Perfect yoga postures to balance the Vata
Author : kayasetu setu | Published On : 26 Jul 2021
Vata is the air element. The qualities of Vata are dry, light, cool, rough, subtle, and mobile. The persons with Vata are very generous, agile, and are quite proficient in multitasking. Vata imbalance can be controlled by using Ayurvedic techniques. The causes of Vata imbalance are: Stressful life Lack of exercise and overwork Missing meals Anxiety
A Vata-predominant person’s Prakriti has its own strengths and weaknesses. Excess of Vata may lead to brittle skin, lips, hair, nails, or bones. A person with less quantity of Vata has a lanky physique, light bones, and psychologically feels insecure and may suffer from insomnia. A person having the cold quality of Vata has cold hands and feet and they always crave warmth. The people with the mobile quality of Vata are introverted, creative and they generally lead an active life.
Asanas for Vata:
The asanas that are most suitable for Vata are calming and grounding by nature. These asanas help remove fear, worry, and anxiety. Vata imbalances can trigger problems such as constipation, lower back pain, and joint pains. The main residence of Vata in the human body is the lower abdomen, pelvis, and large intestine. The asanas that strengthen the lower back help in alleviating Vata. Most of the asanas are good for balancing Vata. Some asanas particularly good for Vata are:
1. Uttanasana (Standing Forward Bend): This asana is exceptionally good for balancing Vata. Stand with the feet about shoulder-width apart. Raise the arms over the head to reach towards the sky. Bend forward from the hips while exhaling; keep your back straight while doing so. Bend as far forward as comfortably as you can.
2. Balasana (Child’s Pose): It is an asana for compressing the pelvis and the Vata region. For this sit upright. Keep your knees flexed and keep them placed under your buttocks. Bend forward from the hips until the head is resting on the floor or you can use a blanket or a pillow for your head. During this procedure, your arms should be at your sides. This asana is best for constipation and the chronic problem of acidity.
3. SuptaVirasana (Reclining Hero Pose): This asana does not compress the pelvis, but it creates a mild extension of the lower abdominal muscles and lower back. It is good for Vata. Kneel with the knees. Legs should be out to the side of the pelvis. Place the hands on the soles of the feet. If possible for you gradually lower the back down to the floor.
4. Dhanurasana (Bow pose): Lie on your stomach. The arms should be at the sides. Lift the head, shoulders, and chest. Bend both the knees. Reach back and take hold of the ankles. For maximum relief of vata you should let your legs farther into the air.
5. Virasana, Siddhasana, and Padmasana are very calming asanas that calm the agitated nature of Vata.
Thus we can see that we can balance our doshas not only with food and medicine but also with yoga.
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