The science of Ayurvedic healing is based entirely on the Panchamahabhuta theory, which states that the entire universe, including all life, is made from the five great elements: earth, water, fire, air and space. These elements form the three biological doshas of vata, pitta and kapha.
- Vata dosha is formed from air and space
- Pitta dosha is formed from fire and water
- Kapha dosha is formed from water and earth
These three doshas control and maintain all functions of our mind and body and are contained within all of us. One specific dosha will always be predominant and knowing which one is important for understanding how to maintain your best physical and mental health. The key to remaining healthy throughout your life is knowing how to balance your specific dosha type. Ayurveda recommends a self-care routine known as Dinacharya for maintaining lifetime health.
Not sure which dosha is predominant, take our dosha quiz.
What does a vata dominant person need to maintain their best health throughout their life? Since vata dosha consists of the elements air and space, their characteristics are cold, light, dry, rough, flowing and expansive. Vata people are usually described as having a petite, slender body with delicate facial features and soft skin, as well as a mind that is energetic, creative and spiritual. Their moods are highly changeable and depends on things like the weather, people around them, and the foods they eat.
People with a vata predominance are naturally intuitive, imaginative and light sleepers. Their minds are easily distracted and it’s difficult for them to follow a regular self-care routine. However, following a daily self-care routine is the one significant thing that actually helps keep them in balance. Vata people love irregular routines and will often eat and sleep at different times. It is their irregularity that causes vata to become unbalanced. By following a regular dinacharya selfcare routine the vata energy becomes more balanced.
Dinacharya for Balancing Vata Dosha
- Regularly wake up before sunrise every morning
- Proper rest is minimum of 8 hours sleep
- Drink 2 cups of warm water
- Make a habit of proper elimination or bowel movements
- Practice gentle yoga, breathing techniques, and meditation
- Brush your teeth and scrape your tongue
Gandusha (oil pulling) with Valiya Arimedas Tailam – 1 tsp.
Nasya (nasal oil drops) with Anu Oil- 2 drops per nostril
Abhyanga (oil body massage) with vata balancing oil - Dhanwantharam oil
Shiro Abhyanga (oil head massage) with vata balancing oil - Nilibhringadi Hair Oil
- Warm shower or bath using Ayurvedic Skin Care Soap
- Throughout the day, maintain feeling of relaxation both physically and mentally
- Have only freshly cooked meals containing all six tastes (sweet, sour, salty, bitter, spicy, and astringent)
- Avoid raw food, cold beverages, and dry foods
- Have foods that are moist and oily
- Eat only until your stomach is 2/3 full
- Walk 100 steps after lunch then take few minutes rest sitting with eyes closed
- If tired in the afternoon, then a short nap is okay for vata type person
- Practice meditation after work and before dinner to release stress
- Eat light dinner with ghee
- Have gap of 2 – 3 hours between dinner and bedtime
- Before bed read inspirational books or listen to them
- Go to bed before 10pm
- Practice being calm and relaxed before bedtime
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Ayurveda suggests a simple fundamental principle for maintaining strong health. It is called dinacharya (daily routine) and ritucharya (seasonal routine). When you follow a well-designed daily and seasonal self-care routine suited toward your prakriti (personal constitution) which compensates for the seasonal ups and downs of the doshas, you can maintain good health, strength, and immunity.
Kapha dosha represents the earth and water elements. Its main qualities are cooling, moist, heavy, and soft, and is compared to similar energy as the moon. Kapha dosha governs the structure and stability of our bodies. People who are kapha dominant are naturally slower and easier going than the other two doshas. This serves kapha people well because they are also the strongest and have good stamina and immunity as long as they do not overindulge in food and inactivity.
Pitta dosha is constantly affected by what we do. When we do not follow a balanced diet and lifestyle, relieve stress, or adjust to seasonal changes, over time pitta will become imbalanced. And depending on your daily habits, pitta can either become weak (loss of digestive fire) or it can become too strong (too much digestive fire). This is the root cause of many pitta related symptoms like stomach acidity, swollen inflamed joints, skin rashes, difficulty sleeping, and feeling irritable or angry.