Managing Vata Dosha during recovery
Posted on June 26th, 2016
People with a Vata constitution are always moving, whether it is physically or mentally with the speed of their thoughts. Vata types easily get distracted from finishing tasks due to their emotional and mental thoughts. They tend to be anxious and sensitive. Vata types are, however, blessed with creativity and an enthusiasm for life. When they are focused they can be very productive. Symptons of high Vata include depleted energy, loss of sleep, fear, anxiety, insecurity and confusion.
Recovery can be hard for a Vata type as they face mandatory stillness, the complete opposite of their natural state. The stagnant energy during recovery can be hard for anyone, but Vata types easily let it affect their mental thoughts, suddenly overwhelming themselves with an abundance of negative thoughts that aren’t healthy for healing and in general.
How to balance Vata:
If possible, spend time outside. Whether you take a short walk barefoot or just sit or work outside, electrons are transferred from the earth into the body that provide many benefits. Scientific research has emerged showing that earthing provides better sleep, reduces pain and a provides a happier physiological state. All doshas benefit from being outside but especially Vatas who need to be grounded.
While recovery can really limit your ab workout, finding ways to connect and strengthen the core is beneficial to Vata types. Even if it is simple awareness to engage the abs with physical therapy exercises and when walking with crutches. When you get the green light from your doctor or PT, Navasana, also known as boat pose, is great way to engage the samana vayu in your core.
Alternate nostril breathing with kumbhaka at the end of the inhale (retention of breath), ujjayi breath and bhramari (humming bee breath).
Alternate Nostril Breathing (Nadi Shodhana):
-Use the right thumb to close the right nostril. Inhale to fully expand the lungs.
-At the end of the inhale, retain the breath for a few moments.
-On the exhale, bring the ring and pinky finger to close the left nostril. Release the right nostril. Exhale for the same amount of time as the inhale.
-Do as many rounds as needed until your breath is smooth and even, and your heart rate is lowered.
-Breath is slow and steady as you inhale and exhale through both nostrils. Partially close your throat muscle (glottis). You should be able to feel the breath in the roof of your mouth as you inhale and exhale.
-Inhale quickly and deeply through the nose.
-Close the ears by pressing on the outer part of the ear ligament with the index and middle. Make sure to seal the ear fully.
-Keep the ears closed and exhale combining the letters nnmmm.
Vata types need to calm the mind. Find time to still the thoughts and mind, disconnect and return to a balanced state of being. Mantra is very effective to prepare for meditation.
Call a good friend or watch a funny, feel-good movie. Laughter is the best medicine. Especially when in an anxious or fearful state, everything seems so serious and heavy so laughter serves as a reminder not to get too carried away with the thoughts. All thoughts are fleeting and the bad ones will pass.
Find a creative outlet:
Find a new hobby or activity to expend creative energy, such as drawing, singing, blogging or writing.
A great natural way to uplift and calm the mind. Dab some oil onto your palms and inhale. It’s very relaxing to add a few drops to a bowl of hot water and place towel over head for a lovely aromatherapy facial steam.
Oils for anxiety: Sandalwood, Rose, Jasmine, Lavender.
Oils for stress: Orange, Jasmine, Lemon, Vanilla, Bergamont, Ylang Ylang, Chamomile.
Hope these tips help to soothe and manage Vata. Happy healing! xo