Important Tips for a Balanced Ayurvedic Lifestyle from Healing Hands Specialists

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Specialist at Healing Hands Massage and Ayurvedic Spa in Puerto Vallarta issues expert opinion on a balanced Ayurvedic lifestyle. A three-part series focuses on Vata, Pitta, and Kapha.

Vata = Air + Space

Vata = Air + Space

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Lifestyle specialist at Healing Hands Massage and Ayurvedic Spa in Puerto Vallarta issues expert opinion on a balanced Ayurvedic lifestyle. The first of the three-part series defines the Vata personality and provides tips for the healthiest lifestyles. Upcoming releases cover the two other Ayurvedic personalities of Pitta and Kapha.

Like all ancient traditions, Ayurveda is based on observation of Nature. These observations have been developed and refined for at least five thousand years, but the understanding of what is necessary to create and maintain human health has remained constant throughout the ages.

Ayurveda divides human physiology into three energetic categories, or doshas. Each of these three doshas relates to different physiological functions. For humans to be in optimal health and harmony with the world around them, all three doshas must be balanced from within. This is known in Ayurveda as the Tridosha Theory.

The three doshas are called Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. While all three are part of the human condition, each person is generally influenced mainly by one or two. These influences go beyond the purely physiological and influence tastes, habits, and comfort levels. Knowing whichdosha is most dominant is an important Ayurvedic tool toward a positive life style, vibrant health and overall well-being. This series on the doshas, begins with Vata.


Vata is comprised of the natural elements of Air and Space. Like the elements to which they relate, this dosha is about mobility at all levels. Physiologically, Vata energy controls mobility functions such as blood circulation, lymphatic fluid, breakdown of food as it moves through the gastrointestinal tract, the central nervous system, breathing, blinking and heartbeat. It also impacts the body’s outer movements such as walking and gesticulating.

A Vata person in balance is filled with creativity and vitality. By contrast, a Vata out of balance can be stymied by fear and anxiety.

More specifically, a Vata in balance indicates a person who is vibrant, lively, enthusiastic, has a clear and alert mind, is flexible, imaginative, sensitive, and a great conversationalist.

A Vata person out of balance may be restless, unsettled, and sleep badly. They are likely to over-exert themselves, experience deep fatigue, constipation, worry and anxiety. They would tend to dry, flaky skin, could be underweight, easily cramp, and experience tremors or twitches.

Many events and habits could lead to an imbalance in Vata. To stay balanced,Ayurveda healing always begins with what a person does daily – food intake, sleep habits, and control of environmental factors to support health.

Recommendations for Vata health:

  •     FOOD: Take food and drink warm. Food cooked in olive oil and stir fry are best. Food flavors should be sweet, sour and salty.
  •     Avoid light diets and fasting, dry foods, cold foods, and drinks, as well as foods having predominantly pungent, bitter or astringent tastes.
  •     Eat in company - best not to eat alone or on the run.
  •     Meals should be small but frequent.
  •     ACTIVITIES: Practice a yoga form that is calming and grounding.Oil your body with grounding essential oils.
  •     Avoid cold winds and damp.
  •     Use gentle laxatives such as flax seed and psyllium husks.
  •     To support inner calm, avoid excesses of travel, television, radio, and movies. Similarly, avoid too much talking and rethinking the same issues repeatedly.
  •     ENVIRONMENT: Colors can help support health as well. Yellow, orange and red are good for Vata types. Surrounding oneself with these colors during meditation is helpful, as is dress in these colors. Avoid dark colors.
  •     Jade, peridot, and gold are supportive ornamental stones and metal.

Learn your prevalent dosha. Take a free online self-test, or call Healing Hands at 305-810-8534 to schedule an appointment or phone consultation.

Healing Hands Spa includes a licensed massage therapist, Ayurvedic practitioners, wellness coach and health mentor with more than 20 years of experience. The Spa specializes in Ayurvedic treatments and body re-education to treat pain, attain balance and achieve an optimal quality of life.

Healing Hands also offers instruction to other Ayurvedic Spas, training in advanced massage techniques, and conducts wellness seminars. 305-810-8534.

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