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Ayurveda Balancing Vata

Balancing Vatas QualitiesVata substances have many qualities or attributes. These are given below in capital
lettersalong the left margin. One can offset balance palliate reduce the disturbed principle byavoiding
certain diet lifestyle and other e!periences and by "O#$% some things of theopposite attribute or energy.
&ead and follow the list below for how to balance vata. AVO#" the 'A(#TA)#*+" by "O#$% the following to help
balance Vata "&,-avoid or reduce raw foods dry climates alcohol eat oily foods-coo. with oiladd ghee
to breads not toasted add oil to salads etc/ daily oil massage ma.es the s.insofter and helps strengthen
yet soften it-sesame is antiviral antibacterial antifungalantineoplastic 0colon cancer and melanoma1/ oil
in other orifices is also a good idea for similar reasons/ most soaps2determents are drying 2 harsh to s.in-
use soaps 0notdetergents1 such as castile soap/ essential fatty acids are important for the maintenance
of the cell membranes liquidity fle!ibility )#%3T-avoid windy areas2weather high altitudes/ light foods
should be reduced 0theylac. oiliness or protein4li.e components1/ substitute heavy bedding 2 clothing for
light bedding 2 clothing-heavy things help ground vata/ alcohol is light and should beavoided/ the color
green is good for reducing vata 0green is nourishing and probablyheavy in this conte!t1 while blac. is to be
avoided/ day sleep may be an important behavioral modification for those struggling with light body weight/
at times sleep in thenight will be light for this group of people in which case herbal strategies might
includenutmeg valerian s.ullcap etc. 'O)"-avoid situations which promote provo.e increase or
otherwise bring your attention to depression attachment worry fear an!iety hopelessness
insecurityhelplessness/ avoid cold food drin. 5 weather 2 air conditioning cold dairy sweetsyogurt 0and
especially in evening1 aged cheeses cucumbers/ to promote and increasedigestive function affected by
this attribute eat pungent foods and spices such as chilies blac. pepper ginger cayenne cumin a6vain
hing 0asafetida1 mustard seeds drin. copper water 0water stored overnight in pure copper container1/ favor
hot 2 moist saunashot moist living climates/ meditate daily to stimulate mental fire use mustard oil
incoo.ing or e!ternally for its heating property 0when oil is not contraindicated1/ wear warm clothing
scarves hats to prevent chilling in cool windy weather etc./ despite theabove advice to wal. barefoot for
grounding avoid wal.ing on cold surfaces

&O7%3-avoid eating raw foods which are rough in their nature/ rough surfacesirritate vata sensibilities/
many cleansers are rough to s.in so avoid them by using glovesetc./ the feature is implied in uneven
sleeping surfaces-avoid them/ avoid e!periencingsentiments that are harsh cruel crass rough 87BT)+
-those sensory mental emotional e!periences which are strong and createimpressions on the
person should be avoided/ alcohol is subtle and should beminimi9ed2avoided/ stimulants generally should
be avoided :OB#)+ 2 +&&AT#'-avoid e!cessive physical or mental activity/ avoid physicalactivity that is
stop4and4go in its quality/ avoid vigorous physical activity during the vatatime ;4< (:/ daily routine should
be regular to help control this vata quality/ groundingactivities help slow down vata-wal.ing on the earth in
bare feet or wor.ing in the soil0gardening1 with bare hands/ ga9ing at the mountains helps ground vata
movement/creating bonds with groups and things helps build roots-e.g. owning pets and 6oiningaffinity or
support groups/ swaying swinging agitated movements of limbs is a sign of deficient2defective rest which
suggests that one should stop the nervous motion ande!pand and improve the quantity2quality of
rest ')+A&-clear quality accompanies light and rough things or foods especially airalcohol and such/
one should reduce e!posure to these/ ta.e more oily2heavy food0cloudy foods are opposite to clear-these
include mil. products1/ viewing coloredmaterials-colored light colors in nature etc. in the green red
orange and yellowspectra helps balance this feature of vata 0while other colors are strictly spea.ing
oppositeto clear these are not balancing to vata1/ alcohol is clear and should be avoided B#TT+&-bitter
taste in the mouth is indication of high vata/ avoid or reduce bitter tasting foods such as mustard collard
greens etc./ bitterness in emotions producesseparation 2 isolation44situations which provo.e it should be
avoided/ isolation in life alsoleads to increased bitterness and suggest a balance of social interaction for
ahealthy2happy life

A8T&#$%+$T-avoid or reduce astringent foods as they are drying-these includemainly beans but also
apples pears pomegranates etc./ wind is drying unless especiallyhumid and should be reduced/&A=A8-
this feature of the mind common to vata promotes the active 2 dynamicaspects of life addictive behavior
self4centered behavior-these features should beavoided as much as possible The Big
(icture>. &emove the causes of the imbalance by direct behavioral avoidance/ give particular attention to
the attributes of the imbalance as detailed above;. &emove e!cess vata by elimination therapies-
pancha .arma? "o therapeutic enemas as indicated? "o nasal administrations as indicated? "o heating ole
ating nourishing therapies as indicated@. Balance vata? Avoid its attributes in food emotions thin.ing lifest
yle? control metabolism and the nervous system with dietary lifestyle and activitychanges to promote
groundedness heaviness and
oilinessA. Balance 2 strengthen digestion? #ncrease fire component in food lifestyle? #ncrease sour and salty
foods in diet especially when cold is problematic to theimbalanceB. +liminate tissue to!icity- ? 3erbal and
dietary strategies that help eliminate heavy metals petro4chemicalsetc.? Avoid suppression of urges

<. &e6uvenation of tissues with herbals and behavioral programs as indicated
Ayurveda Balancing Pitta
Balancing (ittas Qualities(itta substances have many qualities or attributes. These are given below in
capital lettersalong the left margin. One can offset balance palliate reduce the disturbed principle
byavoiding certain diet lifestyle and other e!periences and by "O#$% some things of theopposite attribute
or energy. &ead and follow the list below for how to balance pitta. AVO#" the 'A(#TA)#*+" by "O#$%
the following to help balance (itta 3OT-avoid mid4day activity and especially being in the sun/ avoid
pungentfoods2spices such as peppers chilies etc. sour foods as vinegar grapefruit lemons andother
citrus and e!cess salt 0saindhava2mineral salt is cooling1/ cool sleepingenvironment is important
too/ behavior that tends to critical 6udgmental anger 6ealousyhatred envy aggressive competitive should
be avoided as these are heat provo.ing 8)#%3T), O#),-avoid e!cess consumption of oils fats dairy
coffee avocados etc./favor dry foods/ eat modest amounts of raw fruits and vegetables/ essential fatty
acids areimportant so this is not a recommendation against all oil inta.e )#Q7#"-avoid e!cess fluids
avoid hydrophilic food and drin. such as yogurt salt0e!cept mineral salt which is diuretic1 sour foods
cheese and e!cessive amounts of 6uicy fruits and vegetables etc. avoid sedentary lifestyle 0e!ercise
promotes sweat1/drin. cool 2 room temperature liquids when and if thirsty favor living and wor.ing
in dryclimates 0winter and spring seasons are problematic for liquid in many geographicalareas1/ favor (C
elimination techniques 0purgation1 during this time 06unctions of summer 2 fall or spring 2 summer1 to control
increase of liquid in physiology/ usesandalwood4li.e substances to control congestion buildup favor dry 2
windy living areas 8(&+A"#$% 2 :OB#)+-this attribute of pitta is responsible for courage
aggressioncompetitiveness see.ing fame and power which leads to suggestions that proper boundaries
are in place for these individuals/ team sports are important for balancingthese attributes/ since liquidity
gives pitta the ability to move around the body one shouldmonitor fluid2oil inta.e to prevent dehydration
e!cess body heat and stagnation of secretions etc./ strenuous activity in the pitta times >D to ; should be
avoided

83A&(-stimulants tend to be in this category-especially alcohol-these should beminimi9ed/ fermented
foods are to be reduced for this reason/ sensory e!periences0sounds and light1 especially that have these
values should be reduced/ some feel dentalflossing the teeth may ma.e gums unnecessarily tender from
e!cess sharp4be gentle )#%3T-reduce e!posure to windy areas2weather and high altitudes/ light foods
should be had in moderation/ substitute heavy bedding 2 clothing for light bedding 2 clothing- heavy
things help ground vata/ alcohol is light and should be avoided/ this feature of pitta embraces luminosity
and bright light is a problem for pitta so be careful of brightsun 0especially midday1 and try doing sunning
e!ercises to strengthen the eyes ability tohandle bright sun light naturally/ A'#" 2 8O7&-citrus contain
vitamin ' citric acid which are acidic and increase pitta -these should be moderated/ B4Vitamins are pitta
increasing and should be ta.en inmoderation for the same reason/ vinegar tamarind sauce are to be used
with care/ lime 6uice is sour to taste but cooling and sweet in affect-better for pitta/E)+83, 8:+))-this
attribute of pitta suggests that one moderate e!posure to strongsmells as they may be irritating to pitta/The
Big (icture>. &emove the causes of the imbalance by direct behavioral avoidance/ give particular attention
to the attributes of the imbalance as detailed above;. &emove e!cess pitta by elimination therapies-
pancha .arma? "o therapeutic purgation as indicated? "o blood letting as indicated? "o cooling drying an
d lightening therapies as indicated@. Balance pitta? Avoid its attributes in food emotions thin.ing lifestyle

? control metabolism with dietary lifestyle and activity changes to promotecoolness and
drynessA. Balance 2 strengthen digestion? #ncrease fire component in food lifestyle? #ncrease sweet and ast
ringent foods in diet especially when heat is problematicto the imbalanceB. +liminate tissue to!icity
- ? 3erbal and dietary strategies that help eliminate heavy metals petro4chemicalsetc.? Avoid suppression
of urges<. &e6uvenation of tissues with herbals and behavioral programs as indicated
Ayurveda Balancing Kapha
3+AV,-avoid situations which promote provo.e increase or otherwise bring your attention to
depression attachment greed hopelessness helplessness lonelinessisolation/ avoid oils fats dairy
wheat 2 carbohydrates sweets and over4eating/ eat barley consider s.ipping brea.fast fasting on liquid
6uice or vegetable diet one or twodays per wee. eat only light foods in evening./ never eat within @ hours
prior to be time/ta.e honey water or herbal wines after eating/ avoid day sleep sleeping beyond
sunriselac. of e!ercise sedentary lifestyle leftover canned fro9en foods/ e!ercise daily to BDFof
capacity engage in more mental activity physical wor. se! and sleep less 0'a. 8u.GG#.;H1/ use light
bedding light clothing-sil. or cotton choose small or light0feathered1 pets when desired listen to light
music/ favor windy living areas/ dolightening therapies seasonally 8TAT#' 2 8TAB)+-avoid foods such as
cheese meats e!cess sleep sedentary lifestyleand artificial stimulants/ e!ercise daily to BDF of capacity
and in the early morning to getgoing favor activities that are strenuous but invo.e varied stop and
go functioning listento dynamic and comple! music use lively and bright colors in clothing
and environmentavoid use of remote controls for controlling electrical appliances to facilitate movementin
your life 3A&"-avoid e!cess meats mineral supplementation lac. of movement2e!ercise 8OET-avoid
soft furniture wal.ing and sleeping surfaces/ favor hard bed mattress andchairs"7))-avoid
leftover canned fro9en foods e!cess meat sweets cheese dairy/ eat pungent2sharp foods including
occasional herbali9ed wines for digestive purposes8)OI-avoid situations which promote provo.e
increase or otherwise bring your attention to depression attachment greed hopelessness helplessness
lonelinessisolation/ avoid sedentary lifestyle cheese candy avoid sleeping in past sunrise or
daysleep2napping e!ercise daily to BDF of capacity/ use pungent spices to stimulatedigestion

8T#'C,- avoid situations which promote provo.e increase or otherwise bring your attention to
attachment greed avoid sweets oils e!cess liquids wheat products etc.refined grains and other refined
foods 8)#:,44avoid sweets oils e!cess liquids wheat products etc. refined grains and other refined
foods ')O7",44avoid sweets oils e!cess liquids dairy products whenever possible living inclimates
sunny and bright is preferred to rainy and overcast climes/ use full spectrumlighting to simulate
natural sunlight conditions meditate daily to promote mental clarity 8:OOT3-avoid sweets oils fats/
use raw fibers in clothing whenever possible-woolsil. cotton mohair tactile surfaces should have the
quality of roughness if possible/ eat0raw1 vegetables and other foods with high fiber 0roughness1 honey
with amala.a powder and barley or honey with blac. iron ash yava.shara ginger and vidanga 0'a.
8u.GG#.;@1/ do roughening therapies seasonally "+$8+-avoid e!cess food and drin. oily fatty old
foods sweets e!cess meats etc.avoid sedentary lifestyle/ favor mountain2high altitude environments for
living simplicitywith variety are important themes mentally/ favor natural stimulants-e!ercise
anddigestives-to control this attribute 8O)#"-avoid e!cess food and drin. oily fatty old foods sweets
etc. avoid sedentarylifestyle/%&O88-avoid e!cess food and drin. oily fatty old foods sweets etc.
avoid sedentarylifestyle/ favor mountain2high altitude environments for living/ interact with childrenwhenever
possible 8I++T-avoid candies sweet grains2carbohydrates/ bitter taste is better for helpingdigestion and
cleansing the body channels/ sweet or salty taste in mouth is indication of .apha imbalance

8O7&-avoid sour foods generally with e!ception of small amounts of apple cider vinegar as they tend
to promote secretions and congestion 8A)T-most .inds of salt are heating 0balancing to .apha1 but they
are also hydrophilic0causing water retention1/ use mineral salt predominantly in small quantities salty taste
inthe mouth is indication of .apha imbalance TA:A8-this mental attribute is destructive dar. ignorant-
avoid those behaviors promoting them The Big
(icture>. &emove the causes of the imbalance by direct behavioral avoidance/ give particular attention to
the attributes of the imbalance as detailed above;. &emove e!cess .apha by elimination therapies-
pancha .arma? "o therapeutic vomiting as indicated? "o heating roughening 0drying1 and lightening thera
pies as indicated@. Balance .apha? Avoid its attributes in food emotions thin.ing lifestyle? #ncrease metab
olism with dietary lifestyle and activity changes to promotelightness and
drynessA. Balance 2 strengthen digestion? #ncrease fire component in food lifestyle? #ncrease bitter and astr
ingent foods in diet especially when heat is problematicto the imbalance