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The Magic of Vata Yoga

Vata governs all movement processes at very small and large levels, like blinking to muscle movements. Vata is responsible for circulation, respiration, and the nervous system. It is shaped by space and air. If Vata dosha is balanced, then the two other doshas are too. Vata is the foundation of our sense of well-being which is why pacifying Vata dosha is very important.

If the Vata is imbalanced, these are the signs:

  • Dryness of skin, hair, and lips
  • Dehydration, weight loss, constipation, gas, and bloating
  • Restlessness, dizziness, feeling ungrounded
  • Poor circulation, muscle spasms, asthma, pain, and aches
  • Excessive movements like anxiety, agitation, muscle twitching, and palpitations

How to Balance Vata Dosha:

Stay Warm and Calm:

When you are relaxed, you feel cheerful and well. The heat helps take away excess Vata.

Nourish Yourself:

Consuming sweet, sour, and salty flavored food will help balance Vata.

Yoga and Meditation:

Meditation along with massages, steam, and heat treatments can help in balancing the Vata Dosha. Practicing yoga helps balance Vata faster than any other way known. Vata yoga helps establish the qualities of warmness and firmness and the feeling of well-being in the body.

Asanas for Vata yoga are calming in nature and bring a sense of balance to the body. It improves feelings like anxiety issues, constipation, and body pains. The Vata asanas yoga also strengthens the lower back to help improve Vata.

There are Vata yoga asanas that help bring equilibrium to Vata:

  • Uttanasana: Stand with feet in shoulder width apart positions, reach up with both hands clasped, and slowly bend down and try to touch the ground. You should be careful while performing this asana to ensure that you do not strain your back.

Uttanasana

  • Paschimottanasana: This asana is the seated version of Uttanasana and is performed if the back is sore.

paschimottanasana

  • Balasana: Child’s pose helps in constricting the pelvic region. You need to sit with knees bent under the bum and reach up and bend forward slowly. Place your head in a relaxed manner on the ground. Bum should not raise from touching the heels.

balasana

  • Supta Virasana: You need to bend your knees under you and then move them outward placing your bum on the ground, then slowly bend back and place your back flat on the floor. This helps strengthen the lower abdomen and lower back.

supta virasana

  • Dhanurasana: The bow pose is a popular Vata yoga asana and gives a lot of relief to the back if performed regularly. You need to lie on your stomach with your hand on the sides. Lift your legs and shoulder. Grasp your ankles and pull upward gently. The body should rest on the pelvic area. Hold the pose for a few counts.

dhanurasana

  • Ustrasana:  Kneel on the ground with your bum off the ground, bend backward and gently try to grasp your ankles. Move the pelvis area forward and bend the neck backward to get maximum advantage of this asana.

ustrasana

  • Surya Namaskar: It is the 12 step exercise that allows the body to move calmly into different poses and asanas. It starts with standing erect, then raising your hands upwards, and bending backward. Then you proceed to bend forward, trying to touch the ground, then take your legs back one by one into plank position. The 5th step is the child’s pose, then lie with your stomach on the ground and move into the cobra pose, where you push your upper body towards the sky with your arms holding you up. You then move into mountain pose and then into child’s pose once more. Bring your legs forward to come into a standing position and stand erect again.

surya namaskar

  • Vrikshasana: Standing tree pose. Stand with one foot on the ground and the other on the upper thigh. Join your hands together straight above your head, then hold for a minute before switching the legs. Balancing calmly on one leg will help you find balance and relax.

vrkshasana

  • Malasana: Squat with feet apart and place your hands in between your legs, then join them and push your knees apart with your elbows.

malasana

  • Ardha Matsyendrasana: Sit with both legs stretched in front of you, place one leg folded while crossing the other, turn back in the opposite direction and feel your backstretch.

ardha-matsyendrasana

  • Upvistha Konasana: Seated on the floor, with legs stretched in front of you, spread your legs to an almost 90-degree angle. Stretch hands upward and bend forward, trying to touch the head to the floor.

upavishtha-konasana

  • Jathara Partivartanasana: Lie on the floor with arms spread on the sides in T position, raise your legs off the floor, rotate the pelvis to one side and drop the knees slowly to the same side, hold and repeat in the other direction.

jathara parivartanasana

[Cautionary note: In all of the above cases please consult a practicing specialist & get checked before taking any medicines.]

Disclaimer: This article is only written for informational purposes only. Users must not view the content as medical advice in any way. Users are also required to ’NOT SELF MEDICATE’ and always consult a practicing specialist before taking any medicines or undergoing any treatment. DivyaAyushCare and the author will not be responsible for any act or omission by the User arising from the User’s interpretation of the content.

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