Why you need to keep your Vata dosha balanced
With the uncertainties brought about by the pandemic and the post lockdown lifestyle, do you find yourself struggling with fear, loneliness, or anxiousness? Do you notice a change in your sleep schedule? Be it waking up around 1:30-2:00 a.m. to experiencing extreme insomnia.
How Vata imbalance might show up
What about your appetite? Do you feel hungry at the same time every day? Or are there days where you can eat six meals and days when you can go without food for 24 hours and not realize it? What about your hands and feet? Are they colder than the rest of your body?
What does your digestion look like?
Ayurveda reminds us that it isn’t what we eat but what we digest that matters most. Let’s talk about what makes most adults uncomfortable but Ayurveda pays a lot of attention to—bowel movement. In this past month, have you noticed a change in your digestion? Are you feeling constipated, bloated, or gassy more than usual?
What if I told you that Ayurveda has an explanation for the digestive issues and sleep irregularity and the restlessness in your mind and body and cracking of the joints and other symptoms? You get the picture! These are all expressions of Vata excess or Vata-imbalance. We will get to this in a little bit.
Simple tips to keep your vata dosha in balance
- Stick to a regular routine. Wake up and go to bed at a fixed time.
- Don’t skip meals. Eat on time. Ayurveda recommends eating three balanced meals to pacify vata.
- Eat warm, cooked foods, which means no raw salads.
- Excessive exercise can exacerbate vata, so don’t push it during this season and opt for gentler workouts.
- Meditation is instrumental in pacifying vata since it calls for a withdrawal of the senses — or a removal of external distractions.
- Vata runs dry, so remember to hydrate your system with water and warm, herbal teas.
- Self-massage or abhyanga with warm oil like sesame oil nourishes and hydrates the body.
- Don’t add too much to your plate, to the point that you feel overwhelmed.
- Listen to your body; it holds infinite wisdom.
Ayurveda revitalizes you
By being mindful of what we eat, the way we live, what we consume, how we are with others, and the way we handle stress, we can maintain and promote well-being. Instead of constantly chasing the next thing on our list and working tirelessly at odd hours, this ancient healing science reminds us to turn inward, pause, rest, replenish, and connect with ourselves. When we do that, our nervous system relaxes.
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