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7 Ayurvedic Treatments for Anxiety

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Where does that anxiety keep coming from? Learn root cause of anxiety according to Ayurveda. When Vata becomes imbalanced, anxiety often is the first symptom. 7 Ayurvedic Tips for treating anxiety at the root cause. Ready to shake that shaky feeling? 30 signs and symptoms of Vata in the mind and body.

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7 Ayurvedic Treatments for Anxiety

What is Vata Dosha?

Before we dive into an Ayurvedic Approach to Soothing Vata and Anxiety let’s discuss what Vata Dosha is.


In Ayurveda, there are three doshas that comprise a person’s constitution: Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. Each dosha is characterized by its own unique qualities (to learn more about the doshas and how they impact your life, click here). All three doshas are present in each of us, it is a matter of proportion of each dosha


We have a predominant dosha or perhaps a combination. Knowing your doshic picture will empower you to make the correct and healthiest choices for you, thereby enabling you to live a more balanced life.


Vata dosha consists of air and ether and governs all movement in the universe — whether that is respiration, bowel movement, digestion, or the movement or stillness of our minds.


Therefore, Vata is of primary importance for everyone as it is the movement or lack of movement behind everything.


Vata Dosha is comprised of the elements of air and ether.

The main qualities of Vata doshas are: dry, light, cool, rough, subtle, and mobile. As such Vata types tend to be thin and lanky. They are mentally and physically active and have active imaginations. Vatas are creative people who often think outside the box. They tend to be easily distracted and have moods that are influenced by the weather, the people around them, and the foods they eat.


Vatas do best when they follow a consistent daily routine, or rhythm that allows them to manage their mobile and light qualities through mediation, pranayama breathing, or calm and creative activities. Vata dosha has an affinity for the nervous system and so nourishing and rejuvenating on going is key to maintaining balance. To learn more about Vata's qualities, scroll to the bottom and meet Nutmeg, our newest pack member and classic Vata type.


For a comprehensive overview on Ayurveda: What is Ayurveda? A Beginner's Guide and Beyond

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Signs Vata Dosha is Imbalanced


When Vata Dosha becomes imbalanced, you may notice the following:


30 Signs of Vata Imbalances


Body: Dry skin, hair, lips, joints Dry digestive tract: gas, bloat, constipation Dry, scanty, irregular periods, or absent flow. When your period is present, imbalanced Vata manifests as anxiety, insomnia, sharp or stinging cramps, and blood discoloration General sense of feeling cold, hands and feet especially Poor circulation Tight muscles, twitches, muscle spasms and feeling clenched Tics and tremors Aches and pains here, there, and everywhere at times Palpitations, tinnitus Dehydration Weight loss, difficulty gaining weight, and weight loss and hair loss Fidgeting or other extra movement Dislike of cold and wind Difficulty with loud noises Light, interrupted sleep Difficulty sleeping, with waking, or difficulty and staying asleep Feeling weak, fatigued, loss of vitality Astringent taste, dryness in the mouth Sense of wanting to run or runaway Lack of focus or forgetful Difficulty concentrating, remembering


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Mind:

Anxiety, nervousness Panic attacks, fear Restless, agitated Dizziness Feeling ungrounded, spacey, scattered, overwhelmed Excess worrying and thinking in general (“cannot shut my mind off, it just keeps talking.’) Feeling sped-up, racing mind Confused, shaky Excessive talking


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7 Ayurvedic Tips for calming and restoring the nervous system


The world has been plagued by uncertainty and many people have feel sad, depressed, isolated, and anxious.


If you’re among this population of people feeling out of sorts, Ayurveda can help. Contrary to mainstream medicine which relies heavily on pharmaceuticals, the Ayurvedic approach focuses on treating the root cause of your distress.


In this article on taking an Ayurvedic approach to soothing Vata and anxiety, we’ll explore:
  • Why it’s difficult to feel good and grounded during times of uncertainty

  • Which doshas are associated with PTSD and anxiety

  • How to take an Ayurvedic approach to healing

Why it’s difficult to regulate well-being during times of uncertainty


From time to time we all experience stressful, anxiety-inducing experiences that can lead to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This is especially true when unexpected events occur that we have no control over.


In response to these experiences, your body releases cortisol — a hormone that regulates and reduces stress. However, when the stress-inducing events are continual like the riots and pandemic have been, your body may lose its ability to regulate and keep you in balance. As a result, ongoing anxiety, depression, and PTSD can occur.


Impact of Anxiety and the Doshas


We are comprised of the three doshas. These doshas, known as Vata, Pitta, and Kapha help us maintain our overall well-being when balanced. However, when one or more of the doshas becomes imbalanced, physical, and mental health issues arise and disease can occur.


Vata governs movement — including heart rate, breathing, and mindset (including thoughts). As such, when Vata increases may manifest as anxiety, depression, and PTSD. You may notice that you may be waking at Vata dosha time of night. If you experience this, to calm your nervous system and to retrain our response from fight-flight to relax and restore, clients make daily use of our free guided practices.


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How to Keep Vata Balanced and Heal Anxiety with Ayurveda


1. Acknowledge What Is


As spiritual beings having a human experience, each of us is gifted with something known as an emotional guidance system. This internal compass is meant to guide us through life so we can effectively process our emotions.


To access this internal system, we start by acknowledging what is. This means rather than ignoring what’s happening around us, or trying to pretend it isn’t real, instead, we fully acknowledge the current reality. This acknowledgment, in turn, allows us to fully process all our associated feelings.


Acknowledging what is will help you navigate life’s unexpected ebbs and flows — including pandemic and riot-related PTSD, without feeling stuck.


2. Practice diaphragmatic breathing


Diaphragmatic breathing is also referred to as belly breathing. This type of breathing engages the diaphragmatic muscles. It’s known to help fill the lungs more efficiently and draw the practitioner into the present moment. As a result, we feel relaxed and grounded. Please read Learn Diaphragmatic Breathing and Change Your Life.


Benefits of diaphragm breathing include:
  • Anxiety reduction

  • Stress reduction

  • Lowered blood pressure and heart rate

  • Enables you to feel and be present

  • Promotes relaxation

How to practice diaphragmatic breathing:
  1. Lie comfortably on a flat surface

  2. Support your head with a pillow

  3. Place one hand over your chest, and the other over your abdomen

  4. Breathe in slowly through your nose, notice how your abdomen rises as you inhale and lowers as you exhale

  5. Simply observe the abdomen as it rises and falls rhythmically

  6. Observe within your comfortable capacity

  7. Practice for 2-10 minutes.

You can practice diaphragm breathing throughout the day as your schedule permits. Include diaphragmatic breathing as part of your morning and evening routine. You may practice a few other times in the day as well, or as often as needed. Relax your focus. No need to try to make anything happen or change anything. In time, with consistent practice, the breath will correct itself. Lay back and relax.



3. Limit screen time


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According to research, overexposure to the news, social media and technology, and general, can lead to anxiety, depression, and suicidal tendencies.


This is especially true as we live through the ongoing pandemic, and are overly exposed to news stories about death, rising cases, and global restrictions.


Fortunately, there’s an easy solution to overexposure — unplugging. As a rule of thumb, aim to disconnect from technology (your phone, tablet, TV, computer, etc.) after 6 pm. Sleep with your phone out of arms reach so if you wake up in the middle of the night, you aren’t tempted to scroll through social media or read the latest news. Choose one day a week for a screen fast. During this time, take a walk outside, read a book, relax, and reconnect with yourself.



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4. Ground yourself with Ayurvedic morning and evening routines known as dinachayra


Vata's best friend is rhythm, or routine. Dinacharya is a daily routine you follow that creates balance. Having a routine during times of stress and uncertainty is especially important because it soothes and grounds Vata which likes to keep moving.



Dinacharya should be customized to your specific needs. To learn more about the best dinacharya for your unique doshic constitution, click here to book a free consultation.


Here’s an example of what your daily routine might look like:
  1. Drink a warm glass of water with lemon upon waking to rehydrate and stimulate waste elimination

  2. Clean your tongue and brush your teeth to remove unwanted toxins

  3. Massage your gums with sesame oil to nourish and remove bacteria

  4. Shower

  5. Enjoy our guided 2-minute meditation to create and carry a relaxed awareness with you throughout your day.

  6. Eat breakfast (choose seasonal foods as close to their natural state as possible)

  7. Pairing a healthy fat and protein can be calming.


Keep it siple and choose a few things that appeal to you and anchor your Ayurveda routines with our free guided meditation practices and diaphragmatic breathing.


Your daily routine sets the tone for your entire day. When you take care of yourself and prioritize your well-being, you will feel less stressed and more balanced and fortified.


5. Practice restorative yog-asana (postures)


Bālāsana — also commonly referred to as Child’s Pose

Restorative yoga is a slower-paced, meditative yoga practice that allows you to ground your body, calm your mind, and focus on your breath while releasing tension.


As opposed to quickly moving from posture to posture (as is commonly practiced in yoga), restorative yoga is about slowing down and coming in touch with your inner being through breath awareness, or prana. It is particularly soothing for Vata because these slow, long movements encourage the regulation of internal movement (for which Vata is responsible).


To get started, try these 3 asanas to soothe Vata and reduce anxiety:

1.) Bālāsana — also commonly referred to as Child’s Pose is a resting pose that closes the front body, and evokes feelings of being nurtured and protected. This pose stimulates mental and physical relaxation.

  • To move into Child’s Pose, kneel on your yoga mat with your thighs apart

  • Sink your buttocks to the heels of your feet

  • Curl your spine and fold your body forward

  • Draw your forehead down towards the ground

  • Breathe deeply into the back of your body

  • Extend your arms in front of your body

  • Relax and observe the breath.


Savāsana — also known as Corpse Pose

2.) Savāsana — also known as Corpse Pose, Savāsana is used to promote relaxation and stillness at the end of your restorative yoga practice. While in Savāsana, listen to our guided progressive relaxation.



3.) Viparita Karani - also known as Legs Up the Wall Pose, Viparita Karani calms the nervous system and reduces stress and anxiety.

  • To practice Legs Up the Wall Pose lay on your back with the spine, neck, and head aligned.

  • Move your legs up against the wall

  • Place your hips about 6 inches from the wall or the distance that is comfortable for you

  • Arms about 8-12 inches from your sides

  • Stay in this position for as long as you are comfortable and relaxed.

  • To release the pose, gently push away from the wall and bring your knees to your chest, roll to your left side, pause, keep connected to your relaxed state, and slowly come to a seated position.

  • This is a perfect pose to transition from the day to your dinner and evening.


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6. Try our calming and focusing nasya oil:


Nasya Oil Benefits - What is Nasya Oil Good For?

Nasya oil supports our inner wellbeing and overall health. When you begin regular Nasya treatment, you’ll see the benefits right away. Nasya oil can be used to increase mental function, as a preventative medicine, for better breathing, and for stress relief.


Nasya Oil for Stress Relief

When your Prana is cleared through your breath, you’ll experience stress and tension melt away in your neck, jaw, head, and shoulders. Any energy that has been blocked will be released, and energy won’t be able to stagnate in these areas. Mental and emotional stress and anxious thoughts contribute to fading health and many unnecessary afflictions. Nasya oil can help balance these energies, so you feel energized and revitalized all day long.


Nasya Oil Benefits for Vata Dosha: Nasya oil can remedy common symptoms of Vata imbalances - such as anxiety, anxious depression, sleep troubles, and brain fog.


“Your nasya oil really had a strong effect on my life. My mind was racing, and I have been highly stressed for a long time. I did the nasya and suddenly all went quiet. I felt like meditating. Your nasya oil really calmed the mind.” --Anonymous, New Mexico




7. Use our free guided practices daily:


Create and carry a relaxed awareness with you throughout your day. Learn to shift your nervous system from flight-fight mode, into rest, restore and relaxation. This is profoundly restorative to Vata doshas, the nervous system and the mind. Saumya clients report feeling calmer, less anxious, improved sleep, increased energy, more focus and overall increased vitality.


“Loving the daily practices, a routine that feels EMBODYING.” Mark F., USA

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1. Learn Diaphragmatic Breathing and Change Your Life. When we re-learn to breath diaphragmatically, we move from the flight-fight-freeze mode, to rest, restore, relaxation mode from where we want and need to live.


2. Daily Guided Practices: 11 minutes in the morning and in the evening, as anchors of your daily Ayurveda routine.



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She is President Emeritus and teaching faculty of the Meditation Center.


Veena fell in love with the traditional medicine used in her family’s home, learning herbal remedies at her grandmother's knee.


These childhood experiences were the seeds of a lifelong passion. For over 30 years, Veena has dedicated her life to the world’s oldest healing system: Ayurveda.


She draws on this ancient wisdom to help others find their compass to a healthy life – and support those left wanting by Western medicine.


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Meet Nutmeg, our newest pack member. He is classically Vata natured. His frame is slender with long toes. It is easy to see his bones and he has prominant joints. His gait is quick, and he loves to run.


As is true with Vata, Nutmeg's brown eyes are small compared to his face. He has thin eye lashes and eyebrows and his bark his hoarse or dry.

Nutmeg has an irregular appetite; sometimes he is hungry and sometimes not. He learns quickly, but tends to forget. He like variety and moves from one interest to the next taking in all he can.


As for Nutmeg's emotional tendencies, he can be anxious. He is frightened by loud noises and wind. Cold temperatures are not for him. He is sweet, active, and seeks reassurance and likes to hide under shrubs to feel secure.


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