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Aug 08, 2018 10:22am

Vata the Mata

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Whenever you hear the word Ayurveda, you hear the words – Vata, Kapha and Pitta. What is Vata? We must understand the fact that these are fundamental energies (doshas) that make up the human body and are responsible for ensuring normal functions of the body. If these energies are functioning normally, then there are no diseases, but when it becomes imbalanced, diseases happen.
Similarity with mothers
Normally, I would say Vata is the Mata. Vata is what moves. It is that energy in the body which is responsible for all movements in the body, be it blood circulation, food, nutrition, waste products or nerve impulses. Anything that is moving in the body is facilitated by Vata. As long as vata is balanced, or happy, all movement will be in the natural state. If it goes out of balance, we begin experiencing discomfort and diseases.
Vata is like the mother in a traditional Indian household. She cooks, she cares for everyone and moves everyone, all day long. If she is happy, things go around normally in the house, but the moment she becomes displeased or unwell, everything stops! This is similar to the nature of Vata dosha. If Vata has to be happy, she must be pampered. Vata is dry, cool, light and mobile. So what you need to do is very simple.
Keeping Vata happy
Vata does not like coolness. Always keep your body warm and wear adequate clothes, especially if you live in a cold area. Massage your body with sesame oil. Your food must be unctuous. Eat fresh and warm food and put some ghee in it. Avoid anything that is dry or cool. Chips, popcorn, crackers, cold drinks, ice-creams must be avoided. Dairy products are recommended. You can also take sweet fruits and nuts.
Another two thing that Vata likes are rest and stability. Take some time to lie down and rest. Shavashana is a good technique to lie down and ground your Vata. By doing these simple things you can avoid 80 different types of diseases like poor circulation, constipation, body pains weak digestion, and other diseases that are caused by Vata. Maintaining a fixed routine is also known to be useful. Wake up at a fixed time, preferably during the Brahm Muhurta, and keep a fixed timing for all of your daily activities like meals, baths and rest.
Vata may be affected by your lifestyle or changing environmental conditions. Know your body type and follow Ayurveda to stay healthy.

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