It is important when it comes to women’s health to stay in balance. Many imbalances are due to what is known in Ayurveda as the vata doshas. Vata is the air and ether (space) elements. It is often referred to as the king of the doshas, and controls and creates movement in the body.
These three simple tips will help bring your body back into balance and come into rhythm with nature.
1. Stay Warm and Calm
Making sure you have a warm, cozy place to curl up and relax will do wonders for your vata. Whether it is a warm bed, a hot bath, or a steam room, ensuring that your body is warm and comfortable will help to naturally correct vata imbalances. Treat yourself to massages with warm oils and stones. Surround yourself with warm colors, soothing music, and sweet aromas.
2. Proper Nourishment
Pay close attention to what you eat—food is vital in creating vata imbalances as well as resolving them. Flavors that are sweet, sour, or salty work well to restore balance. Drinking ginger tea and making sure your body is getting the right amount of healthy fats and oils can help fix imbalances, as can serving food warm. Avoid foods that are cold, frozen, or dried. Small beans should be chosen over large beans, which tend to cause gas. Other gas producing foods should also be avoided. Be cautious around flavors that are bitter or pungent.
3. Meditation and Activity
Meditation calms the mind, eases stress, and helps build a relationship with your inner self. Practicing meditation, in addition to eating well and staying warm and comfortable, is a central way to correct vata imbalances. Engaging in light exercises that promote balance and flexibility is another way. Yoga, walks, short hikes, and dancing are a few examples of activities that promote a healthy balanced vata.