Are you a person who loves excitement and new experiences, quick to anger and quick to forgive? Are you prone to worry and anxiety? Do you love sweet, sour and salty foods? Do you make money quickly but spend it as quickly too? Are you underweight and prone to dry skin and constipation? If the answer is “yes” to all these questions, you are a “vata” person! You are in good company too, for many great personalities, like Fred Astaire and Audrey Hepburn were vata people as well.
So what exactly does vata mean? Vata is one of three vital energies or doshas in our body, the other two being pita and kapha. Vata spends energy, pita manages it. Kapha stores it. According to Ayurveda, the world’s oldest system of healing, every individual has all these three doshas in his or her constitution. However, one of the doshas will predominate over the others, in a finely balanced equation that ensures physical and mental good health. Your body type and emotional make up are determined by which dosha is the key player in your body and whether you are a Vata, Pitta or Kapha type of person.
Tips for the Vata Person
To ensure perfect harmony among the three doshas, a vata person should take care to take care to lead an orderly life, sleeping and eating on schedule. It is also important to eat foods that have a balancing effect on vata. These include foods that are warm and heavy. Ghee and virgin olive oil are especially good. Avocados, mangoes, apricots and plums are the best fruits while rice and wheat are the best grains for balancing vata. Cooked vegetables and nuts are good for you if you are a vata person while the best spices are cardamom, cumin, ginger, cinnamon, salt, cloves, mustard seed, basil, asafetida, cilantro, fennel, oregano, sage, tarragon, thyme, and black pepper. If you must eat non vegetarian food, be sure it is fresh, organic chicken, turkey, seafood, and eggs.
Any imbalance in your vata will make you feel out of control. Your mind may race, leading to anxiety and insomnia. You may start skipping meals, as a result of which you may lose weight and your digestion will be upset. These are the early symptoms of vata imbalance that may lead to an illness. They are warning signals telling you to slow down, meditate, keep regular mealtimes and go to bed early so as to get adequate rest. Drinking plenty of fluids and having regular oil baths will help you too.
Only a qualified Ayurvedic practitioner can accurately assess the exact balance of vata, pitta, and kapha energies in your physical constitution. The finest Ayurvedic physicians and the purest form of Ayurveda itself are to be found in Kerala, where this ancient system has been a way of life for thousands of years. So if you think you are a vata person, but would like confirmation and guidance on how best to ensure perfect harmony of body and mind, come to Kerala … as thousands have for centuries before you, to experience the wonder of Ayurveda.