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 VATA = SPACE + AIR ELEMENT

cold - dry - rough - light - subtle - clear - mobile

Responsible for movement (transportation)

FUNCTIONS OF VATA:

  • all physical movements

  • maintenance of life

  • governs the mind, sensory perception, and motor functions

  • movement of thoughts, feelings and nerve impulses

  • circulation of blood

  • assimilation and absorption

  • elimination of urine, feces, sweat

 

 

managing vata

Vata is the King of the Dosha’s because it is responsible for every movement in the body!

Without Vata Pitta and Kapha can’t move. Due to some of Vata’s qualities being light, rough, dry, subtle it is the Dosha that is easiest to get out of balance which really means it’s the Dosha we need to be paying most attention to balancing.

In balance Vata promotes creativity, flexibility, joy, clarity and out of balance Vata produces fear, anxiety and abnormal movements. 

Signs and Symptoms of VATA Imbalance

  • Anxiety, nervousness, unease, panic attacks

  • Dry, rough, cracked skin

  • Constipation, gas, burping, stomach discomfort

  • Irregular sleeping patterns

  • Dislikes cold weather and the wind

  • Difficulty making decisions

  • Over active mind and thinking

  • Tendency to skip meals or not be interested in food 


BALANCING VATA

FAVOUr

  • Favour warm foods both energetically and in temperature eg. whole, fresh cooked foods.

  • Favour spices like ginger, black pepper, cinnamon and cumin, coriander seeds and leaves, fennel seeds but not extremely hot spices like cayenne pepper, chilli.

  • Favour a generous amount of high-quality oils or ghee in your daily diet

  • Favour plenty of hot and or room temperature water

  • balanced diet of protein, carbohydrate and vegetables with fresh seasonal fruit.

  • snack recommendation is a handful of almonds (soaked over night and peeled with a some sultanas)

  • routine in your meals and daily routines

  • Favour sweet, salt, sour tastes

 

AVOID

  • Avoid foods that are dry, rough, light in quality eg. Popcorn, crackers, potato chips, corn chips

  • Avoid raw foods, especially in the morning and evenings (salad, carrot sticks, raw fruit, fresh fruit and vegetable juices) - especially avoid bananas

  • Avoid stimulating drinks such as coffee, alcohol and any fermenting drinks

  • Avoid cold or carbonated drinks

  • Avoid processed or frozen foods

  • Overeating or eating very heavy meals

  • Avoid bitter, pungent, astringent tastes


recommendations for a Vata-Pacifying Lifestyle

  • Go throughout your day with awareness, calmness and creativity

  • A regular, daily routine with regular times for eating, sleeping, working, etc.

  • Daily Abhyanga - applying oil to the body for minimum of 7 minutes, maximum of 48 minutes. Click here for more info on Abhyanga

  • Gently exercise routine, no strenuous excessive exercise eg. soft yoga, walking, swimming (don’t get too cold- best during summer season)

  • Keeping warm, dressing appropriate for each season (keeping ears covered especially during windy and cold times)

  • Avoid hot showers and also saunas (need to keep your head cool)

  • Daily Nasiya - nasal drops with medicated oil or plain black sesame oil