It was one of those mornings.You know the kind: where everything just seems to be slightly off; where, suddenly, all sensory input feels like metal grinding on metal. Such is the life when you are responsible for small children and also in the midst of supreme Vata.
The word "Vata" may look unfamiliar but it's Ayurveda's way of categorizing the stuff of life. Vata is one of the doshas (more on those in a later post) and is made of light, dry, mobile, subtle, and rough. You know the feeling after drinking WAY too much coffee? Or being at a loud dance party? Or holiday shopping? Or when you wrestle a 3 year old into her clothes, pack snacks, simultaneously deal with a crying baby, get everyone/everything half packed into the car only to find that you have lost the keys. Yeah. That's the very stuff of excessive vata.
It's also the very stuff of modern life. THIS is what makes parents (and all humans, really) FREAK OUT on each other. This is what makes us scream at the kids, say things that we later regret, be rude to complete strangers, and generally perpetuate the nastiness of our culture. This is where we begin to feel so anxious that we start to lose touch with our bodies. This is where DEPLETION happens and that leads to a whole host of issues, either immediately or later in life.
Ayurveda is God's gift to us: it's the language to understand when we have excesses and how to manage them. Here are a couple of my tried-and-true Vata pro-tips:
Yoga Teacher. Thinker of things.
Sometimes I just need to empty the contents of my brain into words.