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Balancing Your Vata Dosha with Yoga

September 20, 2021 2 min read

The Vata dosha, the combination of air and water elements, tends to be thin, creative, and energetic. Of the three dosha constitutions—Vata, Pitta, and Kapha—the Vatas can become a creaky jointed, itchy, cold, anxious mess without the proper balance of food, yoga, and lifestyle choices.  

There are plenty of ayurvedic resources and practitioners available for a deep dive into these universal elements as they pertain to you. For now, this is a quick primer for the Vata dosha.

Here are a few techniques to offer balance when the Vata type goes a little haywire.

Yoga Sequence

  1. Start in Tadasana for grounding and preparing yourself to linger in poses a little longer than usual.  
  2. Utilize the Classic Sun Salutation (Surya Namaskara A and B) about five times each.  
  3. When transitioning from Namaskara B to Warrior II, actively rest in this pose (each side) for more extended periods, even ten breaths.
  4. Transition to Triangle Pose to go deep and long. Emphasize the holding and the longer breaths.
  5. Move through Extended Side-Angle Pose, then to Eagle Pose on each side.
  6. Let go and then engage in the glorious Wide-Stance Forward Bend. And chill in release for ten breaths.
  7. Reset to Tadasana with a sequence of Namaskara A to follow.
  8. Transition to Crescent Lunge and move into Warrior III.
  9. Move to the floor for Child's Pose, with a panoply of options after that: Bharadvaja's twist (on each side), Plow, and Raised Leg Pose.  
  10. End in Savasana with release, gratitude, and balance.
Vata Dosha | Mukha Yoga

Seated Eagle Arms Pose

Nutrition Choices

Avoid beverages that cool you or foods that are dry. Instead, go for warmed foods (as opposed to a crisp salad with croutons) like sweet potato puree, lentil stew, and steamed rice bowls loaded with cooked vegetables. Avoid eating raw vegetables as they put the Vata's gut in distress. Warm or cook everything for internal balancing, as Vata's are prone to indigestion (i.e., constipation, gastrointestinal bloating, etc.)

Exercise Options

Vata doshas reach a balance with less high-intensity workouts but more low-intensity 30-minute sets of walking, hiking, or biking each day. Think slow pace and low weight-bearing exercises for optimal Vata outcome.

Tricia Louvar l Mukha Yoga

By Tricia Louvar; All Rights Reserved @2021

Tricia Louvar l Mukha YogaBy Tricia Louvar; All Rights Reserved @2021