Sleep — Supple Skin — Proper Elimination
Vata governs all movement in the mind and body. It controls blood flow, elimination of wastes, breathing and the movement of thoughts across the mind. Since Pitta and Kapha cannot move without it, Vata is considered the leader of the three Ayurvedic Principles in the body. It’s very important to keep Vata in good balance.
Prana Vata (Heart and Breathing)
The senses, creative thinking, reasoning, enthusiasm, leader of all 15 categories of Vata, Pitta and Kapha
Udana Vata ( Nervous system oriented)
Quality of voice, memory, movements of thought
Samana Vata ( Responsible for balancing body. Located in diaphragm or “solar plexus”)
Movement of food through digestive tract
Apana Vata (Deals with lower part of the body)
Elimination of wastes, sexual function, menstrual cycle
Vyana Vata ( Responsible for circulation)
Blood flow, heart rhythm, perspiration, sense of touch
Do I need to balance Vata?
I often feel restless, unsettled
My sleep comes slowly or is easily interrupted
I tend to have dry skin
I am easily fatigued
I tend to be constipated
I feel anxious, and worry too much
If you have two or more of the above symptoms you may need to balance your Vata.
Vata out of Balance
Worries, overactive mind, sleep problems, difficulty breathing
Dry coughs, sore throats, earaches, general fatigue
Slow or rapid digestion, gas, intestinal cramps, poor assimilation, weak tissues
Intestinal cramps, menstrual problems, lower back pain, irregularity, diarrhea, constipation, gas
Dry or rough skin, nervousness, shakiness, poor blood flow, stress-related problems
How to Balance Vata
Drink Vata Tea and season meals with Vata Churna
Abhyanga (daily ayurvedic massage with sesame oil)
Warm, cooked foods (less raw foods)
Early bedtime, lots of rest
Favor warm, oily, heavy, sweet, sour, and salty tastes
Reduce light, dry, cold, pungent, bitter and astringent foods
Regular daily routine
Regular, daily elimination
Stay warm in cold, windy weather
For Pitta Dosha click HERE.
For Kapha Dosha click HERE.