Top Tips

Our top things a beginner can do to reduce their vata imbalance!

How to Restore Your Balance.

Go through each item on this list. Each of these should contain an easy immediate action, that you can put into place right now. Practice makes perfect! Remember, it takes three weeks of repeating something daily for it to become a habit. So, don’t forget to bookmark this page and come back to try again often.

Keep hydrated.

Drink plenty of water – buy a portable water bottle you’d enjoy carrying, and a water jug and glass that you like. Keep them by your work station every day. Drinking two Litres a day is a good start. For vats, this is one of the easiest things to control. If you don’t have a water jug, get into the habit of pouring yourself two large glasses at a time, instead of one.

Set Waking and Sleeping Times.

Traditionally the best time for Vata imbalances to rise was 7am – the latest of all the doshas! Whatever yours is, you should know what it is from memory – regularity is the key. If you have a Vata imbalance you will be more likely to wake in the middle of the night, so go to sleep early to compensate. You might set your own alarm for going to bed regularly, too.

Stay Warm.

Don’t let yourself get too cold. Don’t push yourself like other doshas can, too. For an idea of how easy you should take it, some ayurveda doctors counsel vata sufferers from even avoiding driving down bumpy roads!

Set a Regular Eating Time.

Likewise, eating regularly (and not skipping meals) will help vata types. Perhaps a timetable will keep you regular, hmm? Don’t eat on the run and never eat and drive.

Cook Everything.

You should bake lettuce if you can find a way! Remember, counter-intuitively – raw = bad, warm is good.

Drink Vata Tea

Check out people’s favorites in the Vata Store!

Massage with Vata Oils.

We also have the best recommended oils to rub with daily. Essential in traditional medicine.

Gentle Exercise.

Unlike Pitta and Kapha types, you don’t need to raise a sweat to be healthy. Gentle walking, or an exercise like light yoga or t’ai chi, is ideal.

Nap With Confidence!

As Vatas have lots of energy around 2-6am, and little from 2pm – 4pm, the latter is a perfect time for a daily nap.

Go to bed early.

Early to bed, early to rise, is good advice for Vata. Vatas also benefit from warm baths, meditation, reading peaceful books, or other calming activities before bed.

Avoid Vata Stimulating Foods

Which is anything cold or lukewarm, chilli, broccoli, popcorn, coffee, kidney beans, potatoes and nuts.

Meditation.

However, vatas are prone to trying to ‘achieve’ things in meditation, as in the rest of their lives! For this reason, a ‘non goal’ orientated meditation practice is best. See our future meditation for vata article.

Reduce Caffeine.

A simple one. Suprisingly, green tea is also not helpful for vatas. Coffee also makes you tired, and only gives us a kick back up to ‘pre-coffee’ levels. Cut back and you will be surprised how little you need it.

Have More Vata Reducing Foods in Your Diet

Check out our best foods for vatas in our Vata Diet (coming soon). Add one (or three!) to your regular meal options this week. Includes foods that are high in cinnamon, sweet, sour, pungent and salty tastes. For instance, pasta soup is a vata’s best friend.

Make Sure You Have Regular Income, and Employment.

Anything that is stressful is to be generally avoided, as vata types can ruminate. Having regular, simple employment (that is methodical, and hard to worry about) suits a vata.

Reduce Stresses.

It is important to ground a vata type, so consider adding: planning, filing, organizing, advice-getting, medical checkups, insurance, and task completion. Avoid renting, complicated or un-secure self employment, a single lifestyle, and acting without researching and knowledge.

Also:

  • Try self massage with vata oil each day.
  • Also, learning about the other doshas that make up your essential nature – pitta and kapha – will help you create new role models and ways of behavior. We are giving you a quick primer in an upcoming article, or Ayurveda Treatment can help teach you about these.

Can you think of any other ways to reduce vata, even if they are unusual methods? What have you found works and what is hard to do?