Ayurveda is a form of science that has its roots fixed in ancient India where it was widely practised about 5000 years ago. Even though Ayurveda still widely practiced in India, the health benefits and its importance is just beginning to spread its wings in the West.
This form of healing focuses on bringing back balancing one’s body by following a steady diet and a disciplined way of living. Ayurveda also serves as a health guide for vata for those suffering from an imbalance.
Symptoms of increased Vata
- Constipation, excessive gas, dry, bloating, hard stools
- Twitches, tremors, ticks, spasms
- Anxiety, nervousness, panic, fear
- Lower body weight than normal
- Dislike of wind and cold
- Light or interrupted sleep
- Excessive worrying or thinking
How to balance Vata
Your Vata levels may get completely thrown off if you’re suffering from extreme stress. As a result, the sense of not being in control will take over your regular thought process, and you may experience symptoms like anxiety and insomnia. Your diet may also become unbalanced as you will often feel like skipping a meal and go to bed earlier than expected.
Some of the best tried and tested methods of bringing back Vata balance are the following:
Wear adequate clothing: This is a preventive measure against the effects of change of seasons. Wearing enough clothes will shield you from the consequences of cold weather and keep you safe from cough and cold. Wearing appropriate clothes based on the season is crucial and should not be ignored.
Abhay massage: Whenever you’re feeling stressed out or anxious, perform a daily massage on your body using oils like almond and sesame. These heavy oils have therapeutic quality as they penetrate deep within the skin to heal the muscles and bring a glow to your skin.
Exercise regularly: Performing light exercises daily improves not only physical health but also your mood. You may perform yoga, tai chi, aerobics, or just go for a simple walk or bicycle a few miles.
Drink ginger tea: Medical science has proven that fresh ginger root has multiple benefits when consumed frequently. By introducing a bit of ginger to your favorite sessions can work wonders for your health.
What to avoid?
Negative thoughts: Even though we are quite helpless when it comes to managing our thoughts and emotions, focusing on the positives of life can help bring balance to our Vata.
Fasting: This can turn out to be harmful if the person does not know the ideal time to fast.
Excessive travelling: This will increase Vata leading to stress and other types of mental disturbances, it’s best avoided.