Vata Dosha: Let Meditation Still Your Thoughts
Updated: Jun 18
Ayurveda is truly for everyone, many of its practices are used in our everyday lives. If you’ve been around the day spa, you’ve probably heard me use the term Ayurveda or Dosha.
Ayurveda is one of the oldest practices or healing systems that combines mind, body, and spirit and is based on ancient wisdom that focuses on healing the whole body. Ayurveda is based out of India and uses formulas including diet, herbs, meditation, and yoga. A common belief is that wellness stems from healthy living.
ENERGY HELPS THE BODY FUNCTION PROPERLY
Those who practice Ayurveda, believe that energy is a requirement in our bodies to help the body function more smoothly. There are three types of energies that surround us and the term “Dosha” is used to describe the energies. A Dosha describes basically describes the way we think, eat, sleep, and function.
Everyone has all three, but one is usually dominant primary, and secondary and then there’s usually one that’s least dominant. The three Doshas are:
Vata – Energy of movement that enables fluids and nutrients get to our cells
Pitta – Energy of digestion allows us to metabolize the nutrients in our cells
Kapha – Energy of lubrication – it maintains the structure of the cells in our bodies.
In Ayurveda, disease is the result of too much deficiency of your primary dosha. Mind, body, and consciousness work together to cultivate balance and in our bodies. And there are ways to bring all three dosha’s to work together to bring us into balance.
Vata consists of space and air and governs breathing, blinking, and muscle movement. When in balance Vata creates creativity and flexibility, when out of balance Vata produces fear and anxiety in us.
Vata is considered the leader of the three energies because Pitta and Kapha cannot move without it. You see, Vata controls blood flow, elimination, breathing and thoughts in the mind.
If you answer yes to more than one of these questions, your Vata energy may be out of balance:
Is your skin dry, rough, or thin?
Are you constantly constipated?
Do you experience discomfort in joints
Do you worry incessantly?
Do you suffer from insomnia?
TO BALANCE VATA
Eat foods that are warm, oily, and heavy and prefer sweet, sour, and salty tastes.
Reduce light, dry, cold foods and pungent, bitter and astringent tastes.
VATA & MEDITATION
Since Vata is an air, space energy, people often have challenges concentrating. With that in mind, meditation is a great tool for those whose primary Dosha is Vata. Meditation helps us calm our minds, focus our attention, and settle our thoughts. There are several methods to meditation and one that seems to work well for Vata is repeating a mantra. Chants and mantras help Vata vibrate more with the earth and water energies, therefore helping Vata come into balance.
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