Avoid These 10 Mistakes for Vata Dosha

by Melissa West on September 12, 2018

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Top 10 mistakes for Vata Dosha?


In Ayurvedic medicine, the vata dosha are the most slender build and creative of all the doshas. When out of balance, their creative minds and bodies which are always on the go can exhaust themselves with anxiety and overwhelm. In this video I am going to share with you the 10 mistakes that vata dosha should avoid. This video will include lifestyle tips, advice for diet for vata dosha including what foods vata should avoid and what foods vata should eat. I will also talk about the best yoga for vata dosha including poses and types of yoga that vata dosha should absolutely not skip.

  1. Hanging out in the wind or flying kites. Vata literally means wind. Hanging out in the wind and flying kites adds more wind and ether to a dosha that already has a lot of movement, energy and space. Vatas are incredibly creative and enthusiastic. They move quickly from one thing to the next, with their thinking and ideas. Hanging out in the wind can further disperse vata dosha energy making them more anxious, exhausted and cold.
  2. Don´t drink iced drinks Vata is cold and dry. Their digestion tends to be weak and gravitates towards constipation. Drinking iced drinks kills the digestive fire. When vata doshas skip the iced drinks they will experience less gas and bloating as well as more regular bowel movements. Try a ginger tea instead.
  3. Don´t eat salads and cold green smoothies: Vata Dosha is cold, dry and rough. Smoothies are cold. The ingredients in smoothies, like leafy greens such as kale, spinach or swiss chard are dry and rough. Green smoothies will leave vata doshas feeling anxious and more prone to anxiety. Vata doshas should favour warming foods like soups and stews. Cooked foods are easier for vata doshas to digest. Think of stewed apples or a blended parsnip soup. Both of these would be amazing for vata dosha.
  4. Don´t avoid root vegetables Remember that vatas are air and ether. They are dry, tend to be up in their heads and get anxious easily. Eating foods that come from the earth can be grounding and sustaining for vata doshas who get exhausted easily as well. Root vegetables like carrots, beets, onions, sweet potatoes, parsnips and ginger are wonderful for vata dosha.
  5. Don´t forget to eat healthy fats, foods with natural healthy oils. Because vata dosha tend to be dry and airy their joints can be dry. Your brain is 60% fat. It needs fat to function optimally – so if you are feeling spaced out and anxious, increase the healthy fats in your diet. Things like butter or purified ghee, avocado, olive oil, cold pressed sesame oil are wonderfully lubricating for vatas joints, colon and nourishing for their brains.
  6. Don´t multi task Vata doshas are incredibly creative. They have a million thoughts going at once and it can be difficult for them to know which direction to go. They start one thing and then they feel they should be doing another thing. Vatas are restless, anxious and change their minds frequently. Doing just one thing at a time and slowly will help vata dosha relieve overwhelm.
  7. Don´t forget to be still People who lean towards vata constitution are always looking for the next exciting thing to stimulate their creative minds. You may notice that they constantly shake their legs or feet when they sit. Their minds are going on the time, but that creativity can go into overwhelm. Taking time for restorative yoga practices or yin yoga with their long holds can be incredibly nourishing for vata dosha.
  8. Don´t Skip Savasana – Speaking of all that nervous and restless energy, vata dosha definitely should not skip savasana. If anything, they should extend it, every single time. In fact it would be incredibly beneficial for vata dosha to relax into stillness in savasana daily for 20-30 minutes. All that grounding energy is exceptionally helpful for vata dosha.
  9. Don´t forget you have a body Because vata dosha are so creative and they spend so much time up in their heads thinking up the next best idea, they can often forget about their bodies. Vata dosha can literally get stuck in their heads. One of the best ways for vata dosha to remember that they have a body is to give themselves a foot massage before they go to bed at night.
  10. Don´t forget to Hydrate with Warming Teas Vata doshas are air and ether. It is easy for them to become dry and dehydrated which can lead to dry joints and constipation. Herbal teas such a ginger tea, chai teas with warming spices such a ginger, cardamom and cinnamon. Teas that will help with digestion such as mint, and fennel. Lemon balm is a wonderful herb that helps with stress, anxiety and even indigestion.

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Namaste, Melissa

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