Vata Dosha Routine [5 Tips for Creating Balance in Your Day]

Vata Dosha Routine [5 Tips for Creating Balance in Your Day]

Hi. I’m Alicia. Establishing a supportive daily routine is
a crucial part of the Ayurvedic lifestyle, but it is extra essential when vata is provoked. Today, I want to share with you why vata benefits
from having a daily routine, how to get started in creating a routine that works for YOU,
and our top 5 tips for balancing vata with your everyday habits. Let’s get started! Vata is highly mobile and active, so when
it is elevated, we are likely to feel over-committed, stressed-out, and exhausted. Our bodies may feel fragile and run down,
our minds flighty and ungrounded. And as much as we may resist it, a sense of
routine is potent medicine for balancing vata because it creates a number of anchor points
throughout the day that serve to ground one’s energy, calm the nervous system, and disrupt
the self-perpetuating cycles of stress and busy-ness that have become the norm for so
many of us. If you are new to creating your own Ayurvedic
daily routine, we have a couple of suggestions right off the bat that will help you follow
through on your intentions. First, it’s important to note that following
an Ayurvedic daily routine does not mean that you should schedule every moment of every
day. Instead, it’s about creating consistency
with a handful of habits that are repeated each day at similar times. This invites the body to relax into a sense
of safety, normalcy, and ease. And second, while the traditional Ayurvedic
daily routine could easily require several hours of your day, we can’t emphasize enough
the importance of starting small. Begin with just a few simple commitments that
you feel confident about accomplishing every day. Even small actions done regularly can have
incredible impacts on your health and well-being—things like going to bed and getting up at the same
times each day, eating three square meals daily at roughly the same times, and pampering
yourself with one or two quiet, nourishing practices that calm the mind. Narrow down your list of potential habits
to focus on by being realistic and considering your schedule, lifestyle, and preferences. After all, this is YOUR routine, so it should
reflect what works for you. On a side note: Even though food and diet
are an essential part of a daily routine, we’re not going to discuss that in this
video. Click this link for our in-depth video on
vata foods and diet if that’s what you’re looking for. Alright. Now that we know why vata is balanced by a
daily routine and how you can begin to create your own, let’s move on to our top 5 tips
that you’ll want to consider including in your own daily routine. #1 Less is More Vata embodies the energy of movement, which
in excess can feel like “over-tasking” rather than healthy “multi-tasking.” This quickly results in scattered attention
and drained energy. Sound familiar? It’s important to remind yourself that less
is more and that, by keeping things simple, you are less likely to wear yourself out. We know. Not easy to do when vata is in the driver’s
seat! But, by letting go of unnecessary tasks throughout
the day, we tend to have more space to slow down and make better decisions, which generally
supports balance for vata and can help to prevent stress. #2 Take Rest Seriously
Where vata is concerned, getting adequate rest is super important. Try to hit the hay by 10pm—you’ll probably
sleep more soundly—and get at least 7 hours of sleep, but preferably 8 or 9. In addition to your regular sleep schedule,
allowing enough time for rest throughout your whole day is deeply rejuvenating and vata-balancing. Because excess vata can result in feeling
tired and run down, honoring the need for rest is truly one of the most important things
you can do. Leave space in your schedule for down time,
rest, and relaxation. You might even like to take some time to pamper
yourself…think massage, steam bath, or restorative yoga. Personally, when I feel my vata is high, I
find every opportunity for even a moment of rest, bonus if it includes being horizontal! I love to lay in the grass at the park or
do a restorative inversion in the middle of a long work day. That mid-afternoon break is like a reboot
to my system and keeps me feeling good for the rest of the day. #3 Get Oiled Up
The Ayurvedic practice of Abhyanga, or oil self-massage, is recommended in almost every
daily routine practice, but it’s especially important for vata. This ancient practice is incredibly calming,
nourishing, rejuvenating, and stabilizing… all things that vata could use more of consistently. If you want to learn more about Abhyanga and
how to do it, just click here. To make this practice part of your daily routine,
use about about ? cup warm herbal massage oil, our favorite is Vata Massage Oil, and
give your body some loving self-care once a day. Traditionally, it’s done in the morning
before bathing, but you may find another time in the day that works better for you. And hey, if you don’t have time to do your
whole body, at least oil your feet, hands, and ears before bed. That’s what I do when time is tight but
I know I could use the grounding effects of oil self-massage! #4 Do Nadi Shodhana aka Alternate Nostril
Breathing Yogic breathwork, or pranayama, is a potent
way to balance both the mind and the physical body. Nadi Shodhana, also called Alternate Nostril
Breathing, is a slow, energy equalizing, and deeply vata-balancing practice that reduces
stress and enhances the ability to concentrate. If you can fit even a couple minutes of Nadi
Shodhana into your morning, you will likely feel its effects throughout the day. But again, you may find another time in the
day that works better for you, and you’ll still feel the benefits. For full instructions on how to practice Nadi
Shodhana, just click here. #5 Move, but Not Too Much! When vata is high, we want to be very slow
and intentional about physical activity. Too much intense exercise can actually be
quite vata-aggravating. So, if you are going to be active, take it
easy and follow the principles of the Vata-Pacifying Approach to Fitness. Click here to read our guide! The best forms of exercise for vata are those
that are relatively slow, gentle, and grounding—things like specifically vata-pacifying yoga poses,
any gentle stretching, walking, gentle cycling, tai chi, chi gong, or swimming. The best time of day to exercise is when kapha
predominates the atmosphere, between 6–10 a.m. and 6–10 p.m. Over all, take care to listen to your body
and move slowly. Focus on cultivating fluidity in your movements. Avoid moving quickly, and see if you can foster
a relaxed, restorative relationship with your activities. And those are our top 5 tips for balancing
vata with your daily routine. We hope you find this video helpful as you
begin to craft the perfect vata-balancing daily routine for you. We’d love to hear what is a MUST in your
vata-balancing daily routine, so share with us in the comments below. Thanks for watching!

24 Replies to “Vata Dosha Routine [5 Tips for Creating Balance in Your Day]

  1. Wow, what a wonderful video. My best vata tips are to slow down, stay focused, stay hydrated, stay warm, and lube up!!! Thank you for this video. 💚🙏

  2. Tips for balancing Vata by creating Consistency.
    1. Less is More
    2. Take Rest Seriously (pamper yourself)
    3. Oil Self Massage
    4. Alternate Nostril Breathing
    5. Slow Movement

  3. thank you so much for the video and tips. as a vata – kapha individual i got to implement 2 extremes in my life… can you help me out on this with some tips on this specific rare dosha? thank you and cheers 🙂

  4. WOW now found your YOUTUBE as well, just after your website that I researched a lot today 😀

    Vata powah <3

  5. Thank you so much for these great tips! I have had aggravated Vata for a while and I have been resting a lot, eating cooked foods and taking long forest walks. Now that I am about to take a road trip I started worrying that Vata could get aggravated again by too much movement, but I feel comforted with this video that as long as I take it slow and follow my routine everything will be fine. Thank you so much 💛

  6. I am allergic to Milk, Yogurt, Watermelon and i am a vegetrian, but thinking to get back to eating meat, You telling me to avoid this and that, So basically i have nothing else to eat but AIR. Let me just die, might be easier.

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