Do you have a Vata Imbalance?
Rebecca flies into my office about once a month rattled and scatter-brained. I can see her Vata imbalance within seconds of her entering the room. She practically bounces into my square chair with news of workplace disruptions, boyfriend break-ups, over commitments,
She’s eager to try anything I suggest, and then follows through about half the time.
Rebecca has a classic Vata imbalance.
Vata is an ancient name that describes a kind of body and mind physiology. Vata is one of 3 doshas. Kapha and Pitta are sister doshas with often opposing qualities. Each of us is a blend of these 3 doshas, described in great detail in a system of medicine called Ayurveda.
Ayurveda is a 5,000-year-old healing science dedicated to lengthening life and maximizing vibrancy. It offers us a time-tested method of overcoming deficient or excessive patterns. In Ayurveda, diet, herbs and lifestyle practices are considered non-negotiable components of a balanced, healthy state.
As humans, we are natural categorizing machines; our brains look for patterns. Discovering patterns we have in common with other humans allows us to find our tribe. Identifying behavior patterns can help us break free of self-destructive habits.
Rebecca’s tribe is a vibrant, healthy one, when it’s in a balanced state. Like all of us, she has qualities of each Dosha type, like the soft, empathic nature of a Kapha, and the fiery, driven passion of a Pitta.
At her healthiest, the strong and predominant Vata features in Rebecca’s constitution look like this:
- Thin, at or below normal Body Mass Index [calculate BMI here]
- Normal to slightly dry skin
- Fair complexion, blonde to light brown hair
- Small-boned and often tall
- Sensitive to cold temperatures
- High-energy but wears out easily
- Excellent multi-tasker
- Short attention span
- Great short-term memory
- Functions best with small meals and frequent snacks
- Sensitive to wind and changing weather conditions
So how did Rebecca become Vata imbalanced? Stay tuned. In my next post I’ll share with you why Rebecca became imbalanced but also how I helped her return to a healthy state.
Mo Horner is a professionally trained Registered Herbalist, specializing in botanical support for women and families. From hormones problems to emotional ups and downs, you’ll feel better about plant healing. Mo co-founded a donation-based community clinic associated with Herbalists Without Borders. She has two Omaha-area practices where she serves her clients in person or online, for those outside the area. Consultations are available by appointment.
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