Vata is the most important of the three doshas. If left unbalanced, it causes pitta and kapha to become imbalanced.
How Can I Balance Vata?
- Start your day with 1-2 capsules of Ashwagandha and Turmeric Plus. Children over 4 take 1 of each. Watch the video: lifespa.com/herbs.
- Follow a regular rhythm of sleep, exercise, mealtimes and rest.
- Take 3-5000 IU of Vitamin D3 daily. Use our home test kit to test levels before use.
- 80% of the body’s immunity is in the digestion. Take our Digestive Health Quiz to boost immunity: lifespa.com/digestivequiz.
- Sleep with a humidifier to keep your sinuses clear.
What are Daily Routines (Dinacharya) for Vata?
- Self-massage with warm Tri-Doshic Massage Oil or Lymphatic Massage Oil. >>>Learn how to do daily self-massage to balance your nervous system and detox your lymphatic system.
- Practice my One-Minute Meditation up to ten times per day to help cope with stress, anxiety, and depression.
- Lubricate and protect dry sinuses by performing Neti (gentle saline irrigation), followed by Nasya (oil): lifespa.com/neti
- Massage ears with Lymphatic Massage Oil.
- At the end of winter, follow one of our at-home cleanses to ensure a healthy spring: lifespa.com/cleansing.
What are Signs of Excess Vata?
- Sleep or mood imbalances, occasional constipation, mild achiness.
- If you experience some of these signs, schedule an Ayurvedic consult and follow the above tips.
Winter / Vata Grocery List
Vata is the main driver or mover of the body, providing the following functions:
- All eliminations: fetus, semen, feces, urine, and sweat.
- Assists with metabolisms in the body (Agni), transformation of tissues.
- Controls movement in body (mental and physical) such as respiration, heartbeat, motivation, contraction of muscles, and natural urges.
- Relays all sensory input to the brain, motor functions.
- Governs nervous system.
Vata Body Type Characteristics
- Small frame, light and thin / hard to gain weight.
- Course, dry, kinky or curly hair.
- Dry, rough, darker skin.
- Small eyes, whites of eyes are blue or brown.
- Very large / small teeth, crooked or shaded.
- Performs activity quickly, can’t stay idle, quick walking pace.
- Low strength and endurance.
- Quick minded, restless, learns fast / forgets fast, high pitch / fast voice.
- Moods change quickly, tendency to worry, easily excitable, easily stressed.
- Irregular hunger / digestion, tendency towards constipation.
- Aversion to cold weather.
- Prefers warm food / drink and eats quickly.
- Spends money quickly / doesn’t save.
- Variable, irregular sex drive.
- Light interrupted sleep, dreams are fearful, flying, jumping and running.
Vata: Cold, Dry, Light
- Elements: Air and Ether
- Season: Fall/Winter
- Times of Day: 2am – 6am and 2pm – 6pm
- Taste/Qualities (+): Pungent, Bitter, Astringent/Light, Cold, Dry These are the qualities of Vata. To decrease Vata, use LESS of these qualities in food, beverage and environment. For instance, eating salad (light, cold) will increase Vata.
- Taste/Qualities (-): Sweet, Sour, Salty / Heavy, Oily, Hot To increase and balance excess Vata, use more of these qualities in food, beverage and environment, such as savory squash soup and hot herbal tea.
- Best Oils: Sesame, Almond, Apricot
Want to know your Ayurvedic body type? Take our Dosha Quiz!