When it comes to the doshas, keeping vata balanced is the best thing you can do to support health in your body and mind, even if vata is not your primary dosha. Yet in this modern age of vata-aggravating computers, airplane travel and constant movement, few people experience fully balanced vata dosha.
Vata is so important because its state of balance can affect the other two doshas, pitta and kapha. This has to do with vata’s primary responsibility: movement in the body. Without vata, everything is stagnant – your heart doesn't beat and blood doesn’t move, the digestive process grinds to a halt. Even the movement of your eyes as you read this is governed by vata (though your eyes themselves are governed by pitta).
When vata is balanced, the movements of your body and mind are fluid, like a beautiful dancer. You experience creativity, mental and physical flexibility and have the ability to see things from another person’s point of view, making you a great person to enjoy a pleasant conversation with.
Yet with too much vata, which often happens in vata season, starting mid-September and running through mid-January, it’s easy to find yourself with too much movement in your body and mind. This pushes the other two doshas out of balance, aggravating issues that otherwise might be easy to correct. Add to that the typical signs of vata imbalance – anxiety, sleeplessness, forgetfulness, emotional and physical hypersensitivity, painful gas and bloating, coldness in your body and fear – and you’ve got a body and mind full of discomfort.
Vata dosha and modern living
One of the great downsides to our modern lifestyle is a constant aggravation of vata dosha. Excessive computer use, artificial heat, air conditioning and fans, constant fear-filled reports on the evening news and the emphasis on productivity over self-care all amount to an imbalance in vata dosha in proportions that we have rarely seen in our history as a human race. Is it not an interesting coincidence that our rates of depression and anxiety, signs of vata imbalance, are also skyrocketing?
Luckily, you are in control of your vata dosha – it is not in control of you. Learn to soothe the rough edges of vata with these seven tips, all designed to calm vata and bring your whole being back into the balance you are meant to have.
Seven tips to calm vata dosha