a lotta vata

Posted by on Oct 5, 2013 in Blog, Breath and Body | Comments Off on a lotta vata

a lotta vata

Sigh.  It’s that time of year again.  The season when things go topsy-turvy and I start to think that everyone is talking about me behind my back, upset at my actions, wishing me ill, avoiding me, judging my appearance, not liking my classes, misunderstanding me.  And so on.  I wake over and over in the night, sometimes even spend over an hour worked up about some miscommunication that never even took place.  It all feels vaguely psychotic, and if I didn’t know what was going on, I’d probably be a bit worried about myself.  But it’s fall, and it’s windy and cool.  I’ve gone vata-crazy.

If you haven’t read about Ayurveda before, you probably aren’t yet aware that in India, one of the dominant medical systems looks at not just the physical body, but at the “big picture” of body, mind and spirit, and each person can be categorized according to separate or overlapping doshas or dispositions.  You can read more about Ayurveda in general and the three different doshas (vata, kapha and pitta) on my blog.  I happen to be primarily vata, and when the vata-dominant season rolls around (fall into winter) I start to feel a bit like a cat in a bag.

Have you noticed yourself sleeping more poorly?  Feeling agitated, irritable, anxious, worried?  Having grandiose paranoid thoughts about the world around you?  Noticing a strange shift in your appetite from hearty to peckish?  Find that your head is in the clouds and you’re having difficulty keeping your mind and thoughts grounded? If this isn’t normally where you find yourself, you may well be experiencing a vata imbalance.  It’s not all doom and gloom, however.  The fall is my favorite time of year and I’m not going to let my dosha madness get the better of me in pumpkin season!  By the time I even notice that things have fallen out of sway, things are usually pretty far gone.  I’m tired and fraying at the edges, melancholic and worried for no reason.  It’s at this time when I know I have to pull up my boots (literally, bye bye sandals) and put away the salads, raw brownies and tofu eaten out of the fridge.  The prescription for bringing your vata back into balance is one of blissful indulgence if you ask me.  But it takes time and planning.

I start drinking tulsi tea to supplement my warm drink needs during the day and put aside the coffee (after the morning requirement of course).  I put on my slippers, wrap myself up in a blanket at home and basically walk around like a chrysalis.  I have to be sure that I stop the picky eating throughout the day, often munching on cold, unprepared foods, and dry foods such as crackers, nuts and dried fruit- something I can typically get away with during the warm summer months.  It’s time for stews and soups, stir fries and baked goods.  Warm bread, warm milk with honey, cardamom, cinnamon, fennel and rosehips.  A bath before bed.  Some slow and deep, warming yoga, but not enough intensity to deplete my energy.  Some quiet time with a book, or meditation.  When Harry Met Sally.  You get the idea.  Sure enough, within a few days of changing my approach from fast, busy, raw, cold and fresh to deep, cooked, warm and cosy things fall back into place.

I’ve just become aware of myself feeling wrapped up in some self-created mental chaos, my eye is twitching inexplicably, and the other night I awoke from my mid-night slumber and played out a full blown fight with my partner- in my head (he was an unwitting participant, fast asleep and completely innocent, I should add).  So I’m now heading into some nurturing territory.  If you get a strange message from me asking you if you’re angry and want to talk about it, it’s just the vata talking.  I’ll be upping my tulsi and things should be under control shortly.  (Seriously, you’re not mad are you?!)

(photo: row of trees by jan mankes)

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