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As we know from my last post, vata dosa oversees movement in the body, the nervous system, and the elimination process.
The main qualities of Vata: Light, irregular, changeable & dry.
A Vata person tends to be on the go, full of energy and quite creative. As long as Vata is stable, you are lively, enthusiastic and enjoy a lean body.
How does a Vata person looks like?
If Vata is your predominant dosa, you are usually thin, have an agile body and light frame. Energy levels fluctuate from bursts to sudden bouts of fatigue. Usually a Vata person, like you, has dry skin and hair, cold hands and feet. Your sleep patterns vary or you are a light sleeper & your digestion is sensitive. On the other hand, if Vata is unbalanced, it manifests in your body with weight loss, hypertension, weakness, digestive challenges and restlessness.
How about your emotions?
A Vata personality loves excitement and new adventures. When Vatas are in harmony, they are creative, flexible and full of energy. Amazing conversationalists and enjoy taking initiative. On the contrary, they worry excessively, very anxious and may suffer from insomnia and often question themselves.
How to balance Vata?
Unbalanced Vata contributes to feeling out of control & anxious. Your mind may get full of unfinished to-do lists and accumulated stress. All these will probably contribute to insomnia, skipping meals, irregular digestive system and weight loss. If this is what is happening to you, slow down, don’t skip meals, and try to get more hours of sleep. A balanced routine will regulate your habit of long & impossible to achieve to-do lists so you are not carried away into the thin air.
Vata is cold, light, irregular, dry, and always changing. To balance Vata, make choices that bring warmth, stability, and consistency to your life. Try to get to bed before 10 p.m., wake up by 6 a.m., and eat your meals at regular times.
What to have in your Kitchen to help you balance Vata?
Since Vata is cold, dry and light. You should favor oily, warm and heavy.
· Warm ginger tea.
· Sweets in moderation, salty and sour tastes
· Good fats such as olive oil
· Heavy and sweet fruit like bananas eaten alone or lightly cooked or baked.
· Cooked veggies.
· Spices such as; cilantro, fennel, oregano, sage, tarragon, thyme, black pepper, cardamom, cumin, ginger, cinnamon, salt, cloves, mustard seed, and basil,
Ayurveda has a vast number of suggestions to pacify your Vata. From Spices, Foods, temperature, routines, recipes and asana practice.
I hope you find this information useful for balance and stability.
See you in class,