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Vata governs

Vata governs all movement in the mind and body. Vata is the most important dosha and keeping it in a state of balance is essential – especially when combating stress, overload and the aging process.
Vata governs…
  • the senses
  • creative thinking & reasoning
  • enthusiasm
  • quality of voice
  • memory & movement of thought
  • movement of food through
  • the digestive tract
  • elimination of wastes
  • sexual function
  • blood flow & heart rhythm
  • perspiration

 

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It is very vata to…

  • Be hungry at any time of the day or night
  • Love excitement and constant change
  • Be sensitive to cold, dry, windy weather
  • Go to sleep at different times of the night
  • Skip meals and keep irregular habits in general
  • Digest food well one day and poorly the next
  • Tend towards exhaustion from overworking or over-exercising
  • Display bursts of emotion that are short lived and quickly forgotten
  • Spend money quickly and find it hard to save
  • Be highly social, and like to mix with all types of people

Vata out balance results in…

  • Worries, overactive mind, sleep problems and difficulty breathing.
  • Dry coughs, sore throats, earaches and generalised fatigue.
  • Slow or rapid digestion with gas, intestinal cramps, tendency for poor assimilating and weak tissue.
  • Intestinal cramps, menstrual discomfort, lower back pain, irregularity of bowel – constipation and gas to diarrhoea, in a changeable manner.
  • Dry or rough skin, nervousness, shakiness, poor blood flow, and stress-related problems.

How to balance Vata

  • Abhyanga (daily ayurvedic massage with sesame oil).
  • Warm temperatures.
  • Warm, cooked foods (less raw foods).
  • Early bedtime, lots of rest.
  • Favor warm, oily, heavy foods and sweet, sour, and salty tastes.
  • Reduce light, dry, cold foods and pungent, bitter and astringent tastes.
  • Regular daily routine.
  • Avoid stimulants.
  • Regular, daily elimination.
  • Stay warm in cold, windy weather