According to Ayurveda, there are three biophysical energies based on which every human being is classified into a specific Prakriti (unique constitution and identity of an individual). The energies are Vata, Pitta and Kapha.

Everyone and everything in this world is made of energy. This energy is comprised of five elements: space, air, fire, water, and earth. Vata is a combination of space and air elements. Pitta is a combination of fire and water elements, whereas Kapha is a combination of earth and water elements.

Do you have a Vata mind?

Imagine driving a car.

You know where you are going, but 1000 other things are running in your mind, like the stove you forgot to switch off, the email you have to reply to, the dress you wanted to buy, the lunch plan, and 996 others.

Your mind is all over the place and it lingers around 100 different thoughts at a time. You feel restless and alert at the same time, which confuses people. You find it difficult to concentrate on a single task. You lose interest and focus easily. Confusion is your other name; you always face a ‘this or that’ situation in your mind, when it comes to making decisions.

If this is you, you have a Vata mind.

How to tackle a Vata mind?

First of all, having a Vata mind is not a bad thing at all. You are the energy that lights up the whole room! You are the enthu bomb!!! No Pitta or Kapha mind can beat your zest for life, energy, and optimism.

Like Beyonce says, “I am not bossy, I am the boss,” we, Vata minds, rule the world.

However, things can go wrong when Vata gets out of balance. Therefore, it is necessary to tackle it. Here are a few tips to be the master of your own Vata mind.

Oil Massage

Vata is dry (Ruksha). The opposite of dry is oily.

The best way to tackle Vata is to do daily oil massage (abhyanga) using organic black sesame oil. Do a five-minute foot massage before going to bed. This will help you to calm your mind.

Earthing Practices

Vata is light. The opposite of light is heavy, which equals Earth.

Doing earthing or grounding practices can help you to tackle your Vata mind. Get outdoors and connect with nature. Get out of concrete and get your feet on the soil, grass, sand, or any natural surface. But, walking barefoot on a cold surface may increase Vata.

Warm Practices

Vata is cold (Sheeta). The opposite of cold is warm.

Doing warm practices can be of great help. Cover yourself from everything cold and do not expose yourself to cold conditions, cold food, or cold people.

Eat warm food, like warm spiced soups, porridges, khichdi, etc. You can also spend time with warm people and stay in warm places, and notice your Vata mind being pacified.

Yoga and Meditation

Vata is moving (chala). One of the best ways to tackle an always-moving mind is Yoga and meditation.

Do real Yoga – the satwik kind, not the exercise one. You might find it difficult in the beginning to concentrate. But slowly, you will get used to it, as Kapha takes over and keeps you grounded.

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