In our first blog, we discussed a brief overview about Ayurveda. We will now explore further the
important Principal Energies. Ayurveda holds the idea there are three energy principals which
are found in all living things. Together all three of these principals, when applied correctly, help
the body and mind stay in balance. Everyone possess all three however one is more dominant,
then second and then third is usually less prominent. It is important to learn and understand
how they work. In this blog we will explore Vata the energy of movement.
Ayurveda emphasizes energy balance. This balance contributes to strong immune capabilities
enabling the body to fight disease and sickness. Vata plays a significant role in all the energy
found on the cellular level. The energy required for getting nutrients into the cell and the
elimination of toxins from the cell, along with muscle movement, heart pulsation and
Of the three energies, if Vata is the dominant energy in the body, there will characteristics to be
aware of. For instance, during the change of seasons especially Fall is when this energy peaks
during the year. It is during these times that attention to foods and activities is most important.
Concerning activities, stability and routine are beneficial in maximizing the flow of energy. It is
important not to overextend oneself and avoid imbalance in these areas. People who are Vata
dominant must be on guard of diet, dry weather, cold weather, and getting proper rest. Positive
aspects of a dominant Vata are mental alertness, creativity, active lifestyle.
There are general guidelines to maintaining Vata balance.
Diet – keep consistent regular mealtimes, avoid cold or raw foods, avoiding sugar, eat warm
food and spices
Weather – Keep warm and avoid extreme cold
Lifestyle – Implement routines, get adequate rest, meditate, avoid caffeine and tobacco
Those that are Vata dominant are usually described as energetic and creative. They’re known
for thinking outside the box but can become easily distracted. What’s more, their mood is
highly dependent on the weather, people around them, and foods they eat
For those unfamiliar with this ancient knowledge, it is urged to explore and adopt many of the
principals into your own life and experience the many benefits Ayurveda offers.