8 Holiday Gifts for Yogis with a Vata-Dominant Dosha
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Ayurvedic Holiday Gift Guide
The holidays may be a fantastic time to express your affection and care toward others. Crafting homemade presents, party favors, and stocking stuffers for the holidays is a joyful way to express your creativity, have a little fun in the kitchen, and put your interest in herbalism and wellness to good use. It is a wonderful opportunity to provide something that is unique, custom-designed, and that also promotes the wellbeing of the receiver when making (or purchasing) ayurvedic-inspired presents.
First and foremost, in order to present Ayurveda-inspired gifts, you do not need to be an expert in Ayurveda or even have a good understanding of the dosha of the recipient (constitution).
Furthermore, you have the option of keeping it really simple or making it more elaborate and costly.
VPK Spice Shakers
When it comes to creating ayurvedic Christmas presents, spice shakers for the doshas (vata, pitta, and Kapha) are a terrific place to start. They are easy to create and are quite affordable to purchase. In addition, there is little mess. The concept is to create spice blends that are tailored to the constitution of the person receiving the gift. Alternatively, if you have no idea what their constitution is, you can select a spice combination that is suited for the season. Autumn and early winter are considered to be thevata seasons, whilst late winter and early spring are considered to be thekapha seasons.
When in doubt about which spice blend to produce, thevataand/orkaphablends are an excellent place to start. The following recipe options are only suggestions. Consider modifying these mixes to suit your needs and the tastes of the receiver, as well as your personal preferences for certain spices.
This recipe is adapted from Kate O’Donnell’s Fall Spice Mix recipe. a tablespoon of coriander (Coriandrum sativum) seeds, finely ground a tablespoon of cumin (Cuminum cyminum) seeds, finely ground a tablespoon of turmeric (Curcuma longa) rhizome, finely ground two tablespoons of ginger (Zingiber officinale) rhizome, finely ground two tablespoons of fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) seed, finely ground Directions: A “part” might be as small as a teaspoon or as large as a tablespoon, depending on how much spice mix you wish to prepare.
Combine all of the ingredients in a glass jar or spice shaker and keep in the refrigerator.
This recipe is adapted from Kate O’Donnell’s Summer Spice Mix recipe. One cup ground coriander (Coriandrum sativum) seeds, one cup ground cumin (Cuminum cyminum) seeds, one cup ground turmeric (Curcuma longa) rhizome, one cup ground fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) seed, a few pinches ground cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum) seed Directions: A “part” might be as little as a teaspoon or as large as a tablespoon, depending on how much spice mix you wish to prepare. Combine all of the ingredients in a glass jar or spice shaker and keep in the refrigerator.
Inspired by Kate O’Donnell’s Spring Spice Mix, this recipe is gluten-free. 1 part coriander (Coriandrum sativum) seeds, finely ground1 part cumin (Cuminum cyminum) seeds, finely ground1 part turmeric (Curcuma longa) rhizome, finely ground1 part ginger (Zingiber officinale) rhizome, finely ground1 part fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum) seeds, finely ground1 part black pepper (Pi a couple of pinches of ground clove (Syzygium aromaticum) a few pinches of cayenne pepper (optional) (Capsicum annuum) fruit Directions: A “part” might be as little as a teaspoon or as large as a tablespoon, depending on how much spice mix you wish to prepare.
Combine all of the ingredients in a glass jar or spice shaker and keep in the refrigerator.
You could even create a recipe to go along with each spice mix as a way to provide the receiver with some culinary inspiration!
Comfort Food: Kitchari Kit
Kitchari may or may not be the first meal that springs to mind when you think of comfort food, depending on where you grew up. However, in Ayurveda, this simple one-pot supper is greatly valued as a cuisine that eases the body’s discomfort and promotes wellbeing from the inside out. Kitchariiis the meal that is traditionally consumed during ayurvedic cleanses. Among the key components are white basmati rice, yellow split mung dal, ghee, and a variety of spices that vary according to the season and the individual’s constitution.
As an example of a nice dish, I recommend thiskitchari recipe from the Ayurvedic Institute.
This sweet, straightforward porridge is easy to digest, and the majority of people enjoy the flavor.
For cleanses, or possibly for a post-holiday reset, it is particularly well suited because to its ease of digestion. You do not, however, need to wait for a cleansing in order to benefit from this nutritious ayurvedic treasure. Please feel free to have kitchari with any meal and at any time of year.
What Goes Into A Kitchari Kit
The following are the elements that must be included in every kitchari kit. You may combine these materials yourself and present them in an appealing holiday gift basket if you want to save money. For a more convenient option, online ayurvedic product sellers such as Banyan Botanicals sell kitchari kits that have already been constructed.
Kitchari Kit Essential Ingredients
1/2 pound organic split yellow mung dal (dal is a legume). 1/2 pound organic white or brown basmati rice, cooked according to package directions 1 jar unrefined organic ghee (or substitute coconut oil or avocado oil) 1 spice shaker of kitchari spice mix, orvata, pitta, orkaphaspice blend, or a combination of the three (see recipes above)
What’s in a Kitchari Spice Blend?
When you look at the kitchari kit ingredients listed above, you might think, “What exactly is a kitchari spice blend?” It’s impossible to give a definitive response. You may create a kitchari spice combination that will balance the vata, pitta, and orkapha doshas, among others. However, the following is a basic blend that will work for the majority of people’s constitutions. a few pinches of hing/asafoetida, black pepper, and cayenne* *These are all heating spices, so it is best to omit them forpittatypes.
In the event that you are hand-delivering this present, you may wish to include a handful of fresh cilantro or some freshly grated ginger root, both of which enhance the flavor and freshness of any kitchari preparation.
Herbal massage oils are an excellent choice for those searching for something that will inspire them to relax and unwind a little bit more. According to my Herbal Academy post, “Homemade Massage Oil for Each Season,” I include massage oil recipes for the three doshas (vata, pitva, and kapha) as well as descriptions of which mixes are most suited for the season. You should keep in mind that creating a herbal massage oil may need some messiness as well as patience and effort on your part. Consequently, if speed is of the importance, tridoshic massage oil mixtures for vata, pitta, and kapha are available for purchase.
Think about extending on the present of an ayurvedic massage oil with a whole ayurvedic self-care package for your loved one if you really want to go all out in supporting a little self-care for them! The recipient of this present may be a valued caregiver in your life, making it an extremely appropriate gift. Some suggestions for what to include in an ayurveda self-care kit are as follows:
- Bath salts or a bath bomb (see thisEvergreen Forest Bath Saltsrecipe for ideas)
- Massage oil
- Tongue scraper
- Neti pot
- Herbal tea blend (see this article for suggestions on tea blends)
- Herbal or botanical soap
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Ayurvedic Treats and Sweets
Nothing about our Christmas gift recommendations would be complete without some sort of food or sweet. Consequently, if your loved one has a sweet craving, here are a handful of suggestions for delicious sweets that are also on the healthier side. My Herbal Academy piece, Simplify Life During Hectic Seasons, includes a recipe for Sunbutter Truffles from Kate O’Donnell’s excellent ayurvedic cookbook, The Everyday Ayurveda Cookbook, which you can find on Amazon. (While we’re on the subject, an ayurvedic cookbook is another excellent present option!) This dish is one that I have cooked numerous times and it is both simple and consistently good.
They are vegan and extremely nutrient-dense, without being excessively sweet.
Whether you follow the recipe exactly or experiment with some of my adjustments, these truffles are sure to please any chocolate enthusiast in your life.
The ideas in our ayurvedic Christmas gift guide range from basic to more sophisticated, wellness-focused to wonderfully decadent, and I hope you find something you like. When it comes to providing Ayurveda-inspired presents, you have the option of creating a gift basket, a special dessert, or a simple gift that is both considerate and affordable. Giving Ayurveda-inspired gifts allows you to make a gift while keeping in mind the individual character of your loved one. The thoughtfulness and consideration that went into selecting your present will be much appreciated by the person who receives it.
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A Guide to Sleep Based on Your Ayurvedic Type
Sleep, according to Ayurveda, is a fundamental instinct of life that is required by all living things. We require it in order to refresh and reenergize our physical, mental, and spiritual bodies. In Ayurveda, sleep is considered to be one of the three foundations of good health, and is referred to as nidra. Then there’s the matter of nourishment (ahara) and the management of sexual energy (brahmacharya). It is necessary to maintain a proper balance between these three factors in order to live a healthy life.
The three doshas are as follows: Kapha dominates sleep, which results in a heavy sensation of exhaustion and fatiguedness.
The ancient Sanskrit literature on Ayurveda, the Charaka Samhita, describes six different forms of sleep. According to the text, sleep may be caused by one or more of the following:
- Depressive disorders
- Elevated kapha induced by consuming an excess of foods such as chocolate, cheese, or fried food
- Weariness of the mind and body caused by excessive physical effort
- Chronic sickness
- Imbalance or damage in the body
- And a host of other conditions.
Natural sleep is governed by the Ayurvedic clock, which emphasizes the importance of the proper time to sleep, the duration of sleep, and the optimal time to wake up each day. According to Ayurveda, a day is split into six zones of four hours each, each of which is governed by a different dosha: Following the Ayurvedic calendar, it is ideal to wake up before sunrise and sleep before 10 p.m., when the kapha phase has caused dullness in the body due to stagnation in the mind. The interval between supper and sleep time must also be at least 2 hours long.
Different lifestyle adjustments are recommended by Ayurveda to help you sleep better based on your dominant doshas.
In Ayurvedic terms, excess vata refers to an excess of wind that has the characteristics of lightness, movement, and roughness.
Individuals suffering from exacerbated vata should consume meals that stimulate the production of kapha in the body. As a result, the attributes of weight, stillness, and smoothness will be enhanced. Ayurvedic physician Lineesha K.C. of Greens Ayurveda in Kerala advises those with high vata to eat rich and revitalizing foods to balance their constitution. This can involve the following:
- Dairy products, coconut milk, hearty soups and stews, avocado, butter and ghee, and rice cereal are all good choices.
The following recipe is recommended by K.C. :
- 4 tablespoons freshly grated nutmeg
- 2 cardamom pods
- Any sort of sweetener, such as jaggery or honey (optional)
- 8 ounces warm milk (ideally one that is heavy in fat).
Foods that are warm, such as red rice and beef soup, according to Varalakshmi Yanamandra, Ayurvedic health coach and director of the Ayur WellnessPain Center, are recommended. If your vata is irritated, you may experience problems sleeping.
Your body need nutrition in order to balance vata. Improved sleep can be achieved by foot massage or whole body abhyanga massage using cooling oils such as Mahanarayan Thailam or Brahmioil. When massaging the scalp, Dhanwantharam Thailam or sesame oil should be utilized. An excessive amount of exercise may promote the Vata dosha. If your vata is high, try to avoid watching television and using your phone an hour before night, as well as exercising in the evening. Maintain sufficient ventilation in your bedroom and keep the room dark for a comfortable night’s sleep.
Vatta types thrive in relationships that are kind and nurturing, especially in the bedroom. Multiple partners, intense sex, and numerous orgasms may be too much for the vata nerve system to handle. It’s also necessary to get attention and recuperate after a sexual encounter.
If you have a high pitta dosha, you may have problems falling asleep if your work stress level is high or if you consume an excessive amount of acid in your diet.
Food for pitta
You should eat cooling items, such as fresh fruits and dates, and consume a moderate-to-heavy meal when you are pacifying pitta. Because pitta-dominant people have a strong digestive fire, they may wake up hungry in the middle of the night if they don’t have a decent meal before going to bed.
A small snack of puffed rice or a glass of buttermilk is advised if pittas had an early dinner and are still hungry by the time they go to bed. An eight-ounce glass of warm milk with a teaspoon of Jeevantyadi Gritam or medicatedghee, according to Yanamandra, is recommended.
Sleep for pitta
Those with pitta dosha should be able to sleep a bit later, by 11 p.m., recommends Yanmandra. A foot massage with heated ghee is indicated to help you sleep better at night. Sleep in a cold, well-ventilated room; diffuse pleasant, cooling essential oils such as jasmine and rose; and wrap yourself in a light blanket to keep yourself warm. It is possible to utilize cooling oils such asbhringajoramla for a head massage.
Sex for pitta
Because of their enthusiasm and inherent reservoirs of energy, pittas typically have a high sex drive. They may love sex with several partners as well as playing a dominant role in their relationships. Even so, it’s critical to remember to participate in cooling, soothing activities to help you recuperate after a night out on the town.
Kapha individuals have a strong connection to the earth and water in their constitution.
The kapha diet should consist of meals that are both refreshing and warming, such as vegetable soup and bitter greens. For supper, it is best to stay away from sweets. A light post-dinner stroll will aid in the stimulation of digestive juices. It is also beneficial for kapha types to engage in strenuous exercise as part of their usual schedule. Regular dry brushing and udvartana, or dry powder massage, using a combination of herbs, may also aid boost metabolism in persons with the kapha constitution.
People who are dominated by the kapha dosha are typically heavy sleepers who may have a tendency to oversleep. If you have excessive kapha, set a wake-up time for yourself that you will adhere to. Warming and revitalizing odors such as eucalyptus, rosemary, and ginger are recommended when it comes to fragrances.
When it comes to kapha type sex, it might be sluggish to begin. It may take them some time to get going, but once they do, they have tremendous stamina and endurance. For the kapha personality, sexual activity is also a terrific kind of exercise. The imbalance of doshas in the body is one of the most common causes of sleep disturbances in humans. Yanamandra explains that “disturbed sleep can result in headaches, migraines, and even insomnia.” This is caused by exacerbated vata and pitta, which can be caused by any of the following:
- Eating excessive amounts of dry, crunchy foods such as salads
- Eating excessive amounts of cold foods such as ice cream
- Staying up too late
- Suffering work-related stress
Shirodhara, a method in which oil is gently poured onto the forehead, can be used to cure chronic episodes of sleeplessness in certain people. Shirodhara with netra tarpana, or eye nourishing therapy, and shiro lepa, or a herbal pack for the head, are both effective treatments for pitta pacification. These therapies should only be performed by an Ayurvedic practitioner who has received proper training. According to a 2013 research, frequent practice of yoga in the morning, along with pranayama, or deep breathing exercise, can aid with sleep quality.
Ashwagandha powder can be consumed with warm milk, along with nutmeg, for a relaxing effect.
It is critical to consult with an Ayurvedic practitioner before taking any herbs and to adhere to the dose restrictions that have been advised.
“Diva swapna (day sleep), or what we call a nap, is not recommended in Ayurveda because it raises kapha in the body.” There are several exceptions for those who suffer from vata-aggravated conditions, such as the following:
- Joint discomfort, nerve-related problems, general muscular weakness, and anxiety are all possible outcomes.
Among the other exclusions are:
- Musicians who often make use of their vocal cords Those who are breast-feeding or chest-feeding their children
- Folks who travel often
When possible, take a nap on an empty stomach 2 hours after lunch, to give your stomach time to digest your meal. 20 minutes of uninterrupted sleep while sitting on a reclining chair. This helps to keep pitta from building in your brain and body. Individuals who fit one of the following characteristics should avoid taking naps, according to Ayurvedic principles:
- The kapha-dominant constitution
- A high-oil or fried-food diet
- People who are usually healthy and do not have an underlying disease
- Individuals who are overweight
Taking a nap is suggested during the summer months when it is difficult to obtain a full night’s sleep due to the heat. Ayurveda is an ancient school of medicine that emphasizes the need of maintaining a good balance in one’s diet, sleep, and sexual activity in order to live a long and healthy life. The three doshas, as well as the Ayurvedic clock, are all strongly associated with restful sleep. While it is not always feasible to keep to a strict schedule in today’s world, following these suggestions might help you maintain a sense of balance.
She is presently earning an MA in the anthropology of food at the University of California, Berkeley.
Ayurveda Body Types
When you are sitting next to a flowing torrent of water, completely immersed in it, it might be difficult to remember this simple truth of life: we are that. Water, as well as the other five elements found in nature, make up our physical structure. As a result of this insight, Ayurveda, a 5000-year-old science of wellness and longevity, can inform you not only about the imbalances at the core of current disorders, but also about particular characteristics of your body type, behavior, and conditions to which you may be prone.
- It accomplishes this by first determining the prakruti, or nature, of a certain individual.
- Finally, Ayurveda gives a road map for living a healthy, perfectly balanced life through the use of particular herbs, holistic cleanses and detox treatments, and a tailored diet that is matched with one’s inherent dosha constitution.
- Being aware of your constitution helps you to enhance your quality of life as well as your health and happiness by adhering to the dietary and lifestyle suggestions made for each constitution.
- In Ayurveda, a technique known as the Nadi Pariksha, or pulse diagnostic, is used to diagnose imbalances in the body.
- An Ayurvedic pulse diagnostic performed by a trained professional is the most accurate approach to determine one’s constitution.
- The Ayurvedic method of pulse examination is distinct from and goes far deeper than the Western way of pulse examination.
- It significantly checks not only the pulse rate, rhythm, and volume, but also the flow, amplitude, force, and consistency of the heartbeat.
- For example, the consequence of a blood-sugar imbalance can be seen considerably earlier in your pulse than you might expect.
We examine the common qualities of body types associated with each dosha in this section to assist readers get more familiar with general trends. Continue reading to become acquainted with the primary constitutions of the body and the journey of self-discovery that is the delight of Ayurveda.
THE GOOD LIFE (For Your Type)
Ayurveda is the science of longevity; it is the science of how to live a long, healthy life. It is also known as the science of longevity. “Ayu” refers to the amount of time we spend with our bodies. The spirit is immortal; it may exist with or without the body, but the duration of the union of body, mind, and spirit is measured in ayu, which is the span of time during which the combination of body, mind, and spirit exists. Ayurveda is the science of knowing how to live a happy and healthy life throughout that period.
According to Ayurveda, there are four elements to consider in this regard:
- As the science of longevity, Ayurveda is the science of how to live a long, healthy life. It is also known as the science of longevity. It is the amount of time we spend with our bodies that is called “ayu.” It is immortal
- It may exist with or without the body, but the duration of the union of the three elements—the body, the intellect, and the spirit—is referred to as the ayu. Ayurveda is the science of knowing how to live a happy and healthy life throughout that period. In order to live this manner, what steps do we need to take? Four aspects are mentioned by the ancient Indian science of Ayurveda in this regard.
It’s similar to driving a car in that if you understand the laws of the road, you can operate your vehicle safely. And the same is true for life, if you understand these four characteristics. To do so, we must first understand the body and the mind. Space, air, fire, water, and earth are the five elements that make up the human body. What is the significance of understanding your Ayurvedic body type? Physiologically, these components work as three bio-dynamic forces, known asvata, pitta, and kapha.
- The five elements (Panchamahabhutas) unite to generate three fundamental bio energies, or doshas, which are kapha, vata, and pitta in their combined state.
- Each of these doshas has its own set of characteristics.
- The vata dosha is represented by the element of air, and it is the driving force behind all bodily activities.
- It corresponds to the dosha of grounding.
- Those who are born with more of the space and air element have a vata constitution.
- An individual with high vata will generally be very skinny, chatty, and restless; they will also have a reduced body weight, dry skin and nails that are easily broken, thin hair, and tiny, somewhat sunken eyes.
- When it comes to climate, they tend to enjoy warm or hot weather, and they may have difficulty coping with cold weather.
- It is in charge of the movement of the body and the intellect as well.
Its primary duties include the transmission of sensory impulses, the production of breath, the expulsion of waste, the production of speech, and the pumping of blood. It also stimulates the production of agni, the digestive fire in the body.Signs of Vata Disharmony
- Skin dryness and roughness as a result of excessive weight reduction Emaciation is a real thing. Constipation or irregular bowel movements
- Joint and bone pain
- And nausea and vomiting Flatulence
- Apprehension and uneasiness
- Heart rate that is abnormal
- Hotter environments and surroundings are preferred.
Affective Disorders Caused by Vata Imbalance Imbalance of this dosha can result in irregular bowel motions, dysfunction of the neurological system, and problems of the muscles and joints, among other things. The following are some of the ailments that can be caused by a vata imbalance:
- Symptoms include: dry mouth
- Crooked teeth
- Facial paralysis
- Acute stress
- Tonic-clonic seizures
- And tremors. Irritation of the ears and hearing abnormalities
- Sciatica, stiff legs, calf muscle cramps, stiffness in the neck, arthritis, constipation, and other conditions
Remedies to Maintain a Healthy Vita
- Get to bed at 10:00 p.m. and up by 6:00 a.m. every day
- Continue to adhere to a daily schedule that includes regular eating, sleeping, and working hours (dinacharya)
- Beverages should be served hot and meals should be freshly cooked and hot. Consume foods that have naturally occurring sweet, sour, and salty flavors
- Incorporate significant amounts of high-quality oils or ghee, as well as warming spices such as ginger, black pepper, cinnamon, and cumin, into your regular diet
- And Stay away from alcoholic beverages, caffeinated beverages, and chocolate. Incorporate a regular workout program into your week’s activities. Herbs and therapies that are vata-reducing
Then there are pitta individuals, who are born with hotter constitutions that include a higher concentration of the fire element. When it comes to pitta personality traits, they are often energetic, good-looking and perfectionist, as well as dynamic, intellectual and short-tempered. Leaders will often have leadership abilities, a modest build, a bright personality, a sharp nose, and keen eyes, which may be somewhat pinkish tinted at times, among other characteristics. Because of the unpleasant ease with which a pitta person can become unbalanced, hair loss and premature greying are typical among pitta individuals.
- Despite the fact that it is a mix of fire and water, the fire element is the more prominent element.
- The small intestine, stomach, liver, spleen, gallbladder, blood, sweat glands, subcutaneous fat, eyes, and skin are among places where pitta can be found in the body.
- It helps to regulate body heat, digestion, and hunger, as well as absorption and assimilation.
- In addition to delivering amino acids and enzymes, which are essential for digestion, it also serves to hydrate the body.
- When used in moderation, it can help people understand and think more clearly.
- Symptoms of Pitta Dosha Imbalance
- Reduced sleep
- Increased irritability and agitation. Excessive heat accompanied by a longing for cool items. Yellow coloring of the skin. Extreme thirst and hunger
- An increased propensity to be a perfectionist
- And a burning feeling Bad breath
- Hot flushes
- A bitter aftertaste in the mouth
Pitta Dosha Imbalance Causes a Variety of Diseases
- If the imbalance is allowed to remain for an extended period of time, it can result in peptic ulcers or inflammation of the stomach or esophagus. Fibromyalgia (fatigue), migraines, and acid reflux are among conditions that can affect the skin. Tendonitis, herpes, jaundice, bad breath, conjunctivitis, pharyngitis, dissatisfaction, stomatitis, fibromyalgia, redness of the skin, low blood sugar, and other symptoms
Pitta-Balancing Herbs and Supplements
- Continue to adhere to a daily schedule that includes regular eating, sleeping, and working hours (dinacharya)
- Cooking using ghee, also known as clarified butter, is recommended. Throughout the day, drink 4—5 litres of warm or room temperature water. Stay in the company of folks who are upbeat and optimistic
- Meditation is the key to having a peaceful mind. It aids in the regulation of emotions such as anger and impatience, among others. It is advised that you meditate for a few minutes twice a day. Practicing Sahaj Samadhi meditation, as taught by the Art of Living, may be quite beneficial in reducing Pitta aggravation. In addition to promoting blood circulation and cleansing the body, moderately tough yogasanas can help to balance Pitta. To bring serenity to the mind, spend time in nature—be with plants, stroll on the grass, walk by the lakeside, and moon gaze—for at least 30 minutes each day.
The element of water and the element of earth predominate in the kappa dosha. People with a kapha constitution are often cool, placid, indolent, cheery, and stocky in build, as described above (if not overweight). If they are given a task, they never manage to do it on time. Because the kapha kind of person is the least disturbed and most contented sort of person on the earth, according to Ayurveda, the kapha constitution is considered the best constitution. They have a positive attitude all the time!
- The skin may also be thick and wet to the touch, as well as a bit cold to the touch.
- The Kapha dosha is found in the bones, muscles, and tendons.
- It helps to keep the body moist.
- When in balance, kapha is associated with feelings of love, tranquility, and forgiveness.
- Kapha personalities have a strong appetite and a weak digestive system, which causes them to gain a lot of weight.
- They have a sense of calm and equilibrium.
- When they believe they have been treated unfairly by others or by themselves, they are more likely to get depressed.
Lack of regularity, tiredness, lack of exercise, irregular sleeping patterns, heavy meals, frequent eating, and consumption of excessive dairy products are some of the factors that might contribute to the imbalance.Signs of Kapha Imbalance include:
- When the elements of water and earth predominate, this is known as Kapha. Kapha people are often cool, peaceful, and laid back. They are also cheery, and have a stocky build (if not overweight). Whenever they are given a task, they never manage to accomplish it on time. The healthiest constitution, according to Ayurveda, is that of the kapha kind, which is the least disturbed and most contented sort of person on the entire globe. Everything about them is bright and happy! A large body, thick, dark hair, wide eyes with white surrounding them, and prominent, gleaming white teeth are some of the other characteristics of this individual. Additionally, the skin may be thick and wet to the touch, as well as a bit cold. While they have a tendency to amass material possessions, they also have a generous streak that drives them to serve the community. The Kapha dosha is found in the bones, muscles, and tendons of the human body. To hold the cells together, it functions as a ‘binding agent.’ Body moisture is maintained as a result of this. In addition, it hydrates the skin and helps to keep the immune system in good working order. Love, tranquility, and forgiveness are all associated with the kapha dosha when it is in harmony. Greed and jealousy are two undesirable emotions that can arise when the chakra is out of harmony. Kapha personalities have a strong hunger and a weak digestive system, which causes them to gain a significant amount of weight. People of the kapha personality type are laid-back and want to keep things as they are. Peaceful and well-balanced are their characteristics. They have a high threshold for pain and discomfort. Their despair is exacerbated if they believe they have been treated unfairly by others. Many factors, such as a lack of regularity, laziness, lack of exercise, irregular sleeping patterns, heavy meals, frequent eating, and an excessive intake of dairy products, can contribute to the imbalance.Signs of Kapha Imbalance
Indications and Treatments for Kapha Imbalance
- Foods with astringent, spicy, and bitter flavors are beneficial in keeping kapha under control, according to traditional Chinese medicine. Food that is dry and warm is also beneficial. For those with kapha personalities, it is essential to keep their bodies active. It prevents them from slipping into a state of lethargy and apathy. Yoga practice on a regular basis helps to keep the energy levels up, the pollutants at bay, and the body active
- And The regulated and prolonged breath taken during Pranayama helps to keep the mind at peace while also improving the health of the lungs. Sleeping throughout the day might raise kapha, therefore avoid doing so.
Pitta-kapha, pitta-vata, vata-kapha, and saamya are the three primary Ayurvedic body types (though combinations of the three are also possible); these are the three major Ayurvedic body types (though combinations of the three are also possible). What we are born with is what is known as our constitution. It is more likely that we will remain fit, healthy, and happy for a long period of time if we consume the correct foods and live a lifestyle that is compatible with our Ayurvedic body type.
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8 Mga Regalo sa Holiday para sa Yogis na may isang Vata-Dominant Dosha – iba pa 2022
In the world of yoga, there are several types of yogis. There are yogis who are multitaskers, yogis who are athletes, and yogis who are yogis. If you want to give something to someone who has everything, give them something that will inspire them to accomplish something great with their lives. (It’s also possible that it’ll be included in the aming christmas giveaway as part of the ilan.) Bumalik sa Gabay sa Gift ng Holiday Season
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Ayurveda for Autumn/Winter
Autumn is primarily a cold season, during which the Vata dosha predominates both within and outside of the body. Vata is the main element in the elements of air and space, giving them properties such as coldness, lightness, dryness, roughness, and movement. The fact that Vata has such a strong quality of movement makes it the most potent dosha, capable of worsening Pitta and Kapha when the dosha is out of balance. Because autumn is a period of year when we are most susceptible to Vata aggravation, we must exercise greater caution.
Fortunately, there are several Ayurvedic practices that may be used in Autumn to assist maintain balance.
The phrases “grounding,” “warming,” and “routine” are important.
It is critical to maintain Vata balance throughout the year, especially if it is your dominant dosha. Vata, on the other hand, is something we should all pay attention to throughout the autumn season.
Here are some more tips to stay balanced using Ayurveda in Autumn and early Winter:
A diet high in oils and ghee, as well as spices such as ginger and cumin, is recommended. Warm breakfasts (such as porridge, stewed apples, and quinoa pancakes) should be followed by soups, stews, chapattis, kichadi (a one-pot rice and dhal dinner), and plenty of herbal teas to keep you warm. Warm milk with ginger, nutmeg, and a pinch of honey at the end of the day will help you go off to sleep. Consuming an excess of astringent, bitter, and pungent flavors such as raw food, dry muesli, chickpeas, peas, popcorn, caffeinated beverages, and sandwiches can aggravate Vata and cause constipation.
Iced foods and beverages are never a good idea, but you should be more cautious about consuming them during the autumn months.
2. Take extra care of your skin due to Vata’s drying nature.
Maintain your sense of grounding by massaging yourself with warm sesame oil on a regular basis. Work your way up from the soles of your feet to the top of your head, using sweeping strokes along muscles and circular motions around joints. Always massage the belly in a clockwise movement, starting at the top right and working your way down to the bottom left. Leave the oil on for 10 minutes before showering or taking a bath. A regular massage also helps to dilate the skin’s surface, remove toxins from the body, and promote the passage of lymph.
3. Keep to regular meal times
Lunch should be your primary meal, with a smaller dinner taken as early in the day as feasible. Make an effort to get up and go to bed at regular intervals as well. This is also an excellent time to establish a sense of routine at your workplace by taking frequent breaks, drinking herbal tea throughout the day, and not pushing yourself too hard. 4. Increase the amount of silence in your day. It’s time to re-establish contact with oneself. Experiencing sentiments of dread or uncertainty can irritate Vata, so be sure to prioritize your own well-being.
Anything that helps to minimize the amount of hurrying, traveling, and business that is a part of most people’s life is beneficial; for example, taking a stroll, practicing calming yoga (see below for more information), writing.
Ayurvedic Beauty Care – Autumn Face Mask Recipes
Try one of these three moisturizing and nourishing Autumn face masks for a quick and simple pick-me-up this season. Apply once a week to a freshly washed face and neck to achieve the desired results. After 20 minutes, relax and gently massage off with your hands or a face towel in a circular motion. These masks will stay in the fridge for 1-2 days, but it is ideal to use them as soon as they are made. Recall that healthy skin is achieved by providing the body and skin with high-quality nutrients while limiting toxin levels in the body to a bare minimum.
Using a masher, mash 14 avocados, 12 bananas, an egg yolk, and enough clay or oatmeal to bind the mixture (green or white clay are available from Neal’s Yard Remedies).
It is also possible to add a few drops of almond oil for an extra nutritious effect. 3. Avocado/orange mask: Combine 12 avocados, 2 tablespoons orange juice, 1 tablespoon honey, and 3 drops chamomile essential oil in a mixing bowl.
Ayurvedic Yoga for Autumn
Consider the words “grounding,” “warming,” and “calming.” To avoid injury, practice at a calm, smooth, and steady pace with a complete warm-up before each session (Vata predominance or aggravation can make the body stiff and more prone to injury). A simple technique for doing this is to picture yourself flowing through warm water as you move. Maintain a deep and steady breathing pattern. It is possible to achieve this through the use of Ujjayi (Victory breath), which also has the additional benefit of being a warming breath.
Keep it Gentle
Fluidity may be explored in these postures through the use of mild motions, rotation in the joints, and movement in the spine. To get the maximum benefits of the asanas, hold each position for a brief period of time (5 breaths or so), but repeat the sequence several times. Concentrate on the foundation of the pose for stability, and on grounding through the big toes and the sides of the feet so that you feel completely rooted in the position. Last but not least, don’t go overboard! Vata types are prone to exhaustion; therefore, make your practice strengthening rather than depleting.
The following poses are all beneficial at this time of year:
Poses in which you are sitting A variety of poses, such as Virasana (Hero), Siddhasana (cross-legged with the toes tucked in), Padmasana (Lotus), Vajrasana (Thunderbolt), and Lion position (Simhasana), can aid in increasing serenity and bringing groundedness to those who lead hectic lives. 2.Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutations): Perform this exercise slowly and deliberately for approximately 5 rounds. 3)Standing postures: Tadasana (Mountain), Vrkasana (Tree), Trikonasana (Triangle), Virabhadrasana 1 & 2 (Warrior), and Parighasana (Gate) all serve to center the body as well as the mind, so lowering anxiety and uneasiness.
Inversions: Sirshasana (Headstand) or resting with your legs up against the wall are also good options.
Forward bends provide immediate relief for excess Vata and are beneficial for tight lower backs and stiff spines, particularly head to knee pose, Utanasana (standing forward bend), Paschimottananasana (full forward bend- easier than standing version if back is sore), and Vajrasana (child’s pose), which compress the pelvis and Vata region and are excellent for constipation and gas.
- For those who suffer from insomnia, try a 10-minute forward bend before bedtime.
- Make sure to take as deep a breath as possible in order to get the full effects.
Savasana: For at least 20 minutes, lying down with a warm blanket and maybe an eye cushion. It is really vital not to go without saying goodbye! Yoga Nidra (also known as “psychic slumber”) is also quite useful (CDs are easy to obtain for this deeply relaxing practice).
The following books are recommended for more detail on tailoring yoga according to Ayurvedic wisdom:
Mukunda Stiles’ Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy is number one on the list (2007) D Frawley’s Yoga and Ayurveda is the second book (1999) 4. Ayurvedic Approach to Your Asana Practice: An Ayurvedic Approach to Your Asana Practice, D Frawley and S Kozak (2001) Written by Jojo Webber, Director of Ayurvedic Practitioner and Yoga Teacher at the Yoga Institute of Los Angeles. Check out our Ayurvedic retreats calendar by clicking here.
The Vata Dosha Explained in Depth
Vasant Lad’s book, The Science of Self Healing, is a must-read.
The biggest question I hear in Ayurveda is what dosha am I?
We may begin to make sense of our lives after we have a clear knowledge of our dominant Dosha(s). Everything has changed from black, white, and grey to vibrant, colorful, and clear, just like Dorothy opening the door when she lands in Oz. Numerous people are not in the best of health since they are following the advise of others on what they believe to be the healthiest option for them rather than listening to and knowing their bodies for what they actually require. Before we proceed, there are a few things you should be aware of regarding Ayurvedic doshas.
- We may begin to make sense of our lives when we have a clear grasp of our dominant Dosha(s). Everything has changed from black, white, and grey to vibrant, colorful, and clear, just like Dorothy opening the door when she first lands in Oz. Numerous people are not in the best of health since they are following recommendations for what they believe to be the healthiest option for them rather than listening to and knowing their bodies for what they genuinely require. To understand Ayurvedic doshas better, there are a few things you need know about them.
We’ll begin with the Vata Dosha, which is the principle of movement and, as a result, propels the other two doshas – Pitta and Kapha – along with it. When you balance one dosha, it is common for the other doshas to become more balanced as well.
What is the meaning of the Vata Dosha?
Vata is the element of air and space in the body, and it is associated with the mind. Despite the fact that we cannot see into space, we know that there is a sun, moon, and stars there, and we can hear since sound travels across space. There are gaps in the body, including the arteries, capillaries, veins, organs, digestive system, reproductive tract, bones, and cells, among other places. Space exists all across our body to allow us to move in the manner that we require. Air – vayu is impossible to see, but we can see what moves.
- The flow of air is our respiration, our breath, and our movement.
- If you have a strong Vata Dosha, mobility and change are inherent elements of your personality and temperament.
- You are likely to have a lean figure and a proclivity for dry skin, as described above.
- Like attracts like and opposites balance, therefore if a Vata person has an excessive amount of the same attributes, such as dryness, lightness, coldness, roughness, subtlety, mobility, and clarity, imbalances will manifest in the body.
Because there are several phases of sickness, the effects may be mild at first.
- Worry, sleeplessness, dry skin/eczema, weight loss
- Stomach sounds
- Trouble swallowing
- Dryness of throat
- And vomiting. Body tremors, quick body movements such as blinking, cramping, and poor circulation are all possible symptoms. a crack in the joint
- Osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, miscarriage, infertility, light periods, or the absence of menstruation are all symptoms of menopause. Chronic tiredness/ME, excessive sleep, lethargy, depression, and nervous system disorders are associated with Vata – Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, chronic fatigue syndrome
- Paralysis, motor neuron disease, and dementia
Cause of Vata imbalance include;
- Consuming an excessive amount of meals that are dry, chilly, light, or abrasive
- And Fasting, not eating enough food, and hence losing an excessive amount of weight Excessive aerobic activity is not recommended. Excessive sleepiness during the day and insufficient sleep at night
- Giving blood
- Exposure to loud music or sounds for an extended period of time It is necessary to suppress your normal desires, such as hunger, thirst, urine and evacuation, as well as yawning, burping and farts. Excessive travel (trains, aircraft, and vehicles! )
- Excessive reading
- Excessive meditation time, as well as prolonged periods of seclusion Cold and windy weather conditions are encountered. Excessive contemplation
- Excessive concentration, for example, as a result of prolonged exposure to electronic media
How to balance Vata
Always remember that opposites attract one other and that like attracts like.
- Always remember that opposites attract and that like attracts like.
- When it comes to the Vata dosha, routine and regularity are quite beneficial since the body understands when it is time to eat and when it is time to sleep. Self-massage with heated oil on a daily basis (known as abhyanga) makes use of a heating oil such as sesame oil to relieve stress. After that, take a shower or a bath. Mild sweating caused by exposure to sunshine or a steam bath
- Activities such as singing, listening to soft music, and participating in non-competitive activities are recommended.
- Please, take it easy! Because of the poor quality of the cell network, this might be quite challenging for Vata. Are you accustomed to being on the move? Walking, chatting, and moving are all OK. Rest more than you think you need by slowing down, taking deep breaths, and going for a stroll around the block. Making time to sit and enjoy a cup of tea while doing absolutely nothing else
- Exercises that are balancing and grounding, such as yoga (slow vinyasa, restorative, yin, yoga Nidra), walking, golf, Qi Gong, Tai Chi, and light cycling, are all good options to try. There is nothing that will increase stress on the mind and body or drain your energy levels
- Nothing. Running, horseback riding and other high-impact exercises should be avoided since they deplete your energy and raise Vata in the mind and body.
Treatment in Ayurveda takes into account the full person; hence, a person with Vata imbalances may also have imbalances in the other doshas. This is just a non-binding piece of information. If you are wanting to correct any of the imbalances, please seek expert advice and assistance; after all, your health is at stake! Are you interested in learning more, addressing symptoms, and adopting an Ayurvedic lifestyle? Learn more about our Nature’s Route initiative by visiting our website. Click here to learn more about the program and to schedule a FREE phone consultation with a representative to answer any questions you may have and to get started.
VATA Fall Survival Guide!
Ayurveda provides us with seasonal living guidelines (rutucharya), which include suggested foods, herbs, daily habits, types of exercise, colors, aromas, and Yogic practices, among other things, that will bring in the opposite energies of those that are most prevalent during that seasonal period, thereby restoring balance to our bodies. Ayurveda is a science that has been around for thousands of years. This is one of the reasons why Ayurveda is so great in terms of its simplicity and practicality.
Consider the words HEAVY and WARMMOIST.
These three Rasas, or tastes, help to balance or reduce the Vata dosha.
Avoid or limit the consumption of foods that are pungent, bitter, or astringent.
5.Avoid or restrict coffee consumption because it may be extremely unpleasant to Vata and Pitta (dry, spacy, hot, jittery, anyone?).
It provides all of the comfort and ritual of a regular cup of coffee, but without any of the negative short- and long-term side effects associated with coffee use.
6.Avoid being in cold or windy surroundings, or dress warmly, especially if your head will be exposed.
Continue to workout in a moderate and steady manner while being calm and focused!
The importance of routine cannot be overstated.
Eat, sleep, work, and wake up at the same hours every day, if at all possible.
Soak in a warm bath.
If you are new to the practice, start with simply 10 minutes every day to get your bearings.
10.Adorn your body and environment in aromas that are warming, comforting and calming,like ourVATA SACRED ESSENCE,or utilize Ginger, Orange, Clary Sage, Vetiver, Spikenard, etc.
TryUttanasana (Standing Forward Bend), Legs Up the Wall (Upavistha Konasana), and Bee Breath (Upavistha Konasana) (Bhramari Pranayama).
ADVICE FROM THE EXPERTS2.Enter a phase of internal cleaning and food simplification.
The transition between seasons, this period of rest, has long been recognized as a particularly effective and appropriate time for cleaning on both a physical and emotional level.