on 07-26-2007 at 03:33 PM (933 Views)
Ayurveda is a form of traditional medicine, based in India.
I used to be very much into ayurveda, and just saw that I am not eating enough nuts for my constiution. I will post the chart of recommended foods and herbs a little later.
In case you find that you are VATA also, here is more info on VATA DOSHA :
In Ayurvedic philosophy, vata dosha plays a critical role in the functioning of our body and mind. It is responsible for all movement including breathing, elimination, secretions, motor skills and sensory functions. Vata dosha also governs the feeling of pain, the emotion of fear, and thoughts of creativity.
Each of us has a unique capacity for channeling vata into the healthy functioning of our body and mind. Once this capacity is surpassed an imbalance begins to manifest. This manifestation will usually first appear as modest physical or mental discomfort. If left unchecked, a chronic vata dosha imbalance can eventually lead to disease.
Common Vata dosha imbalances:
Nervousness, anxiety, panic, fear
Twitches, tics, tremors, spasms
Cracking and popping joints
Dry or chapped skin
Dry, hard stools, constipation or gas
Low body weight, emaciation
Dislike of cold and wind
Difficulty tolerating loud noises
Light, restless sleep
Spacey, scattered feeling
Excess thinking or worrying
If you could see vata and describe its qualities you might conjure up an image of a windy autumn day. Vata is cold, dry, light, rough, mobile and subtle.
the VATA MIND
An incessant internal chatter characterizes vata in the mind. Scattered thoughts can send the mind on tangents making it difficult to concentrate. An out-of-control mind can also lead to fear and anxiety, which are the classic vata emotional imbalances.
Simplify your life wherever possible. Too often, vata imbalances lead to biting off more than can be chewed. The busy-bee is a vata bee. Identify what is most important to you in life and let go of the rest.
Focus on one thing at a time. Although multi-tasking is a coveted skill this day and age, it is not so good for vata. Instead choose one task and focus on driving it to completion.
Meditation is concentration on the divine and can be very calming for vata. All major religions have practices of meditation, whether it is the concentration on an aspect of the divine, sitting in silence repeating a mantra, or the repetition of prayer.
Developing a daily routine with consistent times for waking, meditating, eating, working, exercising, relaxing and sleeping is very helpful for soothing vata. Anywhere you can add structure and regularity to your daily activities will help pacify vata.
In your daily activities seek to incorporate the qualities of being calm, passive and grounded to offset the frenzied, inconsistent activity and scattered feeling of vata aggravation. Slow down, take your time, and breathe deeply.
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