By TNT Bureau
May 18, 2015: The science of ayurveda is known to be the oldest form of healthcare in the world. It is a science of self-understanding, that is, by understanding your own constitution you can understand how to interact with your environment that will eventually lead to good health.
We can keep our constitution in balance by balancing our inner energies within our bodies and minds. This unique way of balancing energy helps us to protect ourselves from diseases and adverse environment.
According to ayurveda, the constitution differ from person to person, hence the path to optimal health also differs from person to person.
The science of understanding our own constitution is called the science of tridosha. Tridosha defines the three fundamental energies that govern the functions of our bodies on the physical and emotional levels. These three energies are known as vata (wind), pitta (fire), and kapha (water, earth). According to ayurveda we are made up of all three in various percentages. Most people are made up of mainly one dosha, or a combination of two. Here we will talk about vata dosha.
The vata dosha is made up of air and ether elements. This means that it has qualities that are similar to these elements, which are light, cool, dry and mobile. People with vata dosha have these qualities. These people have light bodies, with thin bones, and dry skin and hair. They often move and speak quickly. When out of balance, they may lose weight, become constipated and their immune and nervous systems become weak.
People with vata dosha become easily confused and overwhelmed. They have difficulty in focusing and concentrating. They also take time in making decisions and have trouble in sleeping. This situation aggravate when they are under stress. Emotionally they are challenged by cool emotions like worry, fear and anxiety.
Tips for balancing vata dosha
- Eat three warm, nourishing meals
- Eat food that are warm, heavy, oily, sweet, sour and salty
- Minimize foods that are spicy, bitter or astringent
- Minimize foods that are cold, dry and light
- Avoid cold or iced drinks, sip warm water at regular intervals, avoid alcoholic beverages, coffee and black tea
- A warm sesame oil massage before your morning shower is good for you
- Keep warm, avoid cold, windy or chilly environments; take long warm baths and showers
- Try to keep your environment humid
- Avoid mental strain, overstimulation, loud music, and long hours of TV in the evening
- Eat and sleep at the same times every day
- Warm milk at bedtime, or nut milk with cardamom and nutmeg, added to it is very good for sleep
- When you get into bed, rub your scalp and feet with sesame oil or coconut oil. The massage will calm you down
- As you lay in bed, take deep breaths and relax your body
- Make your surroundings light and bright
- Ashwagandha, Shatavari and Vidari Kanda are three of the primary herbs used to remove excess vata from the body and maintain balance
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