Called Rtucharya in Ayurveda, Ayurveda recommends following a seasonal routine.
Classical references describe six ritus, or seasons. Sarat is 🍂 Autumn in Sanskrit. Ayurveda also describers Ritusandhi, which is the time between seasons.
The qualities of Autumn are dry, rough, windy 🌬 cool, and subtle. Due to the similar qualities, Autumn is considered the Vata season; therefore we need to balance the Vata qualities of cool, lightness and drying with warmth, nourishment, oil and stability.
With this knowledge, we should make subtle alterations to our routine and eating habits to encourage a gentle seasonal transition. Stability and routine are particularly important for treating individuals experiencing a Vata imbalance.

Establish a daily routine of waking up 🛏 exercising, eating meals and going to bed at a consistent time which all help to calm the nervous system.
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Daily oil massage 💆🏻‍♀️ with black seed sesame oil.
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Aim for 10 minutes of silence meditation 🧘🏻‍♀️ in the morning. Gentle and grounding yoga will help to keep the body from getting too cold and stiff.
  • Favour foods that are nourishing, grounding and substantive. Use warming spices, serve food warm or hot which will keep your agni 🔥 strong. Favour sweet, sour, and salty tastes. Use plenty of oil and ghee.
  • Minimise foods with Vata qualities of lightness and cooling, such as broccoli, raw or cold vegetables, cauliflower, popcorn, dried fruit, and crackers.
  • Foods to favour would include stewed apple 🍎 or pear, banana, beets, pumpkin, sweet potato 🍠 oats, mung beans, basmati rice 🍚 ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, soaked seeds and nuts.
  • Optimal herbs for Vata season include chyavanaprash, Ashwagandha and Triphala. Please note that it is best to speak with your practitioner to determine which herbs will be most suited for you, as recommendations vary from individual to individual.
If you are interested in an Autumn routine, you’re welcome to speak to one of our partitioners. Consultations can be booked online – the details are in our bio!
Wishing you a smooth Autumn transition 🍂
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