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Apr 16, 2014

Vata Dosha

Vata represents the biological elements of air and space.  It has the qualities of dry, cold, light, quick, erratic, rough, unstable and moving. Vata governs all movement in the mind and body.  It controls blood flow, elimination of wastes, breathing, and movement of thoughts across the mind.  Vata governs the other two doshas (pitta and kapha) and so it’s very important to keep Vata in good balance to ensure the other two doshas are not imbalanced.

Characteristics of Vata
- Light, thinner build
-Tendency for dry skin
-Aversion to cold weather
-Tendency toward light and interrupted sleep
- Quick to grasp new information
- Quick to forget
- Irregular hunger and digestion
- Tendency toward constipation

Imbalanced Vata
Physical Manifestations
-Intolerance to wind and cold
-Flatulence, intestinal gas
-Dry skin and chapped lips
-Loss of energy or stamina
-Severe and acute pains
-Joint aches or arthritis
-Back pain, especially low back pain
-Muscle spasms
Psychological Manifestations
-Overactivity of the mind
-Anxiety, inability to relax
-Inability to concentrate
-Loss of appetite

Guidelines for Balancing Vata
-Get plenty of rest and quiet time (this is all-important for any Vata problem)
-Stay warm
-Eat a Vata-pacifying diet and eat regularly
-Drink lots of warm fluids
-Avoid cold food and drinks
-Use herbs and spices that are Vata-reducing:
  •   Heating spices
  •   Ashwagandha, fresh ginger,   
  •   Triphala (amla, bibhitaki, haritaki)
-Maintain a regular daily routine (mealtimes, bedtimes, etc.)
-Massage your body with sesame oil each morning
-Take a long, warm shower or bath in the morning
-Perform mild exercises (simple yoga stretches, walking, tai chi)
-Avoid mental strain or over-stimulation (loud music, violent movies, long hours of TV or computer, particularly in the evening)
-Make your surroundings light, bright, and cheerful
-Do not drink alcohol, or caffeine while trying to balance Vata
-Healing mantra: “slow down” 

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