As we get older, more of Vata’s physical ailments present themselves too. Our fertility decreases. We may begin to have digestive problems, and our hearing may get a little worse. All these things are the effects of more Vata present in our system. This is the time for us to adapt our diet and exercise programs to include more Vata foods and activities.
Vata is made up of a combination of Air and Space. See blow for further information on Air and Space!
When in Balance You Are: Enthusiastic, Alert, Flexible, Creative, Talkative, Responsive
When Out of Balance You Are: Restless, Fatigued, Constipated, Anxious, Underweight
Dreams: Flying, falling - When you have trouble falling asleep, that is typically because of too much Vata.
Particularly Sensitive To: Music, sounds, touch
Money Spending Tendencies: Usually spends too much money, often on unnecessary things
Vatas love to shop, and are often impulsive with their spending. They are likely to have things in their closets that they have never worn. One strategy for Vatas would be to have money automatically deposited from their paychecks into a savings account.
Aggravated by Avoid: Wind, Caffeine, Traveling, Irregular Routine, Irregular meals, Cold, dry weather, Excessive mental work
Learns Best By: Listening
Memory: Learns quickly, forgets quickly
Headaches: A Vata headache is extremely painful, and anxiety and/or depression are usually present. To treat this headache, try taking some Triphala, drinking Vata tea, and resting. "Click here for more information"
These are the subtle qualities of Vata
Prana. Prana is seated in the brain. It is the primary aspect of Vata from which the other four are derived. The word prana loosely translated from Sanskrit means to “breathe forth.” Prana governs swallowing and inhalation, and regulates the senses, mental process, heart and consciousness. -Upward Moving.
Udana is seated in the throat and is active in the chest. It governs speech and exhalation. It helps us to expand our consciousness and to relax. -Equalizing.
Samana is seated in the small intestine. It governs digestion, assimilation, and biochemical processes. -Pervasive. Vyana is seated in the heart region. It governs circulation and movement. -Downward moving.
Apana is seated in the colon. It governs elimination, menstruation, childbirth, and expulsion of reproductive fluids.
Calendar for Vata
From 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm is Vata time, when you are most alert and creative. A light dinner should be eaten before 6:00 pm if possible, to take advantage of this energy. The cycle repeats again in the evening hours. Vata time occurs again at 2:00 am to 6:00 am Vata creativity is expressed as active dreams. At this time, brain impulses are at their most active for the night. Every person is born with a unique balance of each of the three doshas. Generally one or two of the doshas will dominate, and this will determine the Ayurvedic routine for your mind/body type. Remember that we each have Vata, Pitta, and Kapha in our constitution, but in a different proportion. Here are some examples of things you can avoid to help keep your dosha in balance:
Ayurveda: The Science Of Life and the 5 Elements
Fire (Agni)-Agni transforms and metamorphoses everything in the universe. Agni is present in each and every particle and each and every cell of our body. The same agni is present in each and every particle of the cosmos and manifests in different forms such as the luminosity of the stars, the electricity in the clouds, or the fire from wood. Heat, burning and transformation are the main attributes of Agni. In our body Agni gives heat and radiance, by burning the food consumed and transforming the ‘food juice’ formed from of the process of digestion into the subtle elements essential for the nourishment and growth of various tissues of our body. At the mental level, Agni transforms the stimuli received from the senses into knowledge and thoughts.
Air (Vayu)-We have air all around us. Though we cannot see it, it can be perceived by the feeling of touch and when the wind blows against the skin. And we can see the effects of air through the motion of trees, fans, and windmills. Motion, movement and speed are means by which we recognize Vayu. Akash or space is the seat of Vayu. Vayu is responsible for all movements in the cosmos. It might not be the air that flows in the earth’s atmosphere, but air itself can take various forms to control the movements in the cosmos as a whole. Due to Vayu there is vibration in the cosmos and in the body the same vibration at a micro level is responsible for the sustenance of life. In our body it controls 38 all the movement at a physical level (circulation of blood, expansion and contraction of the chest etc.), and also at the neuro-psychic level (the thought process, travelling of nerve impulses etc.). All creativity, from sprouting of a seed to growth of a fetus to regeneration of cells to creative ideas –all are possible only through Vayu.
Space (Akash)-Akash is the first element in the process of evolution as it has been depicted as an all-pervading, omnipresent element covering the entire cosmos. It has the maximum expanse. Non-resistance is its specific attribute. When we hit a solid substance we feel resistance, but when we move our hand in space we do not feel any resistance. Whatever be the expanse of an object, it will be its Akash. Whatever be the space occupied by a person, building, country etc will be their respective Akash. Whatever is the limit of a person or an object, is also the limit of the respective Akash. In the human body the akash is represented by all the pervading spaces like
• The numerous pores of the skin
• Space inside the body
• Alveolar and bronchiolar spaces
• Chambers of the heart
• Alimentary canal
• Blood vessels etc.
Earth (Prithvi): The most important inherent property of the Earth element is to give substance. Like we described in the case of water, the earth we inhabit does not represent the Earth element. In the cosmos the earth element is responsible for giving matter the ability to be perceived, to exist, to be still in the dimensions of time and space. When this matter comes under gravitational force, it results in weight. So in our body all that is substantive, heavy, stable and still is represented primarily by the earth element – for example, our bones. Due to its inherent properties the Earth element in our body gives anchorage or ‘holding capacity.’
Water (Jal)-The water element has the inherent property of cohesion. The water we see is composed of all five elements with dominance of Water element. In the cosmos the Water element is responsible for balancing the Fire element. So much so that the universe is visualised as a combination of Agni (fire) and Soma (Water). Fluidity, cohesiveness and cold are the hallmark of the Water element. As in the cosmos, the water element balances the Agni in our body. It is responsible for maintaining the fluidity of various important body components and for holding together various tissues in our body. At the mental level it is responsible for the feelings of love and affection which holds the family together.
Foods for Vata
A Vata breakfast might be oatmeal, rather than cold cereal, sweetened with some brown sugar and soy milk. Many Vatas are lactose-intolerant, so soy milk (or rice milk or almond milk) is a good alternative. Caffeine is particularly aggravating to Vata. So, instead of regular coffee, serve up some herb tea or decaffeinated coffee. Coffee substitutes are often better than coffee because of coffee’s acid content, which may disturb Vata’s digestion. Because Vatas have such a dilemma with their diets, and because they are such creative people, many Vatas love to cook their own meals. The only problem is that sometimes they’ll taste their way through the recipe so much that they’re not hungry once the meal is prepared!
The basic rules for the Vata diet:
• Food should be warm, and cooked, rather than raw.
• Favor tastes that are sweet, sour and salty.
• Avoid eating cold, dry foods, like chips or crackers. Try adding a warm dipping sauce to accompany these foods.
• Avoid caffeine. Caffeine aggravates Vata and causes imbalance.
To keep in Balance, Flavor: Sweet, Sour, Salty, Warm foods
Here are some examples of specific foods in those taste categories that are balancing for each dosha
Sweet: sugar, honey, rice, milk, butter, bread
Sour: lemon, cheese, yogurt, tomato, grapes, plums, vinegar
Avoid DAIRY products combined with:
-meat, including fish
Avoid EGGS combined with:
-dairy (milk, cheese, yogurt) -meat, including fish
Avoid CORN combined with:
Avoid LEMON combined with:
Avoid NIGHTSHADES (tomato, potato, eggplant, chilies) combined with:
Exercise For Your Dosha
Be it physical activity or a mental exercise, Vata personalities are always on the go. Vatas love being active and thus enjoy exercise. The other feature of a Vata personality is change. So Vata personalities cannot stick to the same exercise routine. They want change in the same activity or to change the activity all together. Third Vata have a low endurance level and hence exercises that require lot of strength and perseverance are not for Vata, instead an exercise with quick bursts of activity followed by a rest period or slower pace of activity is ideally suited for Vata. All these guidelines are for normal Prakrit state of Vata Peronality, what if Vata is aggravated in a Vata personality? In an aggravated state, Vata personalities will show lot of irritability, aches and pains, insomnia and anxiety.
Then a calming exercise is advised to sooth the sore muscles and calm the nerves. For a routine (Normal Prakrit state) Vata can pick any of the following activities:
▪ Slow jogging
▪ Tai chi
▪ Belly dancing
▪ Horse riding
▪ Slow cycling
For calming the Vata in the aggravated state:
▪ Tai chi
▪ Horse riding
▪ Slow jogging or walking
▪ Sailing Activities
unsuitable for Vata personalities in all states:
▪ High intensity aerobics
▪ High endurance (heart-lung endurance as well as stamina) sports like power lifting, foot ball, basket ball, hockey, football, rowing, power yoga etc.
Yoga For Your Dosha
Sun Salutation 4-10 times
Mountain pose Power
Modified inversion pose
variations of back stretches
Head to knee pose
Basic hero pose
Sitting chair twists
Corpse pose for 10 – 20 minutes.
• Find a flat, open space, where you are free to move around without bumping into anything.
• Set aside at least 30 minutes, and preferably an hour, to devote to this practice and nothing else. Turn off the phones.
• Don’t practice on a full stomach. Allow time to digest before exercising. If you are pregnant, or have back problems, consult your doctor before starting any new exercise program.
• Wear loose, comfortable clothing, and be bare feet.
• Don’t overdo it. Rest when you feel tired. Your stamina will increase over time with regular practice.
• Breathe through your nose. Your breaths should be long and deep. Breathe with your diaphragm. Relax your chest and allow your breath to feel as if it is coming from your belly.
• Start out slowly, allow your body to warm-up.
• Have fun. Laugh. Enjoy being together. Don’t take yourself too seriously. • Cool down gently, allow your body time to rest and restore itself after you are done.
Ayurveda Thai Yoga Massage
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Oil Based Massage
massage offers many benefits. If done in the morning, it helps you to start your day off relaxed, which is essential in maintaining balance. When done at night, it promotes a restful night’s sleep. It doesn’t matter when you choose to do the massage, but you will receive the optimum benefits if you do it every day.
Since the quality of Vata is dry and cold, a warm and oily massage provides an ideal balance 105 for Vata types, though all types will notice increased health and vitality, especially during Vata season. The massage soothes the nervous system and the endocrine system, since skin produces endocrine hormones. It rejuvenates the skin, promoting a youthful appearance. It also eliminates toxins and tones the muscles. Sesame oil is generally recommended for Ayurvedic massage because it helps to balance all three of the doshas. But feel free to choose one of the oils that are specific to your dosha. Sesame is great for Vata. Coconut or sunflower both work well for Pitta. Corn or olive oils are beneficial for balancing Kapha. You can also add herbs or fragrances to the oils to personalize them for your needs. The entire massage requires only about 2 ounces of oil per person each time. If you are so inclined, this is a massage that you and your partner can do together.
Before you begin, warm the oil to skin temperature. The easiest way to do this is to keep a small plastic squeeze bottle filled with oil, and set the bottle in a bowl or cup of very hot water. Wait a few minutes for the oil to reach skin temperature. While the oil warms, lay out a towel to protect the carpet or floor from any oil that may spill. When you are ready, start the massage at your head. Drizzle a small amount of oil onto your scalp and massage it in with the palms of your hands. Use a clockwise, circular motion. Then gently massage your face and ears. If you have oily skin, avoid those areas that are prone to breakouts. Massaging the ears is excellent for balancing Vata. Drizzle some oil in your palms and massage your neck, then move to your shoulders. Use a circular motion on your joints shoulders, elbows, knees-and long up-and-down strokes on your limbs. 106 Be gentle on your torso. Use large, clockwise motions to massage the chest and stomach area. Reach around to massage your back as best you can without straining. Then massage the legs, ankles, and knees. Using the palm of your hands, vigorously massage the feet. It is best to leave the oil on the body for 20 minutes before washing it off in a warm, not hot, shower or bath. You can use this time to meditate or do your yoga exercises. If you don’t have time to wait, that’s fine. It’s much better to do a quick massage than none at all.