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Balancing Act

MANAGING VATA


Vata is one of three doshas.

Ayurveda

The nature of Vata is movement of things including our bodily fluids, our mental energy and specifically our prana or breath. The adaptability of our mental and physical state is influenced by Vata. Vata can be characterized by its qualities which are cold, light, dry, rough to name a few.


Vata can become imbalanced and as a result create an unsettled feeling in the body and/or

the mind. So if you have noticed that every Fall you seem to feel a little scattered or restless you are not alone and in fact you are experiencing this in alignment with what is happening in nature. Autumn is the Vata time of year. Take note of the extra windy days, the leaves floating away from their trees, the waves in the lake stirring up the sediment below. Vata is movement and the movement is generated by the elements of vata which are air and ether. Water does not move without vata. Water in fact is still.


Within ourselves there are noticeable effects of Vata imbalance (excess). In some cases the Vata imbalance can be observed by noticeable changes in the body such as dry skin, a tightness in the chest that could provoke asthmatic experiences. Restless legs are another symptomatic example of a Vata imbalance. In the mind a Vata imbalance is noticeable when feelings of worry, fearfulness and scattered thoughts are experienced. In general the experience of excess or imbalanced Vata is observed when the body and/or the mind is unable to slow itself naturally. Achieving a balance is the goal but is best approached with a very simple strategy. One step at a time.


Balancing Vata is most successful when applying simple techniques that are appropriate for

an individual. When Vata is balanced expressions of creativity, alertness, flexibility and calm motivation are experienced mentally, physically, emotionally.


First, let’s take note of what aggravates Vata or creates the excess that leads to expressions already mentioned. Vata is aggravated by cold, dry weather, cold raw foods, travelling and lack of routine, stress, instability, snacking without having seated meals. Any of these resonate with you? Good news, there is lots you can do!