Vata Dosha

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 Vata in Balance:
When Vatas are in balance, they are energetic, creative, lively and flexible. They are likely to take initiative and are animated conversationalists. Flowing with vitality, generosity, and joy, their enthusiasm is contagious and they tend to be the life of a party or the catalyst for a new creative idea. When in balance, Vatas have a strong ability to multi-task.

 

Vata out of Balance:
When Vata falls out of balance, it is evident through weight loss, cracking joints, arthritis, osteoporosis, muscle wasting, constipation, dry skin, low immunity, and irregular digestion. Excess Vata manifests as dry, brittle skin, lips, hair, and nails. They are more likely to show signs of anxiety, fear, nervousness, and restlessness. It is not uncommon for a Vata individual to suffer from insomnia when out of balance. A typical Vata response to stress or overwhelm is to blame and question themselves and to worry.

 

Balancing Vata:
If your Vata is out of balance due to excessive stress or overwhelm, your mind may feel disorganized and out of control. As your activity and movement speeds up you find yourself feeling less focused and more frazzled. You may start to notice some early symptoms of Vata imbalance such as insomnia, increased anxiety, unintended weight loss, and disturbed digestion. If you are experiencing any of these signs and symptoms of imbalanced Vata dosha, it’s time to slow down and work toward creating a more regular, nurturing routine and diet.

 

A basic principle of Ayurveda is “like increases like”. When the qualities of Vata (dry, light, cold, rough, subtle, irregular, and mobile) are increased, Vata naturally increases in your body. Consider that eating cold foods on a cold day and even feeling “cold” emotions will only serve to aggravate Vata whereas drinking warm beverages, dressing for warmth, and manifesting “warm” feelings will balance the dosha. It is therefore advisable for Vata-predominant individuals to adopt routines, environments, and diets that have opposite qualities (moist, grounding, warming, smooth, oily, and stabilizing) to keep Vata in check.