Vata Dosha and Yoga

What you do in your yoga practice is basically just a preparation for the work that you do on your life force. According to Ayurvedic principle, the connection between our state of mind and our physical posture is the ultimate expression of our psychological energy.

Vata types are connected to the air and space, so they are similar to the wind—dry, cool, and capable of fast, unpredictable movement and thought.

Vatas, which is prone to anxiety, overexertion, and fatigue, should practice slow and deliberate   style of yoga that allows for longer holds that don't tax the adrenal system, also pay attention to the transitions between poses, performing them with conscious awareness rather than rushing on to the next pose.

Vata persons will enjoy and do well the traditional Hatha Yoga or a practice that will involve your mind and spirit,  you will also greatly benefit from Restorative Yoga that gives your nervous system a break.

Since Vata is prone to constipation, poses that compress the pelvis are healing, including all forward bends (standing or sitting). Focus on poses that engage the lower back and thighs—major regions of the Vata dosha.

Calming and grounding yoga poses are ideal and particularly beneficial for Vata. Poses that stimulate energy flow, floor poses and spinal flexion, such as Urdhva Danurasana (floor bow pose), Bhujangasana (cobra pose) and Urdhva Mukha Savasana (upward facing dog pose).

A variety of asanas can root your feet into the ground, reducing anxiety and stress. For example,  Vrksasana (tree pose) and Tadasana (mountain pose)

Virabhadrasana I and Virabhadrasana 2 (Warrior I and II poses) are also beneficial and can help ground you, while also building strength

However the real high point of the class should be Savasana ( corpse pose), for at least 15-20 min. That’s where the real doshic integration takes place. Also, the essence of any practice is the attitude of the student.

The Vata Mind

Vata has a very busy mind. When you think of the monkey mind, think Vata. This person's thoughts will be all over the place and may jump back and forth between last night's dreams, shopping lists, and conversations had or to be had. If you find yourself to be a Vata type, you might consider a form of meditation that will keep your mind busy, focused on one object. Counting your breath or Japa Anusthana (Mantra meditation using a Mala or Rosary) will work best for you as it gives your mind a steady focal point.

Keep Calm and Centered

While our society encourages rushing and multitasking, Vatas are particularly vulnerable to becoming imbalanced and ill when they don’t have a daily routine that includes regular periods of both rest and activity. When you accumulate too much of the Vata elements of space and wind, this imbalance can manifest as illness, including anxiety, insomnia, arthritis, headaches, fibromyalgia, and digestive disorders. However, by creating a nurturing daily routine, you can restore and maintain balance and radiant health.