Vata (Air & Space)
Vata is a combination of the Air and Space elements. Vata governs all movement. The classic description of vata individuals is that they tend to exhibit dry thinner skin, a light body frame, cold hands and feet, rough nails, coarse kinky hair, quick movements, talkativeness, hyperactivity or variable stamina, and darker skin and eyes. These tend to be different in each person. Vata influences the movement of thoughts, feelings, prana flows, nerve impulses, and fluids in the body.
Vata governs movement in the body, the activities of the nervous system, and the process of elimination. Vata influences the other doshas. Vatas tend to always be on the go, with energetic and creative minds. When Vatas are in balance, they are lively and enthusiastic.
PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS OF VATA:
Thin, light frame, and excellent adaptability -their energy comes in bursts, and they are likely to experience sudden bouts of fatigue. Vata's typically have dark skin and cold hands and feet. They sleep lightly and their digestion can be sensitive. When imbalanced, Vatas tend to experience weight loss, constipation, arthritis, weakness, restlessness, aches, and pains.
EMOTIONAL CHARACTERISTICS OF VATA:
Vatas love excitement and new experiences. They are quick to anger but also to forgive. They are energetic, creative, and flexible. They also take initiative and are lively conversationalists. When imbalanced, Vatas are prone to worry, anxiousness, nervousness, and often suffer from insomnia.
when vata dosha is imbalanced :
The site of Vata Dosha in the body is the large intestine, so when Vata accumulates too much, it typically shows as constipation. As the Vata continues to get out of hand, signs will appear other places as well, in the form of insomnia, shoulder aches, and indecisiveness. Emotionally Vata produces fear, anxiety and reactive behavior.
when vata dosha is balanced :
They are creative, enthusiastic, lively, content and mindful.
how to balance vata dosha :
Vata is cold and dry and so a vata-pacifying diet of foods that can neutralize is recommended. Regular intake of foods that are warm, oily, moist, smooth and nourishing can negate the impact of vata imbalance in the body. Practicing gentle Hatha yoga can also prove helpful. Many individuals with Vata-influenced constitution love variety, but need the framework of a regular routine to remain stable and grounded while pursuing and enjoying that variety.
COMMIT TO A REGULAR ROUTINE
When Vata is out of balance, there is a tendency to avoid routine and skip meals. To balance the aggravated dosha, practice the opposite quality. Rather than surrender to the temptation to discard your routines and avoid it, take a moment to organize your days into a soothing routine full of self-care and balance. As a rule of thumb, try to sleep before 10 p.m. and eat regular meals around the same time each day.
You may find that you are chilled all the way to your bones and it is nearly impossible to stay warm. Add some layers to your clothing, sip on warm milk or ginger tea and keep your head covered if it’s frosty or blustery outside. Add some blankets to your bed at night and take warm baths with nourishing bath oils.
Book your favorite massage, get some reflexology done, or take five minutes to give yourself a massage using warming oils such as sesame or almond. Let this habit become a weekly or monthly routine. Massage boosts circulation and promotes relaxation.
Play relaxing music, choose to be around friends who make you feel calm and relaxed, use aromatherapy, take deep breaths often, pause in between tasks, and schedule self-soothing time.
KEEP YOUR EXERCISE ROUTINE LIGHT
Vatas tend to desire intense work out to calm their anxious minds, but a light movement exercise or practice is recommended, promoting flexibility and balance rather than speed. Take a nature walk or stroll with a friend. Practice gentle yoga, tai chi or qi gong. Take a dance class or go for an easy bike ride. Focus on breathing deeply and be gentle with yourself.
EAT TO BALANCE VATA