vata

Vata bio-energy

Constituent Elements: Air & Ether

In Sanskrit, Vata refers to Air. In Ayurveda, it indicates mobility and dynamic nature. All movements in our body are attributed to Vata bio-energy. For example: blood circulation, respiration, heartbeat, movement of eyelids, jaw, muscle, joints, gallbladder, urinary bladder and so on. Out of the 3 bio-energies, Vata is is the only one that is dynamic and flows through our entire body. It is concentrated in the pelvic region.

Vata Personality Traits

If Vata is your dominant energy, you are full of ideas and your creativity knows no bounds. You like engaging in conversations and those around you love your energy and enthusiasm. Vata bio-energy constitutes air and ether elements. Air is light, dry, mobile, irregular, quick, & changeable. Being a dominant Vata personality, you exhibit air like qualities. You are lightweight, have dry skin and hair, thin bone density, usually flexible body, and move and speak fast. You are a quick learner and love being outdoors.

Your Strengths: Active, Alert, Energetic, Enthusiastic, Creative, Adaptable, Takes initiative

When Vata is aggravated, you experience fatigue, stress, anxiety, and fear. Your mind starts racing and you may also have trouble concentrating. Unbalanced Vata can cause you to skip meals, experience constipation or even unintended weight-loss. Other symptoms include muscle cramps, hyper-pigmentation, acute pain in lumbar, pelvic region, liver, spleen, abdomen, testicles etc. If unaddressed, aggravated Vata can eventually manifest into developmental and neurological diseases such as dementia, arthritis, and other movement and speech disorders.

Your Weakness: Overactive mind, Anxiety, Overwhelmed, Insomnia, Poor digestion, Constipation

Vata aggravating activities:

When Vata element becomes in excess , it is referred to as Vata aggravation or imbalance. Following lifestyle can cause Vata aggravation:

  • Irregular meal times or excessive fasting

  • Excessive consumption of lentils, cereals and salads

  • Living in a country with colder climate or prolonged exposure to colder temperatures such as air-conditioned room

  • Excessive sexual intercourse

  • Excessive travelling

  • Overconsumption of carbonated drinks

  • High intensity workouts such as heavy lifting

  • Excessive alcohol over a prolonged period of time

  • Smoking tobacco 

 

Ayurveda guidelines to keep Vata in balance: 

You possess air like qualities that translate to light, dry, rough, clear, active, cold, mobile, and pungent, bitter and astringent in taste. Above mentioned habits add to the existing Vata and further increase its proportion, causing Vata aggravation. However, making food and lifestyle choices that have the opposite effect such as heavy, moist, smooth, sticky, slow, warm, stable, and salty, sour and sweet in taste counters the imbalance and brings Vata proportion back to normal and maintain a balanced equilibrium between Vata, Pitta & Kapha.

Your health mantra: “Feed your creativity but stay stress free”

Suggested Ayurveda lifestyle for individuals with dominant Vata:

  • To regulate your body temperature, take hot showers frequently and hug and touch your loved ones throughout the day.

  • Massage yourself with warm oil that is heavy in nature such as almond or sesame oil. 

  • Listen to soothing and calm music. 

  • Favour warm colors such as pastel shades. 

  • Avoid working in an air-conditioned room for too long. 

  • If you live in a cold climate, drink ginger tea throughout the day and wear enough layers to keep yourself warm.

  • Eat meals on time, don’t change meal timings. 

  • Eat large portions of food when hungry but don’t overeat.

Suggested physical and mental activities:

  • Stick to light exercises that don't drain all your energy. For example: biking, walking, dancing, golf, aerobics, restorative yoga, tai-chi, resistance band training etc. 

  • Mantra meditation and Nadi shodhna (channel-cleaning) breathing techniques are proven methods to promote a calm mind. 


 

Nutritional guidelines for Vata: 

  • Cooked vegetables and hearty soups and stews are excellent food choices. 

  • Consume healthy oils such as olive oil and ghee to aid digestion. 

  • Consume fruits that are sweet and heavy such as: banana, avocado, plum, mango, pineapple, berry, peaches etc.

  • Avoid fruits that have air elements i.e. fruits that are dry and light such as apples, cranberries or pear. One way around is to sautee them before consuming because cooking decreases air element. 

  • Use low-fat milk and have it warm. 

  • Avoid fasting

  • Minimize consumption of beans, sweet products, and raw food. 

  • Avoid smoking tobacco, and consuming alcoholic drinks, and drugs. 


 

Disclaimer: The information on this page is intended for your educational use only. Many other variables that are considered before prescribing a specific Ayurveda remedy. A detailed prakriti and pathological analysis with a qualified Ayurveda physician is necessary before taking up an Ayurveda lifestyle, medication or program.

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