What is Ayurvedic Dosha?
शरीरेन्द्रिय सत्वात्मा संयोगो। – चरक संहिता १।४२
śarīrendriya satvātmā saṃyogo।1.42
The union of Shareera (body), Indriya (sense organs), Satva (mind) and
The cornerstone of Ayurvedic medicine has been structured into five elements – Aakash (Space), Jala (Water), Prithvi (Earth), Teja (Fire), and Vayu (Air). Each element’s concoction results in three senses of humor, or Doshas, known as Vata, Pitta, and Kalpha. These Doshas are held for determining a person’s physiological, mental, and emotional health. It is believed that every individual human being has a unique ratio of each Dosha in such proportion that one Dosha is to a greater extent than the other. For example, if one individual has more of Vata, the other might be having more Pitta. To get the knowledge of your Dosha, get in touch with an Ayurvedic practitioner.
A person’s idiosyncratic ratio of Vata, Kalpa, and Pitta explains their Ayurvedic structure, a blueprint for optimal health. There is very little evidence to prove the relevance or legitimacy of Doshas. The prime reason that hinders the proof to its legitimacy is a lack of studies and funding on the subject. It is believed to strengthen Doshas’ efficacy. More research should be done.
Now, what does Dosha look like? Based on years and years of practice on Ayurveda, practitioners can trace that an individual Dosha is constructed on the physical, emotional, mental, and behavioral characteristics. Here we have an overview of Vata Dosha.
What is Vata Dosha?
Vata comprises vivacity and presides over all the moments from blinking of eyelids to the movement of muscles. The form of energy is also accountable for Circulation, Respiration, and nervous systems. The Vata Dosha is considered to be the “king” of Dosha. The Vata Dosha represents two elements, Air (Aakash) and Space (Vayu), and is defined as cold, light, dry, rough, flowing, and spacious. Autumn represents Vata for its cool and crispy days.
Every individual is made up of strengths and weaknesses, and so are the people with Vata Dosha.
After observing Vata Dosha’s strengths and weaknesses, we conclude that a Vata central person should follow a regular daily routine for optimal health. They must intake the proper diet and must have sufficient sleep of 8 hours. It is easy for a Vata dominant person to do multiple tasks simultaneously with other tasks as they are multitaskers. Learning new skills is a cakewalk for Vata type persons because of their quick learning attitude. The Vata dominant person is good at innovation as they keep creating and disrupting. The most important point a Vata must keep in mind is that they must not get complacent and overwhelmed by the success and must keep striving for better.
Please note I suggest you use meat and dairy substitutes. I personally follow a high alkaline/vegan diet, but in order to include everyone, I have included advice for meat and dairy eaters.
Diet is an essential part of any individual’s routine, and it is very important that an individual must take a good diet and not be ensuing a bad and unhealthy diet. Let’s view what the best and worst diet plan for the Vata Dosha person is. Please note: I suggest you use meat and dairy substitutes. I personally follow a high alkaline/vegan diet, but in order to include everyone, I have included advice for meat and dairy eaters.
The best kind of food that suits a Vata Dosha person is warm, oily, static, slimy, hot, soft, and liquid as these kinds of foods comb the air characteristics.
● Meat – All white meat
● Fruits – Sweet and citrus fruits
● Veggies – Well-cooked green veggies
● Grains – Oats, rice, and wheat
● Milk products
● Spices and herbs
● Drinks – Warm drinks and Herbal Tea
Foods to avoid:
The must-stay-away from food for Vata dominant people are astringent, bitter, pungent, and raw food because they are not easy to digest and can prove to be inimical.
● Fruits – Dry fruits, Pomegranate, Peach.
●Veggies – Lettuce, Potatoes, Tomatoes, and raw onions.
● Grains – Bucket wheat, Millet, and Corn.
● Oil and Fats – Large quantities of fatty foods, honey, and white sugar.
स्वस्थस्य स्वास्थ्य रक्षणं, आतुरस्य विकार प्रशमनं। (चरक संहित सूत्र ३०।२६)
svasthasya svāsthya rakṣaṇaṃ, āturasya vikāra praśamanaṃ। (Caraka Saṃhita Sūtra 30।26)
Ayurveda Shastra aims at keeping a healthy person healthy and managing or curing diseases (mind, body, or both) that manifest in a person.
Alongside your eating habit and a good diet, exercise and yoga are an equally cardinal element to the Vata dominant person. To manage stress, meditation and calming activities are a must. So, let us check out some health tips for Vata type people.
It is advised that one must exercise for a healthy and fit body for 30 minutes a day. People often get perplexed as there are so many exercises, and they don’t have the perfect knowledge of which exercise is right for them. But according to Ayurvedic Dosha, it is said that one must exercise bestowing their Dosha to create a balance between your mind and body.
Since we know Vata is a blend of air and space elements and Vata dominant, people are enthusiastic and energetic and love to sweat out. They take absolute pleasure in a fast-paced workout like dancing, cardio, and running. However, they have a smaller body type and have lower weight, so they must low their pace and balance their energy. For Vata, dominants gaining weight is next to moving the Himalayas, so they must pay attention to building strong bones and muscles. The Vata type person must focus on form rather than speed. Some of the best exercises for Vata dominants are Lunges, Squats, and Resistance Band Training.
Apart from these high-intensity exercises, yoga is one of the best alternatives. It is a good choice and also helps the Vata dominant people to slow down a bit. But there are so many yoga forms, and which one will suit them best to the Vata type person’s question, so listing below some of the best yoga poses for Vata types:
● Tadasana (Mountain Pose)
● Uttanasana (Standing forward bend)
● Malasana (Garland Pose)
● Vrksasana (Tree Pose)
● Dandasana (Staff Pose)
These are just a few poses to name in the list, but there are much other yoga poses for Vata and other Doshas. Start with the best suitable yoga or Exercise for yourself.
Ayurvedic medicine is widely used and is the reason for the holistic healing of your body. According to Ayurveda, an imbalance of Doshas leads to poor health and disease, so it is very cardinal that every individual opts for correct eating habits, exercise, and a healthy and good lifestyle. Many proponents of Ayurvedic Dosha claim that good health is based on good Dosha, but to prove this correct, the shreds of evidence are not enough. Therefore we must spend sufficient funds towards better research and study to get some strong evidence.
The Vata dominants are full of enthusiasm and energy, but at times they cross the thin line between enthusiasm and gallop, which might not fetch them favorable results. To calm their minds and bodies, they must keep doing meditation sessions to stay enthusiastic with all wisdom.
The bottom line for a Vata type person’s diet is that they must eat healthily and avoid foods with high fat or fruits that are citrus in nature. White meat is a must and the best option for Vata type to take protein. Red meat is one food they should avoid as the digestion involved in it is not lucid. Finally, the water intake for a Vata type person is perhaps the most important element for the well-being of a Vata type body.
The bottom line for Vata fitness is that they must include daily workout or yoga sessions in their routine. As mentioned above, the Vata dominants have lower body weight, so they can do less high-intensity exercise, which is excruciating. They must give more emphasis on form rather than speed. Yoga is the best alternative to these excruciating exercises and perhaps will help them calm and meditate their minds and souls.
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