Category Archives: Vata Dosha

Basti: The Ayurvedic Enema and its Multitude of Health Benefits and Uses

If you are familiar with Ayurveda you may have heard of the term Basti.  Basti’s literal translation is “bladder”, however, the Basti therapy referred to in Ayurveda is often talking about the application of the herbal enema.  As a direct pathway into the colon, the Ayurvedic enema is very powerful for treating a number of issues and ailments, as well as cleansing toxins (ama) from the intestines.  Since the colon is the home of Vata dosha, more often than not, Basti is used to treat Vata disorders including constipation, dryness, depletion, insomnia, nervous system disorders, arthritis, osteoporosis, and the like.  Although it is considered the main treatment for Vata, different herbs and substances can be utilized to target other doshas and imbalances as well.  Continue reading »

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An Ayurvedic Nighttime Routine for a Calm Mind and Sound Sleep

calming-bathJust as it is essential to have a consistent and healthy routine for the daytime (known as Dinacharya in Ayurveda), it is equally as essential to have a soothing nighttime routine in order to wind-down and de-stress each night before bed.  By welcoming in calming activities in the evening time, we are allowing the energy to ground and the mind to quiet.  The stress that has accumulated throughout the day is able to be processed and released, allowing us to sleep deeper, longer and more soundly.  With sleep disorders being one of the most prevalent issues I encounter as a practitioner, this article should be able to help those of all ages and body-types as we bring a bit more intention and attention to our nightly habits. Continue reading »

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How to Modify the Kitchari Cleanse for your Dosha

vata kitchari ingredientsThe Kitchari Cleanse is a common protocol for detoxification in Ayurveda.  Although it is widely practiced, there are many different methods of administration depending on the needs of the individual.  Therefore it is essential to establish any disorder or imbalance that is currently present in order to gain the most out of your cleanse, and more importantly avoid further complications.   Continue reading »

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14 Powerful Ways to Reduce Anxiety with Ayurveda

nature meditationAs an Ayurvedic practitioner, one of the most prevalent emotional disorders I deal with on a regular basis is anxiety.  With our current society of go-go-go, non-stop electronics and constant stimulation, it is truly not surprising.  In fact, I even have had my own recurring battles with anxiety in the past.  Thankfully through the wisdom of Ayurveda, I have come to find emotional balance in my life, and now have helped many others reduce their anxiety allowing them to find a place of stability in their body and mind.     Continue reading »

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Ask Ayurveda: What is the Best Type of Ayurvedic Detox for Vata Types?

kitchari cleanseAsk Ayurveda: 

“I am curious about detoxing and Ayurveda.  I try to do a cleanse at least twice a year, and in the past I have typically done either juice fasts or even water fasts.  I recently saw an Ayurvedic practitioner in my area and they assessed that I was a Vata type.  I have since read more on Vata body-types and it seems like raw juice and fasting is not recommended for me.  I guess it makes sense since I get really spacey, lethargic, gassy and constipated during the fasts.  It  is great that I learned this information, but now I am looking to do a cleanse in the near future.  What is the best Ayurvedic cleanse for Vata types?  I work a lot, so I hopefully can sustain my energy during the cleanse as much as possible!”  Detox Dilemma Continue reading »

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Vata-Soothing Root Veggie Stew

root stewThis earthy, grounding, Vata-soothing dish is a great option for the fall and winter months or anytime Vata dosha is high.  This colorful array of roots and vegetables is a great way to get a wide range of vitamins, nutrients and antioxidants into your daily diet.  The addition of ghee and Ayurvedic spices increases the health properties by boosting the digestive fire and allowing the body to readily absorb the nutrients.     Continue reading »

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How to Balance Vata Dosha

shirodharaVata dosha is the energetic force in the body that relates to the Air and Space element. Vata governs over all movement including circulation, respiration, and perception. Unfortunately, being the only dosha which possesses the ability to move, Vata is typically the easiest and most common dosha to become elevated or imbalanced.    Continue reading »

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