Tuesday, October 29, 2013


The following are the characteristics of Vata-Kapha Prakriti

Of your Vata-Kapha prakriti, Vata predominates your physical traits and Kapha controls your mental traits.
You have high level of enthusiasm, creativity and sensitivities coupled with physical and emotional stability.
You desire warmth in every sphere of activity, physical or emotional.
You may have digestive problems often associated with constipation and you may also be prone to respiratory congestion.
It is not only that you may not prove to be an effective leader, but you may also not be able to be a sincere follower of your leader.
It may also find it difficult to get a sound deep sleep and this makes you restless even after long hours of sleep.
You can do well in the fields where you don't have to work so hard physically and mentally like teaching and academics, personal secretary, supervisory jobs, clerical jobs, advertising and editing etc...

Lifestyle Recommendations For Vata-Kapha Prakriti

  • Avoid fasting and overeating
  • Avoid winter and rainy season and do not expose to direct wind blow
  • Never have chilly and spicy food.
  • Take steam bath & massage regularly.
  • Do have buttermilk with ginger.
  • Avoid chilled food, curry and dry food.
  • Avoid hard work
  • Avoid fasting

  • Vata is deeply calmed by:
    • Routine
    • Warmth
    • Serenity
    • Nourishment
    • Slowing down
    • Sleep
    Kapha is balanced by:
    • Stimulation
    • Motivation
    • Inspiration
    • Exercise
    • Lightening Foods and Activities
    • Warmth
    • Dryness
    Weaving these themes throughout your routine can help reduce both vata and kapha. Although it is often the case that vata-reducing activities aggravate kapha and vice versa, it is possible to balance both by including kapha-reducing motivating, inspirational activities at a mellow pace, within the context of a consistent daily routine. Notice that warmth is pacifying to both vata and kapha. So, staying warm, eating warm foods, drinking warm drinks, and – whenever possible – choosing warming remedies and herbal formulas will generally be very beneficial for you.

    Kapha Pacifying Diet

    General Guidelines

    The idea here is to decrease kapha without aggravating vata. It is often useful to focus on a kapha reducing diet and a vata reducing lifestyle. Foods that are naturally warming, cooked, and moderately spiced are the best choices for you. Warm, easily digested dishes, like one-pot meals, soups, and stews with lots of vegetables, made according to the principles given below, are generally balancing for both vata and kapha.
    • Foods that naturally taste moderately pungent, bitter or astringent.
    • Warming foods - – either with a warm energetic (like onions and garlic), a warm temperature, or both.
    • Warming spices - like chili, ginger, cinnamon and cumin, black pepper, or a little cayenne pepper.
    • Whole, freshly cooked foods.
    • Light, dry and warm foods.
    • Honey.
    • Only room temperature, warm, or hot drinks.
    • Most beans - mung dahl, well-cooked tofu or tempeh, and warm soy milk are all ok.
    • Lots of veggies.
    • A minimal amount of high-quality oils - corn, canola, sesame, sunflower oil or ghee in your daily diet.
    • Routine times for your meals.
    • Taking a deep breath after swallowing your last bite and heading off for your next activity.
    • Eating your meal in a peaceful environment.
    • Foods that are sweet, sour and/or salty.
    • Cooling foods - either with a cooling energetic (like watermelon or milk), a cool temperature, or both.
    • Heavy and oily foods (e.g. cheese, pudding, nuts, cake).
    • Highly processed foods (e.g. canned or frozen foods, "TV" dinners or pastries).
    • Cold or carbonated drinks.
    • Overeating or eating heavy meals.
    • Eating fresh fruit or drinking fruit juice within a half hour of any other food.
    • Red meat.
    • Foods or drinks that contain refined sugar or corn syrup.
    • Deep fried foods.
    • Alcohol, except for an occasional glass of dry red or white wine.

    Vata Pacifying Lifestyle

    General Guidelines

    • Life as you would imagine a master would: with calm awareness and a gentle pace.
    • A consistent daily routine with regular times for eating, sleeping, working, etc.
    • A daily 10-20 min. self-massage with 1/4 c. warmsunflower oil or pitta massage oil.
    • Click here for more information on abhyanga (Ayuvedic self massage), including the best oils for each dosha, contraindications, and benefits. Women who are menstruating or pregnant should not do abhyanga unless directed by a health care practitioner.
    • A gentle exercise routine that includes a calm, restorative, stretch-focused form of yoga such as vata-pacifying yoga, Tai qi (tai chi), qi gong (chi gong), walking, swimming (but don't get chilled) about five times per week.
    • Note: morning and evening are the best times to exercise (6-10am/pm); avoid exercising during the hottest part of the day (approx. 10am-2pm).
    • Keeping warm, no matter what the weather.
    • Sweet, soothing music, smells, scenes and company.

    Vata and Kapha Pacifying Herbal Remedies

    Both single herbs and general Ayurvedic herbal formulas can be very useful tools to help balance the doshas. Below are some formulations that are especially useful for the most common vata and kapha imbalances. Unless noted, all of these formulations are balancing for both vata and kapha, so you can choose according to your most pressing concerns. If you are unsure how to decrease both doshas at the same time or do not have a full understanding of which remedies are best for you, it would be good to consult an Ayurvedic practitioner who can customize formulas to suit your unique situation. Herbs for Vata

    • For a broad spectrum vata pacifying herbal formula, consider Healthy Vata
    • To support mental calmness and well-being, considerTranquil Mind
    • (excessive use, may aggravate kapha)
    • To balance vata in the joints, nerves and muscles, consider Joint Support
    • For dry or chapped skin, consider Vata Massage Oil
    • To support healthy elimination, consider Triphala
    • To support healthy weight gain, consider Ashwagandha
    • For dislike of cold and wind, consider Healthy Vata
    • For difficulty tolerating loud noises, consider Healthy Vata
    • To support a sound, restful sleep, consider I Sleep Soundly
    • To support stability and grounded awareness, considerMental Clarity
    • To support healthy, comfortable digestion consider Vata Digest
    Herbs for Kapha
    • For a broad spectrum kapha pacifying herbal formula, consider Healthy Kapha
    • To support the healthy elimination of excess mucous, consider Lung Formula
    • If you have a thick, white coating on your tongue, considerTriphalato support natural detoxification
    • and consider Kapha Digest to enkindle digestion
    • To support healthy elimination, consider Triphala
    • To promote optimal weight management, consider Trim Support
    • For difficulty rising in the morning, consider Healthy Kapha
    • For feeling slow, foggy, dull, lethargic or heavy considerMental Clarity or Healthy Kapha
    • To encourage letting go of attachments, consider Triphalaand Healthy Kapha
    • To support emotional composure, mental flexibility and motivation, consider Mental Clarity
    • To support healthy eating habits and weight management, consider Trim Support and Triphala

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