How to manage Vata as a sustainable movement

An email response to a client that was asking about whether she understood how to manage her Vata dosha - 

"So let me explain the Vata thing in reference to you. Yes, you are right on all levels but let's look at this deeper. Even when Vata holds onto the things it knows it should do, that kind of rigidity can actually cause stagnation. I know, crazy right?! So it's an interesting play and here's what I know, Vata needs juice not just in moist foods but juicy life with juicy people, things of substance, words of substance. At first you follow the rules and the most important aspect is the "stakes in the ground" as I call them. Sleep/wake, meal times, rest after eating, grounding foods. 

But then, the naturally cold, light, subtle, dull Vata needs life in the form of warm juiciness. So good company, people with a great laugh and sense of humour, mature women that look settled in themselves, quality furnishings that appeal to the senses and feel nice to touch, great lighting since Vata can be sensitive to light, inspirational movies/talks/theatre shows - the sheer brilliance of a good piece of art.

So I'm hoping you see how we initially deal with Vata, but then once those stakes are in the ground it's like letting a dog off the lead that behaves itself. It's a better dog that way since it can roam and explore as it naturally does but it doesn't get OUT OF CONTROL. You are in the process of control. But know this is a 2 stage process. Part two is providing for the very light and fun that Vata is good at doing."

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Sandra Radja

Established in 2012 The She Oak aims to provide healing through diet and lifestyle counselling as well as educational programs. I believe in teaching others to not only know their inherent constitutions that will best serve them but also how to help themselves should they mis-align with their true nature. Ayurveda treats the individual not the disease.