In the system of Ayurveda, there are three doshas or body types: Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Vata, the principle of movement, is aggravated by an erratic lifestyle. The more that Vata is out of balance, the more that an individual engages in irregular regimens. So, the cycle perpetuates itself. We must learn strategies for balancing Vata dosha.
Vata can cause pain, stiffness, insomnia, anxiety, fear, constipation, arthritis, and dizziness, to name a few ailments.
The individual with elevated levels of Vata would do best follow a regular routine. If Vata is imbalanced, it can “push” or provoke Pitta or Kapha, and cause them to become out of balance as well.
The best thing to do is to establish a daily routine. The Vata individual values his/ her freedom and doesn’t want to the same thing daily. Yet, they often find themselves unable to complete projects, make commitments on time, and maintain their health.
We all tend to prioritize other things in lives than our own health, at one time or another. Make a commitment for one week to get up and go to bed the same time each day. Eat your meals at the same time each day. Don’t eat on the run. Sit down and eat your food quietly. Eat warm, freshly prepared, well-cooked and flavorful foods. If it’s not possible to have a warm meal, carry some soup with you in a thermos. Don’t eat while driving or talking on the phone or watching tv.
Keep warm and dress properly. Make sure the head and neck are not exposed to cold. Cold will aggravate vata. Don’t have cold or chilled drinks. Let go of the ice habit.
Exercise but don’t over exert yourself. Have some spiritual practice, i.e. chanting, meditation, reading a sacred text and commit to it daily. This disciplined life may seem very unnatural but being irregularly regular could regulate your life a whole lot more.
So try balancing vata dosha and see and see how your body feels.