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How to Control the Moody Vata Dosha

How to Control the Moody Vata Dosha

If you have been suffering from indigestion, insomnia, joint pain and anxiety, your ruling dosha or humor is most likely Vata.

Composed of air and space, Vata is the moodiest and flightiest dosha of all. People governed by Vata reflect all the qualities of these two elements.

If you are a Vata type:

  • Your skin is dry and rough to the touch.
  • It matures and ages faster because of its low natural moisture content.
  • You have thin, fine and brittle hair.
  • Your frame is light, and you tend to be underweight
  • You are an anxious, moody and indecisive person
  • You are a light sleeper and prefer warm weather to cold

Vata Skin’s Typical Problems:

  • Your skin tends to get too dry, to the extent it becomes flaky
  • Cracked heels and chapped lips are a typical Vata bane
  • You cannot bear cold, damp weather
  • Poor blood circulation and the tendency to worry can make your skin look dull, wrinkle faster and get dark spots.

10  Terrific Vata Calmers

  1. Succulent, sweet fruits
  2. Warm, soothing foods such as milk, soups, stews and hot cereal
  3. Ghee and spices in moderation
  4. Ample rest and relaxation
  5. A daily cleansing and moisturizing routine
  6. Gentle, graceful exercises that involve fluidity of movement
  7. Daily self-massage with a good quality cold pressed ayurvedic oil
  8. 20 minutes a day of silence and/or meditation
  9. Invigorating essential oils such as lemon, peppermint and juniper
  10. The company of calm, affectionate and decisive people

Related:
How to Please Pitta: The Fiery Dosha
How to Calm Kapha Dosha

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Shubhra Krishan

Writer, editor and journalist Shubhra Krishan is the author of Essential Ayurveda: What it is and what it can do for you (New World Library, 2003), Radiant Body, Restful Mind: A Woman's book of comfort (New World Library, 2004), and The 9 to 5 Yogi: How to feel like a sage while working like a dog (Hay House India, 2011).

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10:51PM PST on Jan 31, 2012

Thanks

4:02PM PST on Jan 28, 2012

thanks

9:00AM PDT on Aug 4, 2011

Love to see more of this....very interesting?

10:38AM PDT on Aug 2, 2011

Again, a wonderful summary Shubhra.
After your last contribution I looked further and did a couple more on-line questionnaires and found out about the Tri-Dosha too. :)

6:42AM PDT on Aug 1, 2011

Good info

3:09PM PDT on Jul 31, 2011

noted with thanks.

2:59AM PDT on Jul 31, 2011

where is the information to find out which type you are?

11:48PM PDT on Jul 30, 2011

Ghee is high in fat how can someone recommend that even in moderation?!

10:05PM PDT on Jul 30, 2011

I'm reading "10 Terrific Vata Calmers", are these really for "vata" only? I though this is ideal way to everybody...

7:01PM PDT on Jul 30, 2011

Interesting! Thanks for the info.

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