Your dosha is determined by your metabolic reactions to various stimuli. For instance, some dosha types are more prone to digestive issues, mental traits or allergies. There’s a long list of possibilities and 8 dosha types possible!
Quite a few of my dear friends are “Vata” dosha. I hesitate to list too many traits here, as it’s important to do a proper test to fully understand one’s dosha.
Having said that, Vata dosha is characterized by a very changeable, movement- oriented type of constitution. Generally, Vata types are prone to over thinking, rapid fluctuations in their energy, insomnia, and digestive difficulty.
Knowing our personal constitution allows us to make easy changes in daily life that promote health and balance. Knowledge is power!
One of the best things for a Vata dosha person is to do when they are feeling out of balance is a slower yoga practice. Either a Hatha class with long holds, a restorative or yin practice. This really helps to balance their fluctuating energy.
This doesn’t mean that they cannot do what we might characterize as a “stronger” practice. It means though, that may feel better with a power class over a fast moving flow class.
More than any other dosha, Vata dosha will benefit by having a regular routine of yoga.
Even a simple 5-minute at home practice 3 times/week of lying on a bolster with their eyes closed will bring calm and balance to their fluctuating energies.
This is only one of the many tips that we will talk about in my upcoming Ayurveda for Everyone Drop-in classes.
It runs on Mondays 6:30pm-8:00pm March 14, 21, April 4, 11, 18 & 25th at 5877 Fraser St. in Vancouver.
Feel free to ask any questions via the comments or get in touch with me directly with email. I have gained so much from understanding this time-tested system for health and well being!