The Vata Dosha and our mind

By Angela Glaz

500 Hour E-RYT and Ayurvedic Counselor

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The Vata Dosha

·      One of the three body constitutions of Ayurveda, consisting of the elements air and space.

·      Holds the qualities of: light, cold, rough, dry, and mobile.

·      Known as the mover, as well as the king of the doshas because without it, the other doshas couldn’t move.

·      Actions and functions: pumping of the heart, removing waste, breathing, moving the vocal chords for speech, cultivating creativity in the mind, and regulating sensory and motor nerve impulses.

How the Vata Dosha Effects the Mind

While the Vata dosha plays a lead role in the functioning of our body and mind, when in excess, that movement can lead to mental disturbances such as: worrying, the inability to focus, daydreaming, and in extreme cases hallucinations. These imbalances then can also become roadblocks in our journey to becoming present.

How to regulate excess Vata in the Mind

Give up or cut back on caffeine

Caffeine is a stimulant and when we add a stimulant to an already over stimulated body and mind, it will make it that much harder for the mind to make its way to the present.

Do one thing at a time

Ayurveda believes that our minds can only be associated with one sense organ at a time, and while our mind can move very quickly and make us think that we can multi-task, we really can only focus on one thought or perception at a time.

Touch the earth with your hands or bare feet

It’s been confirmed by numerous studies that grounding, or touching the earth, significantly impacts stress reduction by shifting us from the fight or flight state to the rest and digest state.

Get enough sleep

Sleep is when our body and mind digests and repairs from the previous day’s experiences. When we are not able to or don’t allow ourselves to get at least 6-8 hours of sleep, the first things to feel the effects is our mind. Lack of sleep can cause us to feel unfocused or even moody, as well as affect our memory and our ability to process information.