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Vata Dosha – Characteristics and the balancing act

Vata Dosha – Characteristics and the balancing act
September 8, 2015 Nidhi Bansal
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Vata Dosha is the physical energy of motion and circulation in our body and mind!

Vata Dosha is the prime physical energy guiding motion of our physical being such as respiratory, nervine, vocal, muscular, and circulatory and mental being such as creativity and communication.

Vata Dosha characteristics

Balanced state and aggravated state characteristics for Vata Dosha

A balanced Vata Dosha is exhibited in controlled external and internal motions such as absorption and elimination of food and water, menstruation cycle in females, blood pressure levels, physical energy level, and high level of creativity. On the contrary, an unbalanced state would have erratic motion, exhibited as excessive flow, blocked flow, or very low flow. Some examples of unbalanced Vata are listed below:

  • Dryness in terms of constipation and hard stools
  • Excessive weight loss or weight gain
  • Highly emotional and vulnerable to surroundings and people
  • Excessive dry skin and lips
  • Lack of focus and emptiness in thoughts
  • Irregular Menstrual cycle
  • Insomnia
  • Excessive and sharp pains
Vata Profile

Why Vata gets out of balance

Vata imbalance can occur due to various reasons, some are listed below:

  • Sudden or excessive changes in lifestyle involving meal composition, timings, and way of ingestion
  • Physical changes observed during menarche, menopause, and post delivery
  • Extreme climatic conditions involving very cold and hot temperatures
  • Excessive stress and involvement in multiple activities at the same time

Bringing the balance back and pacifying aggravation ailments

The guiding principle of balancing is as simple as practising directly opposite characteristics of Vata Dosha. This can be incorporated by numerous methods such as dietary change, physical activity, regulating daily routine, meditation, external treatments of massage, and aromatherapy. However, the most important act to balance this Dosha includes maintaining a calm and scheduled lifestyle. This can be achieved by:

Vata Dosha Diet

  • The inclusion of moderate and calming physical activity such as yoga, swimming and walking
  • Prioritising and focussing on few tasks or things that really matter rather than investing oneself in multiple projects
  • Establishing and following a daily routine of activity, sleep, and food intake
  • Dietary changes and focusing on the opposite gunas such as warm, moist, heavy, and oily
  • Regular self-massage by warming oils such as sesame oil and ghee. In Ayurveda, it is known as Abhyanga. Shared below is an excellent demonstration of conducting Abhyanga.

Vata Dosha Exercise

Read here to know about Pitta Dosha and Kapha Dosha.

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