Vata types are often thought of as the creative types, the dreamers, the visionaries, the intellectuals, the artists. While other types are equally capable of being these things, Vata energy really is responsible for our creativity and inspiration. When it comes to task management, it could viewed as though Vatas are the planners, Pittas are the doers, and Kaphas are the helpers. This means that Vata types are equally important in the world, however when a person has too much Vata, they are unable to root their dreams into reality, unable to relate to others, and lack the ability to ground into their bodies.
Balance is key when it comes to the doshas, but it helps to understand each dosha before trying to achieve balance.
So what is Vata?
Vata is the mobilizing force that is responsible for movement within the bodily systems.
Associated with the elements air and ether, it's qualities are cool, quick, light, dry, rough, and mobile.
This means the movement of nutrients throughout the body, blood circulation, your ability to move the body, and oxygen flow in and out of the body are all depending on Vata energy.
Without Vata, your body lacks the general ability to move energy through the bodily systems.
Too little Vata can lead to heaviness, wet stools, poor circulation, lack of energy, lack of inspiration or creativity, sluggish digestion and bowels, and so much more.
On the flip side, too much Vata can lead to dry skin and hair, constipation, anxiety, brain fog, lack of focus, weight loss, bloating and gas, weak digestion, aching joints, and the list continues.
So what can you do to help balance your Vata energy?
1. The first step is to recognize if you are Vata dominant (Vata Prakriti). This is the easiest part, because I've made a quiz so you can figure out exactly what your dosha constitution is. It's quick, easy, and there are no wrong answers. Take the quiz here!
2. If you are a Vata type, it is easy to develop an excess of vata, but never fear. Ayurveda has outlined a ton of ways to get back in balance! Some of which are to practice grounding, stabilizing and slow practices everyday through diet and lifestyle choices. (Lookout alert!!! Watch out for future blogs, because I will be dropping some everyday tips for balancing your dosha type.)
3. A simple and easy way to support Vata balance is through the power of Ayurvedic herbs. While there are so many herbs you can take to support Vata balance, our Vata formula contains some of the best including Ashwagandha, Vidanga and Sesame. Check it out now!