This post is about Vata sub doshas. If you don’t know what a dosha is, you can click here for the beginning. The sub doshas of Ayurveda identify and diagnose imbalances with accuracy for everyone, even beginners can have a go!
Why is Vata Dosha Important?
Vata is the Queen of the body, click here for a post dedicated to the ruller of your life…Vata. She is the most important dosha because it relates closely to our breath and the Life force of Prana. Vata is space and air combined, its primary action = movement or lack of. Queen Vata has many faithful guardians, known as sub doshas, that help to keep her safe and protected, and these sub doshas are called the Vayu’s or the 5 Pranas;
Have a look at how Vata sub doshas can show up as an imbalance
⭐ Imbalance presenting: Ever have a bad day, and even good things don’t seem to make you offer a smile? Everything feels wrong, you feel like you are foundering, unsupported, alone, and no one cares. Yah? This is Prana on the down low.
Who you look after; Prana – the first of Vata sub doshas – Prana is the Primary internal movement of the impressions we receive from life itself. Prana is our ability to take in and receive this life and the cosmic life force in balance. It feels like inspiration, happiness, pure potentiality. Some might call it divine inspiration. I have to pinch myself quite often to keep remembering that Prana is for our life benefit. It is there for us whenever we are feeling a bit under the weather or just need a pick me up! Breathe in!! Breathe out! Smile! Remember you are much more than this moment, much more than what you see in the mirror, so much more than what you believe. You are beyond what others think. You are as magnificent as the stars that ride high in any night sky and as sweet and tender as a little ladybird or newborn child. Breathe, remember, and smile.
⭐ Imbalance presenting: Constipation, over-reactive, lower back pain, lower belly pain, elimination is uncomfortable
Who you need to look after; Apana – Downward energy that is our waste removal system for all things. We should never fill our body without first eliminating. This energy and breath ensure correct capacity to receive our portion of Life’s cosmic energy; Prana…when it is balanced, boy do you know! Cause you feel alive, awake, there is no tiredness, no foggy-ness. It’s the BAM.⚡
Who you need to look after; Udana – Upward energy and output of this energy, such as expression and speech. Located from the chest, throat to the head, clarity of communication in thought, senses and sense organs. This energy helps lead us to discernment and wisdom…it leads us to right living values and aspirations. Wholesomeness.
⭐ Imbalance presenting: Indigestion, bloating, burning, sharp judgements, feeling unwell
Who you need to look after; Samana vayu – I sometimes think of this like a centripetal force, but it is the pulsation of the energy of absorption- inwards to the body centre. This is the space to transform and assimilate your food and energy for the mind. It works hard for us, trying to keep upper and lower body parts in sync and still allow for complete correct digestion through the correct balance of space and movement for our correct digestion of life! Go Samana!
⭐ Imbalance presenting: Low motor skills, co-ordination, cold hands/cold feet, a nervous twitch, unbalanced emotions
Who you need to look after; Vyana vayu – waves or pulsations of Prana, moving away from our heart and physical central point. Pulsating outwards in our circulatory system, it expands into our extremities and subtle breathing body. It brings us information and energy from the senses, breath, emotions, thoughts…it is a powerhouse for learning and educating others for right living.
How to reduce or eventually eliminate a Vata Imbalance?
Remedies for Vata will help re balance the whole body. But we must be vigilant and help our body as often as possible. It has taken years for our body to be this way, so we must continue to practice better practices to help heal and nourish.
⚡🌪✨Remedies for all Vata sub doshas or the Vayu’s: Pranayama, pranayama, pranayama, especially Nadi Shodhana. Click here for a tutorial.
Or the simplest quick remedy is to breathe out …then breathe in. 5 more times. Each time bring a little bit more awareness into the breathing itself, rather than it just being a physical thing. But to be aware of the body as a whole, breathing with awareness and kindness to the practice itself. In this way removing yourself from the urgency of fixing something that you feel is wrong, and coming to find what is right. This breath here right now.
The thing about the Vayu’s, they come from space and air and so are quite hard to keep to the task. They need regular reminding of their purpose and designated areas of importance! They are forgetful and go off to play, or get hysterical and anxious in a meltdown.
Breathe out, long and slow. Contact a Yoga and Ayurveda therapist to help find your natural rhythm, and learn to accept the dosha life as a way to live in harmony with our whole being. You are singularly magnificent.
Ultimately Ayurveda desires all being to be truly happy in their life and their quest for liberation. Do you want your Queens share?
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Next blog….how Pitta and his sub doshas power can melt us, burn us and save us…click here.
© September 20, 2020 Kelly Marie Mills