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7 Things Vata People Should Do to Chill the F*#K Out!

By on June 16, 2016
7 Things Vata People Should Do More Often

People with a predominately Vata dosha constitution bring very precious and rare qualities to the world: they are creative, spiritual, fun, full of joy and enthusiasm.  But when they are out of balance, vata people can get anxious, ungrounded and downright unstable in their moods and thoughts.

The Vata dosha unites the elements of air and ether. It’s qualities are:

  • Cold
  • Light
  • Dry
  • Irregular
  • Rough
  • Moving
  • Quick
  • Changeable

In order to bring balance, those classified as predominately Vata people must be exposed to the opposite qualities.

Here are 7 things that  Vata people can do to be grounded and happy:

 

1-Make a Pot of Soup

 

Vatas are often attracted to light and crunchy foods, like salads, crackers, popcorn, etc.  They can also go to extremes, from all raw vegan to chocolate cheesecake and back in the same day.  A bowl of soup, by contrast, is a nourishing, warm, and easily digestible meal (given that it’s fresh and devoid of artificial preservatives).

Making a nice pot of soup at home to eat over a few days is a very grounding thing for Vata: the process is relaxing, and knowing you have something good to eat, even if it’s for 2 or 3 days, brings security to an anxious mind.

 

2-Wear a Warm and Soft Sweater

 

More than for any other dosha, staying warm is crucial for Vata individuals who are chronically cold and those skin is often sensitive and dry.  Staying warm during the day can radically alter the state of consciousness of a Vata person.  Cashmere, silk and merino wool may be more expensive than cotton or synthetics, but they are worth their weight in gold!  So layer up!

 

3-Take a Nice Mellow Walk

 

Vatas tend to be attracted to extremes and exercises that demand bursts of energy.  Unfortunately, those bursts also often leaves them quickly depleted, as they don’t have as much stamina as other types.  Walking is a moderate activity that conditions the whole body while also allowing mental space for the ideas and creativity that is the life blood of Vatas.  An exercise routine that include regular 30 to 60 minutes walks and slow meditative mind-body practice such as Yin Yoga and Tai Chi is ideal for Vata people.

 

4-Oil your Skin

 

Vata’s skin can get dry and rough, especially in the winter.  Self Abhyanga, or oil massage, is one of the most nourishing and grounding practices Ayurveda has to offer a Vata person.

The best oils for Vata are sesame, olive, almond, wheatgerm, and castor oil.  Make sure the oil is warm.  An easy way to do that is to put the oil in a squeeze bottle and but the bottle in a cup of hot water for 10 minutes.

 

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5-Enroll in a Weekly Class

 

Vata tend to be all over the place- waking up, eating, working and going to bed at different times every day.  While it can be difficult for them, a regular routine calms them and allow them to relax more into their lives.  Signing up and attending a weekly yoga or exercise class at the same place and time every week can do wonders to bring a feeling of continuity, stability and purpose.

 

6-Drink Ginger Tea

Vata people often have a low digestive fire, especially if they eat a lot of raw, dense and cold foods.  Ginger tea is both warming and stimulates the digestion, cutting through Ama (toxic build-up) in the digestive track and unveiling true hunger.  It is also a remedy for intestinal gas, which can be an unfortunate feature in Vata’s life.  It also is a wonderful alternative to coffee or tea, both of which are drying and depleting for Vata.

How to make ginger tea quickly?

  • Grate a tablespoon of fresh ginger root and put it in a mason jar.
  • Pour hot water over and cover it up with the lid.
  • Let it stand for 10 minutes, and strain.
  • Add honey to taste.

 

7-Eat Whole Citrus Fruit

Citrus fruits like oranges and mandarins are godsend for Vata: they are sweet, soft and juicy, all qualities that Vata need.  Citrus also comes with its own natural package that demands that you take the time to be present, peel the fruit and eat it one piece at the time. Plus the fiber contained in the whole fruit contain beneficial antioxidants and Flavonoids that are not contained in juice of the same fruit.

 

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About Suleyka Montpetit

Suleyka Montpetit is a Media Entrepreneur, Explorer, Writer and the former Managing Editor for Everyday Ayurveda. She has studied Yoga, Health, Spirituality and the Arts for over 15 years, rubbing elbows with luminaries and making stuff happen everywhere she goes.

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