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Vata Dosha

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Vata governs all movement in the mind and body. It controls the flow of blood. And the elimination of waste products. It is also the act of breathing and the movement of thoughts in the mind. It is consider as the leader of the three doshas. Pitta and Kapha cannot move or exist without it. Therefore it is imperative that Vata is brought back into balance, whenever it is disturbed.

Ayurveda Treatment

Symptoms of Vata Dosha

  • You feel cold easily or have poor circulation with cold hands and feet.
  • Your skin or hair is dry, rough and thin.
  • You are chronically underweight and find it difficult to gain weight.
  • Your mind is constantly anxious, restless and agitated.
  • You experience constipation or have frequent flatulence.
  • You suffer from insomnia or have unsettled sleep and disturbing dreams.
  • You suffer from vaginal dryness or menstrual cramps and PMT.
  • You have spells of forgetfulness and absent mindedness.
  • You experience discomfort or stiffness in the joints or lower back pain.
  • You easily become fatigued and have poor endurance.

Tips for healthy life with balancing Vata Dosha

• Go to bed early bedtime and have lots of rest.
• Diffuse calming and grounding aromatic oils or incense into your home and office. Orange, geranium, lavender, basil, spruce & fir are excellent in this regard.
• Maintain a regular daily routine by integrating the ‘Daily Routine’ (see later section).
• Give yourself an Abhyanga massage using warm sesame oil each morning.
• Ensure you have regular, daily elimination. Triphala herbal formula helps in this regard.
• Stay warm and especially in cold and windy weather.
• Take gentle walks in the countryside to calm and balance the mind.
• Wear calm and soothing colors such as pastels or green or brown.
• Do not overexert and rest whenever the body becomes tired or over stimulated
• Relax often by practicing meditation, pranayama, Yoga or Tai Chi.
• Chant ‘Ram’ (pronounced ‘rarm’) 108 times each day.
• Read light, humorous, feel-good novels and turn the television off one hour before bed.
• Take up walking, fishing, bird-watching or gardening for general relaxation.
• Take up writing, drawing, painting or acting to balance your creative energies.
• Avoid excessive talking and try to have a day of silence each week.
• Wrap up warm and keep dry in the winter – cover your head on cold, windy days.
• Avoid loud, noisy environments
• Rest for short periods throughout the day
• Avoid excessive use of VDU displays

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