Updated: Sep 8
Have you wondered if you might have a Vata imbalance? 30 signs and symptoms of Vata imbalances in the body and mind and 20 resources to help you maintain or regain dosha balance. Even if your primary dosha is Pitta or Kapha, you may still have excess Vata in your body and mind. Here's our list of the most common Vata imbalances.
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Wild List of Vata Imbalances
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
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
This is a partial list of excess Vata in the mind and excess Vata in the body.
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"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.
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