The Ayurveda system relies on multiple regimes to attain health and includes diet, lifestyle, yoga, life-affirming mental attitude, therapies as well as Ayurvedic medicine.
The doshas refer to specific elements of nature and every person is made up of various combinations of such doshas. Although the universal elements are divided into five - that being air, earth, fire, water and ether - the Ayurveda system only uses the three idosha to make up the individual, although the doshas incorporate all five elements in varying degrees within the doshas.
Vata is a combination or air and ether but with air being the dominant one it is contained within the body. Vata governs and controls our physical and emotional development, movements, circulation, as well as the actions of our nervous system.
People that are predominantly Vata resemble the elements of air and ether and tends to be thin, quick, light, changeable, unpredictable, talkative and enthusiastic. Creative people normally have a strong Vata component. When such people are out of balance they tend to be restless and have problems intestinal gas, constipation, insomnia, anxiety and dry flaky skin.
Vata is the controller of the life force within us, and by this leads the two other doshas.
VATA DOSHA TRAITS: The primary qualities of vata are dry, light, cool, rough, subtle and mobile. Most of these qualities are opposite to those of oil. This is why warm oil is especially good for pacifying vata.
Sesame is considered to be the “king of oils;” it is the preferred choice of oil for vata because it is inherently warming. If possible, use an untoasted, organic sesame oil. Almond oil and mustard oil are also good choices because they too are warming.
Frequency of Massage: Massage body at least once a week or as needed.
TIP: Use Calming Massage Oil. Apply oil to the feet, a very essential area for grounding and calming Vata.
Massage Technique for VATA: A gentle Swedish massage will help calm a Vata.
|Tumeric||Curcuma Longa Root Oil|
|Wintergreen||Gaultheria procumbens (wintegreen)|
|Basil||Ocimum Basilicum (Basil) Oil|
|Bay Leaves||pimenta acris (bay) leaf oil|
|Asafoetida||Ferula assafoetida oil|
|Black Pepper||Piper nigrum (Black Pepper) Oil|
|Cardamon||Cardamom (Elettaria Cardamum) Oil|
|Cedar||Cedrus deodora (Cedarwood) Oil|
|Ginger||Ginger (Zingiber Officinate) Root Oil|
|Cinnamon||Cinnamomum Zeylanicum (Cinnamon) Leaf Oil|
|Cloves||Eugenia Caryophyllata (Clovebud) Oil|
|Cumin||Cuminum Cyminum (Cumin) Seed Extract|
|Geranium||pelargonium graveolens flower oil|
|Orange||Orange (Citrus Sinensis) Peel Oil|
|Lavender||Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil|