BALANCING VATA Working with the elements of Air and Space 

 
 
Vata energy is cold, light, dry, rough, pervasive/subtle, mobile, and clear. Vata regulates the principle of movement. 
Vata 
Vata meaning ‘what moves’ in Sanskrit is the energy of movement. 
Vata is the energy of vibrancy, dynamism and movement. Vata individuals are creative, airy and agile. They can jump from one thought to another in no time and this can also be the reason why they can be so indecisive. They can absorb things easily and are often seen as upbeat and happy-go-lucky when in a state of balance, but their mind is constantly busy as their thoughts travel from one place to another. The air and space elements give them a thin and light frame and these individuals are generally always active. 
 
Signs and Symptoms of Vata imbalance include: 
• Anxiety 
• Twitches, tremors, spasms or tics 
• Dry or chapped skin 
• Constipation 
• Low body weight 
• Restlessness 
• Light interrupted sleep 
To pacify Vata Ayurveda recommends strategies for self care through: 
Routine – Having a daily routine with common times for eating and sleeping 
Warmth – Including warming herbs and spices in our diet and massage and trying to stay physically warm, whatever the weather! 
Serenity – Starting or maintaining a peaceful relaxation routine such as gentle yoga or meditation 
Nourishment – Spending time to nurture yourself with warming foods at regular meal times 
Your results might show a balance between Vata and Pitta or Vata and Kapha. This means that your energy type is dual dosha and will show a blend of these two constitutions. Here we can take a seasonal approach to creating balance. 
 
Vata-Pitta 
Vata meaning ‘what moves’ in Sanskrit is the energy of movement. 
Pitta meaning ‘what cooks’ in Sanskrit is transformational energy 
 
For you, being focused and ‘on task’ comes naturally. You will stop at nothing to complete a project or goal, and will often feel frustrated with others who are less focused, and who are slower then you. Even though ‘you know best’ - try and develop compassion for those who are not as quick thinking as you. 
You have good muscle tone and generally rely upon your body to get you through life’s stress. Your immense drive however, will push you ahead when perhaps you should be slowing down. If you do not listen to your body, it may force you to – when it breaks down. 
 
Signs and Symptoms of Vata- Pitta Imbalance include: 
• Anxiety 
• Dry or chapped skin 
• Constipation or loose stools 
• Restlessness 
• Light interrupted sleep 
• Inflammation in the body, skin or joints 
• Acid reflux, gastric or peptic ulcers, heartburn 
• Frustration, anger, irritability 
It is usually best to manage a dual dosha according to the season. In general, as a Vata-Pitta, follow a Pitta balancing routine during the late spring and summer seasons especially when the weather is hot. Follow a Vata balancing routine during the cooler times of year like autumn, winter and early spring and especially when the weather is cool and damp. 
 
To pacify Vata, Ayurveda recommends strategies for self care through: 
Routine – Having a daily routine with common times for eating and sleeping 
Warmth – Including warming herbs and spices in our diet and massage and trying to stay physically warm, whatever the weather! 
Serenity – Starting or maintaining a peaceful relaxation routine such as gentle yoga or meditation 
Nourishment – Spending time to nurture yourself with warming foods at regular meal times 
 
To pacify Pitta, Ayurveda recommends strategies for self care through: 
Cooling – including cool foods into the diet and taking time out to relax, not just work 
Surrendering – Often easier said than done but much can be gained by learning to let go and to give yourself permission to relax 
Moderation – in all areas of life, try to step back from perfectionism and instead take the moderate path 
Vata-Kapha 
Vata meaning ‘what moves’ in Sanskrit is the energy of movement. 
Kapha meaning ‘to embrace’ in Sanskrit is binding energy. 
Vata-Kapha people are inclined to have predominately Kapha physical properties with Vata psychological attributes. This gives high levels of eagerness, originality and compassion. They are generally understanding, sympathetic, quiet and calm and as well as creative. These types can find it difficult to easily go out of their comfort zone and expand understanding and experience. 
They can also have a tendency to be stubborn, much to the frustration of their loved ones. However, as people tend to rely upon them to make a decision, their stubbornness is often considered a good trait. They have a deep and unconditional love for their friends and family – who often turn to them for help. 
 
Signs and Symptoms of Vata-Kapha Imbalance include: 
• Excess mucus/phlegm 
• Oily skin and hair 
• Nausea or discomfort upon missing meals 
• Prone to respiratory infections and skin infections 
• High body weight 
• Impatience, criticism, intolerance 
• Loose stools or sluggish digestion 
It is usually best to manage a dual dosha according to the season. In general, as a Vata-Kapha, follow a Vata pacifying routine during the and summer and autumn. Follow a Kapha pacifying routine during the cooler times of year like winter and early spring and especially when the weather is cool and damp. 
 
To pacify Vata Ayurveda recommends strategies for self care through: 
Routine – Having a daily routine with common times for eating and sleeping 
Warmth – Including warming herbs and spices in our diet and massage and trying to stay physically warm, whatever the weather! 
Serenity – Starting or maintaining a peaceful relaxation routine such as gentle yoga or meditation 
Nourishment – Spending time to nurture yourself with warming foods at regular meal times 
 
To pacify Kapha, Ayurveda recommends strategies for self care through: 
Stimulation- keeping the mind alive and interested is always a great way to wake up Kapha 
Exercise- regular vigorous exercise 
Lightening- lighter meals that are easy to digest, you can even bring more light into your home by clearing way clutter 
Warming- Eating three warm meals a day, utilising warming herbs and spices and massage using warmed oils are all beneficial to Kapha 
Drying- Kaphas are particularly sensitive to cold, damp conditions and benefit from heat. Use dry heat if you are congested—a common Kapha complaint. 
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