In Ayurveda, “Dosha” is often misunderstood as one’s personal constitution. However, dosha refers to the elemental combinations that affect one’s daily life. “Prakruti” is the correct term for referring to one’s personal constitution.
There are 7 types of dosha and each one is prone to the elements that constitute them. Since we are looking at Vata dosha, the elemental make-up is predominantly Air & Space. These combined elements make for very creative and active people. They can have great ideas and are able to change their thoughts quickly and easily. They are usually great problem solvers on a team.
Unfortunately, they are prone to sleepless nights, digestive issues, and bursts of energy that leave them exhausted.
It’s important to do a proper test under the guidance of someone who knows the context Prakruti or chances are high that the test will be done incorrectly.
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 and ground 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 slower moving power class over a fast moving flow class.
More than any other dosha, Vata dosha will benefit from having a regular routine of yoga, sleep, and mealtimes.
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 daily life. Also, a practice of Nadi Shodhana or alternate nostril breathing will help each day.
This is only one of the many tips that we will talk about in my upcoming Ayurveda For Yogis.
Feel free to ask any questions via the comments or get in touch with me directly v email. I have gained so much from understanding this time-tested system for health and well being!