You have a unique balance of doshas- your constitution – which is determined at conception. When the current ratio of your doshas is different than your constitution your doshas are out of balance.
The ideal situation is to be able to read the doshas in your body, and live a life that maintains your constitutional balance. If circumstances, either external or internal, arise that cause an imbalance, the sooner you restore the balance the better.
The natural progress through the stages of life, the changes in seasons, and time of day are external factors over which you have no control. They all have qualities that can affect your health. If you understand these qualities then you are in a position to reduce possible adverse effects by incorporating the opposite qualities into your lifestyle. To some extent you already do this when you wear a warm coat in winter, or sun hat in summer. By understanding the cycles of these external factors in relation to the qualities of Vata, Pitta, Kapha, you are in a better position to plan your lifestyle and diet to match your doshic needs.
The vata season is fall and early winter, which is why vata is more likely to become out of balance during this time. A doshic imbalance may have a negative effect on your mind and emotions. If a dosha is in excess you are more likely to display negative energy of a quality associated with it. If vata is out of balance you may experience negative emotions such as nervousness, anxiety, fear, confusion, grief, sadness, insecurity, lack of integrity, loss of creativity, lack of communication, and moodiness.
Understanding Vata is important when trying to keep it in balance. Vata is very light and subtle and is considered to be the container of everything. Ether, the aspect of vata that is least understood, becomes hypersensitive when out of balance. Ether is what lies behind that feeling of love when in balance, that thing you can’t explain, that heady feeling. Scattered ether sends you off into “no mans land” thoughts and emotions run wild.
Follow along tomorrow as I discuss major factors, to look out for, that increase vata and share a special vata-balancing recipe!