When in balance they follow their intuition, are deeply connected to nature, and full of compassion, laughter, and love. On the other hand, though, they can be quite nervous, anxious and overly sensitive when out of balance. Learn more about this dosha and how to keep it balanced.
Vata types are usually thin and have great flexibility. Their energy levels are wave-like: high energy periods are often followed by times with lower power and fatigue. Typically, their skin and hair are dry, their hands and feet cold. Vatas have light sleep and sensitive digestion, which can also be challenging when imbalanced. Other signs of Vata disturbances are restlessness, weakness, arthritis, hypertension, constipation and weight loss.
Vatas are adventurous, they love to experience new things. They are getting angry quickly but also show a big heart when it comes to forgiveness. Are Vatas balanced, they are flexible, creative and energetic. They enjoy taking the lead and having conversations. When unbalanced, often anxiety takes over, and they can suffer from insomnia. If things go wrong, they are likely to blame it on themselves.
Foods that are balancing Vata are everything that is oily, warm or heavy, as they respond to the cold, light, dry and irregular Vata. Tastes that support a balanced Vata diet are sweet, salty and sour. In practice, this means the following:
• Try to eat grounding vegetables like pumpkin, potatoes, carrots or beets
• Try to eat regularly and don’t skip meals.
• When it comes to fruits, choose sweet and heavy ones like bananas, mangoes, avocados, berries, figs, coconut, plums, oranges, lemons, pineapples. rhubarb, dates, nectarines, papayas, kiwi, nectarines and dried fruit.
• Vata loves fruit and veggies, preferably lightly cooked.
• Dairy products have a calming effect on Vata, especially when consumed warm. So heat the milk before you drink it.
• While beans and cabbage should be consumed less, a great dish for Vata is mung bean dahl.
• When it comes to grains, Vata loves rice and wheat. Rye, corn, millet and barley are not recommended.
• Up to three teaspoons ghee or extra virgin olive oil help your body to reduce dryness.
• Cardamom, fennel, oregano, black pepper, thyme, cilantro, basil, asafetida, cinnamon, ginger, salt, cloves, mustard seed, and cumin are good spices for Vata.
• And all sorts of nuts are great for Vata.
• Practice a routine and focus on warmth, consistency and stability in your life decisions. That helps to keep Vatas grounded.
• Make sure you wear a hat and scarf when the weather is cold, as well as appropriate clothing.
• Dance, short hikes, Yoga, Walking and Qi Gong are great to balance your Vata. Avoid super exhausting sports and restore your energy.
• Meditate often, live slow and reduce stress as much as possible and
• try to go to bed before 10 pm and wake up by 6 am.