General Vata balancing program
In this page you can read about how to balance vata (air-ether elements) in your body and mind.
Follow the recommendations below if your prakruti (birth dominant) is vata, or if you have a vikruti (imbalance) in vata.
You can find out your prakruti/vikruti by the PDE (present dominating elements) self-test at the bottom of this page.
- Get enough rest
- Wake up slowly in the morning
- Keep warm
- Avoid alcohol and tobacco
- Maintain regular habits
- Try to eat at similar times every day
- Choose quiet and calm environments
- Avoid too strenuous activities
- Take regular oil massage
- Go to sleep at the same time every night
- Go to bed on time
- Choose foods that are warm, cooked, nourishing, and easy to digest
- Choose food that is natural sweet, sour and salty in its core taste
- Avoid food that is light, dry and cold in character
- Reduce food that are bitter, astringent and pungent in its basic taste
- Use the right spices to maintain the digestive fire in the stomach that can improve the metabolism and reduce gas related problems
- Avoid dry, light snacks like chips and popcorn, especially in the evening
- Sweet taste is essential for balancing vata but avoid refined sugar
- Eat meals quite frequently
- Don’t skip meals
- Prepare your own food and eat it warm
- Consider food as a treat and make every meal a celebration
- Eat the right quantity of food according to your stomach condition
- Don’t eat or drink when anxious or have fear in mind
- Eating warm food is like an inner blanket for the mind especially in cold climate
For a list of specific food that balances vata click here!
Here you find a basic yoga program to balance vata. For instructions on how to perform the asanas, longer programs and therapeutic yoga for 50 different symptoms/diseases refer 'Yoga is my therapy'/'Yoga är min terapi'.
To think about when practicing yoga for vata
- Be in the moment
- Keep your energy level even
- Perform the asanas slowly
- Be calm and centred
- Avoid fast movements
- Take care of yourself
- Don’t give up
Dharana is the initial state of meditation, used in the beginning of your yoga program to draw maximum concentration into your practice.
Dhyana is practiced at the end of your yoga program. Dhyana means a state of meditative mind and while Dharana draws your focus into a single thought, Dhyana dissolute every single thought by the feeling of being in the moment. Staying in one feeling without any thoughts can be a challenge for the beginners but through the continuous practice your mind will gradually reach there.
Dharana and dhyana can be practised outside your yoga practise too. In that case chose a position where you can be relaxed but awake in mind and body, for example Diamond pose or any of its variations.
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