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Discover Your Menstrual Dosha to Achieve Balance and Wellness

Updated: Apr 26

“My personal goal is for every menstruating human to know what a balanced cycle is… and what it is NOT. By balancing the cycle off the bat–I’m talking as early as the first period–we can avoid a lifetime of physical, mental, and emotional suffering.

Let’s not accept discomfort, pain, anxiety, acne, mood issues as an inevitable part of the process. We can do better than suppress symptoms and suffer. Ayurveda offers 5,000 years’ worth of tools and wisdom to create and maintain a balanced cycle.” - Veena, Saumya Ayurveda

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Before exploring your menstrual dosha, let's cover some basic Ayurveda concepts.


What is Ayurveda? A Beginner's Guide and Beyond

Let’s start from the beginning.


Ayurveda is a Sanskrit word that translates directly as the “knowledge” (veda) of “life” (ayu). Ayurveda is a from the Vedic tradition - an ancient Indian wisdom tradition- which is based on the idea that all of life, from the mundane to the majestic, is inherently connected and divine.


Ayurveda is often thought of as only one component: Ayurvedic medicine. While Ayurveda is a profound approach to holistic health and healing, this is just one small dot on the vast map of this ancient tradition. Ayurveda is a path, a system of living, a spiritual journey that lasts a lifetime.


Ayurveda uses food as medicine, herbs, and lifestyle practices like meditation and breathwork (pranayama) to balance the dynamic energies within our body – knowns as Vata, Pitta, and Kapha to create harmony throughout our inner and outer worlds.


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Ayurveda’s Place in Modern Medicine

Modern “allopathic” medicine treats individual ailments directly. In contrast, Ayurveda treats the whole human – mentally, physically, and spiritually. The symptoms we associate with illness and disease are signs of a deeper imbalance within the body, and Ayurveda goes to the root of the issue to restore balance.


Ayurveda’s 5000-year track record is a testament to its effectiveness and ease of use. Nevertheless, Western medicine has been slow to embrace Ayurveda and other traditional healing modalities. But as more people seek to live healthy, preventative lifestyles instead of dealing with problems as they arise – the times they are a ‘changing!


The mind and body are connected. Food affects us both physically and mentally (think of someone who eats a lot of sugar or drinks a lot of caffeine). The outer world affects our inner systems. One size does not fit all (we all need different things for optimal wellbeing).


As modern clinical trials validate Ayurveda’s ancient knowledge, this powerful wellness tradition is working its way into contemporary healthcare practices. As a result, more and more folks are embracing Ayurveda as a powerful way to integrate positive changes and bring their lives back into balance.


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Key Ayurvedic Concepts

Ayurveda seeks to achieve an optimal energetic balance in the body, mind, and spirit so we are healthy and free to pursue our fullest spiritual lives. But what does that really mean?


Everything and everyone in the world around us is composed of five elements: air, fire, water, earth, and space. Ayurveda groups these elements into three basic energetic properties, known as doshas. These foundational energies (called Vata, Pitta, and Kapha) are the building blocks of our entire universe.


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What Are Three Dosha Types?


Vata: That Which Moves


1. Vata dosha is characterized by space and air. The essential engine of the universe, Vata governs all functions of movement within the mind, body, and outer world. Like the elements it embodies, Vata’s physical properties are cold, dry, mobile, subtle, irregular, and light.


Vata’s powerful mobile nature is the source of creativity, expansion, openness, eagerness, and ingenuity. However, when Vata falls out of balance, we may feel scattered, ungrounded, tense, and anxious.


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2. Pitta: That Which Transforms and Metabolizes

Fire and water combine to form Pitta dosha, an unctuous, oily water. A universal force of action/reaction, Pitta governs all transformations and metabolisms within the body and mind (think digesting thoughts, emotions, sunlight, and of course food). Pitta characteristics are hot, light, sharp, oily, liquid, and spreading.


In balance, Pitta energy is ambitious, discerning, charismatic, strong-willed, and insightful. Out of balance, it sparks heat in the body and mind (such as acne, inflammation, indigestion, heartburn, and fiery emotional responses like jealousy, criticism, control, and anger).


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3. Kapha: That Which Protects and Lubricates


Kapha dosha is governed by water and earth. Nourishing and reliable, Kapha provides structure and stability in our inner and outer worlds. Like the elements it represents, Kapha physical properties are moist, heavy, slow (or dullish), cool, stable, oily, and smooth.


Balanced Kapha supports groundedness, endurance, strength, and dependability. It protects critical systems from our immune system and personal boundaries down to our stomach lining and the fluid in our joints. Out of balance, Kapha manifests as physical and mental “dullness.” We may put on a few extra pounds, or feel weighed down, lethargic, foggy, or depressed.


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Discover Your Menstrual Dosha to Achieve Balance and Wellness


When we understand how the doshas influence our menstrual cycle, it’s easy to see how problems arise when we become imbalanced. If a dosha becomes inflamed, stuck, or irregular – it’s reflected in our monthly cycle.

When the doshas are balanced overall-- including mind and body, and all of our systems--we feel good, resilient, vibrant, and energetic.

We're comprised of the three doshas and we can go out of balance in any of them, and in any combination. This means we can experience and endure a plethora of seemingly unconnected symptoms. (Do you ever feel like you’re chasing one issue after another? Like everything is falling apart from digestion to your hair and everything in between?)

Wonder what that dry skin, thinning hair, anxiety, and acne have to do with your cycle? Ayurveda looks at the whole person and the root cause of imbalances and restores balance using food as medicine, herbs, and Ayurveda lifestyle practices.


 

“Veena has helped me so much! I had been struggling with fatigue for many years. I tried many things, read lots of books, advice, etc. Nothing worked, or very slight positive change over the years, but I was still struggling with the everyday. Then a couple months with Veena, I was stunned at how Ayurveda and her customized approach worked! Not only did the fatigue go away, but I actually have renewed energy and feel so physically and mentally energetic! I am so grateful. I feel like I got living my life back.”

Michelle Cheuk, USA

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Vata Type Menstrual Cycle


  • Vata: Scant, irregular, or absent flow. When your period is present, imbalanced Vata manifests emotionally as anxiety, fear, nervousness, panic attackes, poor sleep, depletion, and insomnia.  Phyliscally Vata shows up as sharp or stinging cramps in the lower abdomen and back, stiffness, constipation, and spams. Flow of blood is thin, dry, dark colored.

  • Learn more with Wild List of Vata Imbalances


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Pitta Type Menstrual Cycle


  • ·Pitta: Burning sensations physically and mentally. Pitta manifests in the mind as fiery emotions like anger and irritability. Physically the flow may be clotty, hot, foul odor, heavy flow. Severe menstrual hemorrhaging may even require blood transfusions. Whew! Feeling hot, swollen, headaches, migraines, acne, upset stomach, and diarrhea may all be part of a Pitta dominated cycle.

  • See if you're experiencing Pitta imbalances with Hot List of Common Pitta Imbalances


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Kapha Type Menstrual Cycle


  • Kapha: Heavy or long-lasting periods, with water retention, bloating, vaginal discharge, and yeast infections. In the mind, Kapha manifests as feeling sluggish, depressed, dull, demotivated, and increased sleep– preferring food (and Netflix) binges to a regular routine, and emotional eating. The flow may be mucousy, heavier and longer flow.

  • Sturdy List of Kapha Imbalances


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The Ayurvedic Approach to Menstrual Health


Rather than treating individual symptoms, Ayurveda treats the whole person. In Ayurveda, menstrual health is a window into your overall well-being. The goal is not to control and suppress your symptoms, but to use them as guideposts pointing to the root of your dosha imbalance.


Your menstrual cycle influences how you feel in your body, mind, and emotions throughout your entire life.  Ayurveda helps bring your reproductive system back into balance, which can bring balance back to your entire life – sounds nice, right?

Ayurveda is a path to a lifetime of greater balance. Uncover the root cause of troubling symptoms, restore vitality through customized Ayurveda treatment.


According to Healthy Children, "Within a year or two of their first period, 50 to 75 percent of young women begin to experience painful menstrual cramps, or dysmenorrhea." That's a staggering statistic.


"We spend six or more decades in one stage or another, from menses through menopause. We want and need balanced menstrual cycles out of the gate. If you've been enduring issues or outright suffering, it's time for a change. Anxiety, acne, constipation, diarrhea, migraines....so many health concerns are improved or eliminated when the balance of the doshas is restored, and the moon cycle is healthy."

-Veena, Saumya Ayurveda

 

“Veena has literally changed my life. I was struggling with mental and physical symptoms that my doctor had no answer for. I thought I was going crazy and just making symptoms up.

 

With Veena’s guidance, with herbs and diet changes, I soon realized that my symptoms were very real. After making the changes, I made small victories along the way, and became better with each appointment with her.

 

Now almost 6 months later, I am a completely different person. I still have some things to work on, but with Veena’s help, I know I will be able to take control of my health and not leave it to Western medicine that was giving me little to no help and covering up my symptoms with another medication.

 

I highly encourage getting the longer package, especially if you are working with challenges with your monthly cycle. Working with Veen has been the best decision I have made for my health. You won’t be disappointed!”  -- Maria Fumagalli, San Diego, California


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How Do I Know If I Have a Dosha Imbalance?


Peruse these comprehensive and convenient lists of signs and symptoms of dosha imbalances.


As we are all comprised of Vata, Pitta, and Kapha, there can be an imbalance in any of the doshas, or a combination of dosha imbalances. Read all three lists and see if anything looks familiar.


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Oh my gosh this is an amazing book! The WORLD NEEDS THIS!!!”--Dr. Melissa Persons, Minnesota


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There is a saying, "The mind is more in the body, than the body is in the mind." The Saumya 3 step meditation process shifts us from fight-flight-freeze mode, to rest-restore-relax mode. Give it a try for forty days and observe the changes. The more grounded and relaxed we are, the smoother life flows.


"The breath is the connection between the mind and body, so by training the breath, we become calm, focused, and grounded, we slow down the aging process by decreasing stress. These practices are so simple and easy to have as part of our daily life. We actually feel and look younger."

- Veena, Saumya Ayurveda


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




"Choose a couple of practices from the Ayurveda routines that provide you with the greatest support. Perform them while applying our two minute meditation technique and your mundane tasks, just transformed into a mellifluous meditation. This is meditation applied to daily life." - Veena, Saumya Ayurveda

 

"Veena was able to help me regain my energy in just a few months and I’m feeling like my “young” self again! I love the food plan she designed for me, and all the supporting practices (am/pm routines, breathing techniques, herbs, and spice mixes) are so enjoyable to incorporate into my day. I highly recommend Saumya Ayurveda if you want to feel better and have more vitality.”

-Molly Rossini, Minnesota


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“I discovered Veena on google and was very impressed by all of her glowing reviews. I purchased the half year Ayurveda package with 7 sessions. I'm completely new to Ayurveda and Veena was very knowledgeable, patient with my questions, warm, and has a great sense of humor.

 

I looked forward to our sessions and after more than a decade of chronic illness, things started improving with the protocols she guided me through. I feel like a different person in just half a year. The improvements are incredible, and I feel so hopeful and inspired by this experience.


I will continue the protocols I've learned and at our last session, I didn't feel like I would be left on my own. Veena is always an email or phone call away - she is very, very responsive, and helpful.

 

I am so glad I discovered her, and I encourage anyone for any health issue or concern to book with her and see how your overall wellbeing will improve. Thank you, Veena!” -Therese Nichols, Minnesota

 

“I was tired of seeking advice from mainstream medical professionals, even my beloved midwives. I have long had heavy periods, but it took a turn a couple years ago, getting even heavier. As a result of so much blood loss, I had become highly anemic, irritable, sleeping restlessly, hooked on morning coffee, and suffering through bloating, craping, and spotting for a good chunk of the month.


With Veena’s help, things are getting aligned. I am now a firm believer that:  A.) She definitely knows what is talking about and B.) Ayurvedic medicine can be trusted. I am grateful to have found Veena!”

--Angie D., Minnesota

 

“It is with great pleasure that I write this review! Working with Veena has remarkably changed my life – even in the places I was unaware that it demanded to be changed! Throughout the course of four months, Veena’s gentle and succinct approach allowed me to easily refine my routines into a more structured foundation that left me feeling more in graceful governance with myself – emotionally and physically.



Not only had she brought forth awareness in how I prepare/ relate to the food I eat, but she also prescribed me wonderful herbs to help calm my anxiety, detox my liver, and heal the ugly night sweats I’ve been experiencing due to hormonal imbalances.


Lastly, her guided meditations are a great grounding force, and I have since continued to explore the euphoric benefits of Yoga Nidra.


Veena is a well of divine knowledge, and her humor and light will be eternally appreciated!”

--Rachel Monson, Wisconsin


 

“I have been so fortunate to have been introduced to Veena by a friend. Veena is so dedicated to one’s health that it feels amazing to have her on my side. She's truly a beautiful soul.


She is helping me navigate all my issues with perimenopause and I am so glad, as the herbs she has given me have not only boosted my immune system greatly, but have chilled my nervous system out and I'm sleeping soundly again."  – S.J., Saudi Arabia


Discover Your Menstrual Dosha to Achieve Balance and Wellness in your whole being.

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Discover the Saumya Ayurveda Way


We all want to be heard, understood, and cared for as whole beings, not a set of isolated symptoms. True health is more than the absence of disease, which is why Western medicine so often leaves us feeling hopeless and unseen.


Deep down, you already know what you’re searching for: a new framework for living – one that brings your entire being back into balance. With Saumya Ayurveda, you’ll receive individualized guidance to create the physically, mentally, and spiritually vibrant life you crave.


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Veena at Saumya Ayurveda

Veena is a Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner and meditation teacher, and monk.


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.


An experienced Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner, Veena’s deep, intuitive knowledge of Ayurveda empowers her clients to reclaim their fullest, most vibrant lives –mentally, physically, and spiritually. Veena individualizes treatment plans to each person, rather than offering a one-size-fits-all approach, so it fits your life and becomes woven in your lifestyle, naturally.


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