‘Tis the season for protecting your Vata and Pitta Doshas. As the winds and rain increase, these doshas can easily become imbalanced.
Vata is responsible for movement and its elements are wind and space. Because Vata is always on the go and we also never stop, moving all day, every day without grounding ourselves, our Vata definitely has a propensity to accumulate and now we have high dry winds… talk about a recipe for disaster.
To understand how excess Vata and Pitta manifest into symptoms, let us first look at their qualities and locations in the body.
Vata is light, rough, dry, cold, minute and mobile and its primary locations are in the colon, bones, nerve tissues and lower limbs. Excess Vata in the body can look like joint weakness and pain, constipation, gas, bloating and brittle and dry bones, skin and hair. Also, the more Vata increases the more vulnerable you are to anxiety and worry. In order to protect Vata in these high wind seasons we want to think of opposite qualities like stable, hot, soft, heavy, smooth and gross.
Pitta is responsible for heat and transformation and its elements are fire and water. Entering this rainy/fall season after the hot summer, Pitta is accumulated and soon aggravated. Because Pitta is responsible for heat and in the body, it transforms our food during the digestive process, the goal is to balance Pitta so its inner fire is not so strong that it creates “char” or an overcooked toxicity of waste in the body.
Pitta is light, sharp, hot, flowing and liquid. Its primary locations are in the stomach (small intestine), eyes, skin, spleen, blood and sweat. Excess Pitta in the body can look like burning abdominal pain, ulcers, diarrhea, skin secretions, inflammation on the skin, burning eyes, fever, excess sweat with odor and your tongue may be very red and wet. Also, the more Pitta increases the more you may find yourself “hot-tempered”. In order to bring down that accumulation of Pitta and balance it during this fall/rainy season, we want to think of opposite qualities like heavy, soft, cold, stable and thick.
So How Can You Balance Your Vata/Pitta Doshas This Windy/Fall Season?