26 Jan 2014
The inner winds of our being relate to our mind and can be a reflection of the outer winds of nature revolving in and around us. These elements of nature live deep within our physical, mental and emotional self. According to Ayurveda, if the winds within us get too high, we call it an elevated Vata condition. It is expressed through: anxiousness, fear, dry skin, digestive gases, constipation and lack of sleep. Why the dry? Think about it for example: when the winds blow harder and stronger outside, and you have clothes hanging out to dry, they dry much faster. This is the same for us internally. The more winds that blow outside, the more dried up we become inside. As a result, our minds can feel more agitated, and we can get spacey and feel ungrounded.
Sound familiar living on Maui? What can Ayurveda do to balance these winds inside of us? Apply more oil to your head and body. The best oil that will deeply penetrate is sesame oil for the cold months and coconut oil for the hot summer days. The heavy quality of these oils will help to ground you, and as a result, calm your nervous system. Applying nasya oil is particularly beneficial since the nose is the seat of prana, the bridge that links breath from mind to body. By applying oil into the nose, this calms the mind, opens the senses, esp. the sinuses, and assists with allergens. It protects us from toxins. Therefore applying oil to the head, nose and body can protect us from free radicals we breathe in on a daily basis and create a sense of peace within.
Uma Margo Gal, CAP, is a certified Ayurvedic Practitioner since 1987 under Dr. V. Lad and also certified under Dr. S. Joshi & Kalidas University in India. She has a private practice in Ayurvedic Healing on Maui and teaches Yoga/Ayurvedic Sciences internationally. Call her at 808-250-716, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.MauiAyurvedicHealing.com.