Ayurveda states that everyone is a unique combination of three biological energies vata, pitta, & kapha dosha. Their different proportion is what defines our body type or Prakriti.
However, the proportion of doshas remains almost the same right from our birth to our whole life. But, due to certain factors Tridoshas fluctuate constantly. As they move out of balance, they create illness.
As vata is the principal controller of all bodily functions, our body can’t afford to have an imbalanced vata and gets afflicted with grave diseases.
So, how to prevent such illnesses? How to know if your vata dosha is going out of control? What to do to keep your vata in check? Let’s find out the answers to these questions through Ayurveda.
When to think about balancing your vata?
Your body shows several signs to let you know that your vata has gone off the way. So, if you notice the following conditions in your body, then you need to balance your vata dosha.
- Rough skin, hair, cracked feet, chapped lips, brittle nails, dandruff
- Weight loss
- Restlessness, anxiety, worry, fear
- Racing thoughts & over-thinking
- Constipation, gas, & flatulence
- Sleeplessness or disturbed sleep
- Weakness & fatigue
- Headache, backache, stiffness in joints or generalized body ache
- Intolerance to cold & liking towards warmth & hot objects
Vata persons already have a poor resistance towards disease. If your vata is imbalanced for a long time, then you are more likely to get diseases like arthritis, hypertension, heart disease, mental disorders, nervous system disorders, skin disease, bone deformities, & many more.
So, it is better to incorporate the suggestions of Ayurveda to balance vata dosha in your daily life.
Tips for Balancing vata
To reduce the aggravated levels of vata dosha, various Ayurvedic lifestyle & Ayurvedic dietary measures are recommended. These Ayurvedic measures can certainly help you restore the balance of vata dosha.
- Maintaining a routine is the key to balance your vata. It means sleeping, eating, & working at a set time. A routine will help you regulate your always moving vata dosha, restlessness, and calms your racing mind
- You tend to burn out quickly, so avoid overexertion & give lots of rest to your body and mind. Early to bed & early to rise is the golden rule for you. To sleep well drink a warm glass of milk added with a half teaspoon of Shatavari powder before going to bed
- Eat a Vata balancing diet. Make a habit of eating all your meals at a fixed time. Do not skip meals to avoid unhealthy cravings and overeating. You should eat warm, nourishing, and greasy foods rather than cold, salty, dry, & raw food
- Eat small but heavy meals frequently & do not fast
- As you are more prone to constipation and flatulence, ensure you have regular & daily elimination of wastes. To facilitate your bowel movements you can take Triphala powder every morning on an empty stomach
- As you have dry skin, sesame oil is your best friend. It acts as a natural moisturizer & keeps your skin smooth. Massage your body daily from head to toe with sesame oil. Especially oil, your scalp, ears, nail beds, & feet a couple of hours before bath. If you can’t massage daily then at least do 2-3 times per week
- If you find sesame oil irritating, then you can massage with Brahmi oil, almond oil or jojoba oil
- For Nasya, put 3-5 drops of sesame oil or Anu oil in each nostril every morning and before going to bed
- Avoid staying out for long in cold & windy environment. Stay warm with proper layers of clothing and primarily protect your ears, neck & chest from cold
- Instead of stimulants like tea & coffee take herbal tea of basil, ginger, fennel or chamomile
- Minimize excessive traveling, walking, running, exercise, talking, & over-thinking. Indulge your energy in creative works and keep your mind calm & stable
Which exercises balance vata?
Vata persons should perform exercises that are calm and grounding rather than exhaustive & rigorous workouts. Go for a brisk walk for 20-30 minutes to calm your mind and relax your body.
There are many calming and warming yoga postures which are very helpful in balancing vata dosha. All poses that involve bending and which puts pressure on pelvis, lower back, & thighs are best.
Practice following yoga postures as per your body capacity,
- Uttana asana (standing forward bending)
- Paschimottana asana (seated forward bending)
- Bala asana (child pose)
- Sputa virasana (reclining hero pose)
- Tada asana (mountain pose)
Avoid exercising beyond your limits as it aggravates vata, thus deteriorating your condition. Do not overexert, and whenever you feel tired, take rest by performing Shavasana.
Practice Pranayama, meditation, & OM chanting to de-clutter the mind and establish a connection between body, mind, and spirit.
Can Panchakarma balance vata?
Along with daily lifestyle and diet, various Pancakarma procedures can balance vata efficiently. Basti, i.e., enema, is considered as the best Pancakarma process to pacify aggravated vata.
Enema of oil and drugs, which are greasy & hot, is preferred to balance vata.
Snehana (oleation therapy), Swedana (sudation therapy), abhyanga (oil massage), Seka (medicated water sprinkling) are performed before giving enemas. These help in the effective elimination of aggravated vata.
Also, for preventing the imbalance of vata, Ayurveda suggests adopting cleansing measures like Basti in the summer season. This will prevent diseases caused due to disturbed vata dosha.
An imbalanced vata dosha is capable of causing severe illnesses, which can leave you with a lot of pain and discomfort. Vata imbalance should be taken seriously, and essential measures should be taken before it is late.
To tackle the vata dosha, maintaining a routine is the most crucial step. Along with it, diet, herbs, yoga, Pancakarma can surely help us restore our Tridoshas. It is up to you to listen to your body and do everything you can to strike a balance between our three doshas.