It took me a while to really get a hold on what the Doshas do for you and what to do with them. The doshas are made up of the five elements, Ether, Air, Fire, Water and Earth. Together they make up the three doshas; Vata, Pitta,Kapha.
Okay cool, but why should you care about dosha?
When a dosha is balanced you are living in harmony with yourself, but more importantly when your dosha is out of balance disease can occur. Don’t fret, balancing your dosha can be as easy as changing your diet, adding in some simple daily routines and changing up your exercise regime.
One day at a time we will break down the doshas.
The Vata dosha is made up of the Ether and air elements. As this picture shows, there is a lot of the heads in the clouds action going on. This results in Vata’s spacey, light, ungrounded qualities. However the lightness of it also makes way for creativity, liveliness, and lots of movement. A Vata individual tends to be tall or short, and lanky. Vata’s actually tend to have a tough time gaining weight. I know that when I learned this I stopped sending out bad vibes to my Vata friends and started embracing my own body more. Nature makes the rules.
Common conditions that occur with Vata individuals are insomnia, constipation, anxiety, arthritis, weight loss and weakness. When they are balanced, they feel very flexible, energetic, and are often referred to as the life of the party.
To keep a Vata in balance so they can rock the room at the next get together, it’s vital to have a routine. Doing daily abhyanga oil is great to keep the body from getting dry and adding sesame oil on the feet at night makes a great impact on feeling grounded. Another tip is to get to bed by 10pm and wake before 6am. Vata’s can suffer from poor circulation, having cold feet and hands, so it is beneficial to bring in lots of warmth through nourishing baths and warm clothing.
Vata’s tend to skip meals, leaving them feeling dizzy. It is important to avoid this, by making sure you have three meals a day with snacks in between if hunger strikes. Sweet, sour, and salty foods work best for a Vata individual and it’s best to favor warm cooked meals. To help regulate Vata’s irregular digestion movements include ginger herbal tea into your daily routine.
The energy of Vatafluctuates throughout the day so including light exercises in small doses is a good idea. It’s best not to push too hard and stay more grounded in your workouts. Some great workouts are walking, light hiking, yoga, dancing, and Tai Chi.
Although floating around is a lot of fun getting grounded can be just exciting. Create a retreat like atmosphere in your home, favor warm pastel colors, include lavender candles, lots of cozy blankets, a good read or a favorite movie (I’ve been on an indie movie kick right now. My favorites are; Moonrise Kingdom, Peace, Love and Misunderstanding, Save the Date, and Liberal Arts.) What can I say after a month at home, I am an expert at making grounding fun. If you are a Vata fit these little tips into your daily life, so that you can be free of worry and full of life.