Dec 07, 2023
Dec 07, 2023
Ayurvedic texts describe three energies or forces that govern all the activities of mind and body. Vata dosha, the dosha that governs winter, is made up of the two elements space and air.
People with more Vata in their constitutions tend to be thin, with a slender frame and prominent joints, delicate skin that is naturally dry, and dry voluminous hair. They are quick and lively in thought, speech and action, and make friends easily. They are light sleepers and gravitate towards warm environments. Creativity and enthusiasm are hallmarks of balanced Vata.
If your prakriti or original constitution has more Vata in it, you will exhibit many of the characteristics and qualities of Vata when you are in balance than people who have more Pitta or Kapha in their make-up.
And that's natural. But if the qualities become extreme, or more pronounced than usual at a given time, then the Vata in you has in all likelihood become aggravated or imbalanced, and needs to be brought back into balance. And if a predominantly Kapha or Pitta person starts exhibiting many Vata qualities, that indicates a Vata imbalance in that Kapha or Pitta body type. In both cases, it is then time to follow a Vata-balancing diet and lifestyle to help restore the level of Vata in the physiology to its normal proportion.
Factors that can cause Vata dosha to increase in the physiology include a diet that contains too many dry or raw foods, over-consumption of ice-cold beverages, exposure to cold dry winds, a variable daily routine, too much travel, and mental overexertion. Vata tends to increase in most people's physiologies in the late fall and winter, and almost everyone can benefit by giving some attention to bringing it back into balance.
Signs that you need to balance Vata
If you answered yes to many of the questions above, following a Vata-balancing diet and lifestyle can help restore balance.
Include foods that are liquid or unctuous in your daily diet to balance dryness, some "heavy" foods to offer substance and sustained nourishment, foods that are smooth in texture to offset roughness and foods that are warm or hot to balance the cool nature of Vata. So what exactly does this mean in terms of foods you should choose and foods you should stay away from? Here are some specific dietary tips:
Shreelata Suresh is a yoga instructor from the Bay Area, and she writes on yoga and Ayurveda for different publications. To subscribe to free newsletters on Ayurveda, or for more information, please visit http://www.ayurbalance.com.
Information provided in this article is for the sole purpose of imparting education on Ayurveda and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. If you have a medical condition, please consult your physician.
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|hello sir i m sunil age 30 i have big problem of gas but when i judged about my fart its not smelly its normal like air (vaat) becasue i was suffering from constipation. The constipation is alright now but i supposed that i have a problem of vaat plz help me plz suggest me what i do for balancing this.|
|plese suggest me ayurvedic medicine for vata dosh.|
| constantly worried, anxious, overwhelmed, fretful|
feel tired but find unable to slow down and relax
find it difficult to settle down and fall asleep at night
sleep restless when I manage to fall asleep
feel "spaced out"
harder to remember things for more than a short period of time
attention span shorter than usual
harder to focus
imbalance while walking
suffering from joint pains and swelling in ankles and feet, internal body tremble and insomania,always feel nervous.
Prakash Mutgi, Age : 60 Years. R/o Bengaluru
|I am suffering from chanting of teeth, internal body tremble and insomania , nausea and restless from 2 months .. I always feel nervous .. It has decreased but such symptom repeat twice everyday.. Ply help me|
|I have facing some joint pain. can you inform me this from Gas or Vata.|
when pain coming time, the part of the body becomes swelling with red colour
so what can i do for this type of pain. can you please inform me.
|It seems I belong to vata type. Currently I am suffering from joint pains and swelling in ankles. Pl advise|
|I am 45 yrs old suffering from anaemia and my wrist joints ,palms are swelling .Pls suggest me.I am vegetarian.|
|i myself also diagnosed vata dosha and treatment has been going on gradually my health is improving. well your msg is clearing me more and i must started to take prevention as you said..thankx a lot for gvngs such useful msg. .|