fire Agni.
Vata: routines for balance
For Vata types, autumn can be challenging. The cool, breezy nature of autumn exacerbates their natural tendency toward physical and mental restlessness. Vatas are generally more prone to illness and need to take extra care of themselves in the fall to stay healthy. If you are a Vata type, make sure you keep warm don't overexert yourself. Ayurvedic routines can help you balance the doshas and maintain your inner balance.
For every Dosha type, give your body and mind the opportunity to adapt to the changes of the season. Make sure you get enough rest and sleep, eat a healthy and balanced diet, and get regular exercise in the fresh air. On a mental level, try to keep a positive attitude and follow your needs. If you live in harmony with your Ayurvedic dosha, you will fill your body with new energy in autumn and can go into winter healthy, strengthened and full of energy.
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