Vatas are creative and contagiously energetic. The elements associated with vata are air and ether, meaning just like wind, you can quickly get off balance.
To balance a vata, I recommend the following:
Start your day with slow breathing exercises to bring awareness into your body. Not only is this a calming way to begin a morning, it also prepares you for the day ahead. Gentle yoga is an amazing tool for a vata and should be undertaken regularly. Calming walks through nature can help bring you back into balance. Try to slow down and focus on breath rather than movement.
Your diet staples should consist of warm and cooked foods. Start the day with a nourishing breakfast bowl such as my Fig and Cardamom Breakfast Bowl, which you can make by blending together a cup of almond milk, four figs, one banana, and a tablespoon of almond butter until smooth and creamy. There's nothing more comforting for vatas than the fragrant sweetness of figs and the creaminess of almond butter. Figs are cooling and soothing for the delicate tissues of the digestive system.
This can be accompanied by warm water or a mug of herbal tea, which should be continuously sipped on throughout the day. A lovely tea for vatas is my turmeric, cardamom, and cumin tea. Simply combine 1⁄4 teaspoon ground turmeric, 1⁄4 teaspoon ground cardamom or the seeds from 2 pods, ground, and 1⁄4 teaspoon ground cumin in a mug. Pour over boiling water and let steep for at least one minute before drinking.
During the cleansing period, raw foods, should be minimized. As a vata, you thrive on grounding foods and good fats and oils, so think about adding more ghee and coconut oil into your diet when cooking vegetables. Focus on warming, sweet, salty, and sour foods to ground you and bring stability like my Slow-Cooked Balancing Vegetables (below). This serves six so enjoy it with friends or family or save portions and extend your Ayurvedic lifestyle over several days and see how you feel. If you have this for lunch, try the kitchari (see recipe below) for dinner, or vice versa.