#4 – Vata Dosha



Vata Dosha:

Vata is the Queen of the three doshas (Vata, Pita, and Kapha) because she is main vehicle of transportation of energies. Vata is the manifestation of air and space (of the 5 elements) and is responsible for a wide variety of physiological functions that involve movement.

Symptoms of Vata imbalance:

Constipation, insomnia, varying appetite, gas, bloating
Mental agitation, inability to pay attention, fast thoughts, impaired memory

Light or not restful sleep.

Diet for Vata:

Favor warm, moderately heavy foods and  use ghee.  Avoid cold and very dry food such as crackers, popcorn and dry cereal.
Good grains are rice, wheat, quinoa
Good vegetables are carrots, asparagus, yams, beets
Good fruits are Bananas, cherries, coconut, dates

In general:
Avoid excessive stimulation from  television, alcohol, tea and coffee.
Take a stroll in nature, barefooted if your climate allows it, preferably in the morning as this is grounding for vata.
Maintain a consistent schedule.  Don’t stay up too late.

Mantras for Balancing Vata Dosha

“Ram” or “Ram Namaha”  – invokes divine protection

“Hoom” or “Hoom Phat Swaha” – wards off negative influences, awakens agni, and opens the nadi channels

“Sham” or “Sham Namaha” – is very good for anxiety or depression.  This is an extremely soothing mantra.

You can repeat these mantras either using a mala to count in multiples of 108, or use the clock so you repeat the manta for 10 minutes at a time.  Mantras should be repeated easily and you can have eyes open or closed, as you prefer.  This is not mental exercise.  Relax into your practice and try to be consistent for 3-4 weeks.  Don’t over do it!  A little bit each day will work wonders.

Aparna Khanolkar is an Ayurvedic lifestyle and culinary coach in Santa Barbara. She travels throughout the LA region as a lifestyle coach and to teach workshops. She offers Vedic cooking classes in Santa Barbara and is always available for phone consultations.
Contact her at 805-698-5630 or aparna@themistressofspice.com