Ayurveda - Meditation, Pranayama, Mantra & Essential Oils for Balancing "VATA" Mind-Body Types

This Rahini Yoga Blog is part of Kind Karma's Mission Program called, "AHHH!" Ayurveda Holistic Health & Healing. This Kind Karma program - "AHHH" - promotes Loving Kindness courses, boosts positive thinking, empowers yourself to make healthy lifestyle changes and improves your physical and spiritual wellness.  

The AHHH sound is a sacred healing syllable that resonates in our hearts, developing loving kindness, compassion and peace --- towards yourself and others.  Physically, the AHHH sound benefits the lungs, and respiratory illnesses such as asthma, bronchitis, and colds. 

AHHH is also the sound of growth of life and it brings up the realization of our radiant nature; imparting energy, openness, expansion and empowerment.

Another potent benefit of the AHHH is that it's the sound of releasing and letting go, as in a very long sigh or exhale after taking a deep inhale.

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"A daily meditation practice empowers us to react less, adapt more, and respond positively or neutrally in our lives." - Dr. Dean Telano

Ayurveda 101: Mind-Body Types - Doshas

In Ayurveda, the three Doshas - Vata, Pitta and Kapha - are derived from the five basic elements (Pancha Mahabhutas): Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Ether or Space. Vata is composed of Air and Ether; Pitta of Fire and Water; and Kapha of Earth and Water. 

Also known as mind-body types, the doshas express unique blends of physical, emotional, and mental characteristics.  The doshas are biological energies found throughout the human body and mind.  They govern all physical and mental processes and provide every living being with an individual blueprint for health and fulfillment.

Understanding Vata

Vata (Elements = Air + Ether/Space) 

Vata is linked to creativity, flexibility and adaptability.  Vata governs all movement - the flow of the breath, the pulsation of the heart, blood flow, body and joint movements, muscle contractions, elimination of wastes, and communication throughout the mind and the nervous system.

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Vata Mind-Body Types are as light, changeable, and unpredictable as the wind.  They have a thin, light frame; excellent agility; can be underweight; and typically have dry skin and hair and cold hands and feet.  Vatas tend to have a variable appetite and with a sensitive digestion system.  They move and think quickly, love excitement and change and are light sleepers.  Their veins and joints are often quite prominent and they generally have dry skin tending toward roughness.  They are often attracted to astringent food such as salads and vegetables, but their bodies actually need sweet, sour, and salty tastes.  Vatas walk quickly and are always in a rush.  Due to mobile quality of vata, they do not like sitting idle but prefer constant activity.  They are attracted to traveling and vigorous physical activities, but because they tend to have less stamina, they can easily become overtired - their energy comes in bursts and are likely to experience sudden bouts of fatigue.

One of the main psychological qualities of vata is readiness to change or, to put it another way, difficulty with stability and commitment.  They get easily bored and have a hard time settling down and staying grounded.