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Vata spring wellbeing guide

10th April 2017

Everyone has a combination of all three constitutional dosha, but one of them is usually primary, one secondary and the third less prominent. Thus, each person has a particular pattern of physical characteristics that make up their individual constitution known as ‘prakriti’. If you look at any current imbalances in your health, known as ‘vikriti’, you can help to correct this imbalance by choosing the correct food, herbs or yoga posture for you.

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Vata types may like spring, but vata is at risk of becoming out of balance during this season as both associated with movement and change. And, of course, spring is all about new growth and life. A vata may become carried away in the moment and leave the spring season with a feeling of low energy and exhaustion. For a vata, spring is the prime time to find balance.

A balance of vata in the body brings comfortable movement, regular breathing, a consistent appetite, normal bowel function, positive enthusiasm, healthy desire, good energy, a calm mind and inspirational creativity.

 

Signs of an increased vata include:

  • weight loss

  • increased dryness of the skin, hair and bowels

  • feeling dehydrated

  • excessive bloating

  • erratic digestion

  • insomnia and anxiety

You can balance vata’s cold, airy and dry tendencies by increasing its opposite qualities and introducing more warmth, earthiness and oily nourishment into your life. This includes staying warm at all times, keeping a regular sleep pattern, and enjoying earthy spices and foods.

 

The vata diet in spring:

The vata diet is about nourishing the nervous system, raising the digestive fire and aiding the body in absorbing nutrients. It is particularly beneficial at the vata times of year which are primarily spring and autumn.

  • Eat at regular intervals and don’t over-eat or forget to eat. Relax and spend time with your food.

  • Practice relaxation methods such as yoga and mindfulness. Yoga postures that are particularly suited to vata types are those which are more grounding and strengthening such as the Corpse and Lotus poses.

  • Emphasise foods that are warm, soupy, heavy and oily. Increase your intake of natural oils.

  • Favour foods that are sweet, sour or salty.

  • Reduce foods that are cold, dry or hard.

  • Reduce foods that are very spicy, bitter or astringent.

  • Avoid refined foods, stimulants and processed foods.

 

Spring herbal heroes for vata:

Herbs to help balance the changeable nature of vata in the spring are those that support our nervous system.

Essential Spirulina can also support absorption in the digestive tract.

Partner these with balancing Pukka teas such as Love, Relax, Three Tulsi and Serene Jasmine Green.