50 places to celebrate the International Yoga Day (21st June) in Singapore

Come celebrate first International Yoga Day on 21st June 2015 in 50 centres across Singapore! Free yoga classes, talks on heathy lifestyle by experts and free goodies!! A great family experience to kickstart the fathers day as well 🙂

As many of you are aware, 21st June 2015, will be celebrated as the first ‘International Yoga Day’!

Yoga is a 5,000-year-old physical, mental and spiritual practice having its origin in India, which aims to transform both body and mind. Narendra Modi during his address to UN General Assembly stated: “Yoga is an invaluable gift of India’s ancient tradition. It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfilment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well-being. It is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature.”

In suggesting June 21, which is the Summer Solstice, as the International Day of Yoga, Narendra Modi had said that, “the date is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and has special significance in many parts of the world.”

Singapore will host the first edition of ‘International Day of Yoga’ on June 21 at about 50 locations across the country.  The objective of the event is to spread awareness of yoga as a holistic measure for attainment of a healthy body and mind. So come join the Yoga movement! 

The centres range from schools, polytechnics, universities to workers’ dormitories, Yoga studios, Community Centres, iconic malls like Ion Orchard to Changi International Airport. Free Yoga T-shirts, mats and healthy snack-packs would also be distributed to the registered participants. As a curtain raiser to the event, the High Commissioner of India, HE Mrs Vijay Thakur Singh launched a web portal for online registration of Singapore participants for the mega event. Please click here to register! http://idayofyoga.org/singapore.

The Yoga events would comprise conducting free yoga classes by the yoga experts followed by a talk on yoga and healthy living by the specialists. The event would start at 8.30AM and continue till 10.00 AM. You can join in the celebrations at any of the centres below! See you there!

Name & Address of the centres celebrating

  • Art of Living : 433, Race Course Road, Downtown Core, 218679
  • Botanic Garden : 1 Cluny Road, Singapore 259569
  • Brahma Kumaris Raja Yoga Centre : Peace Hall, #03-00, 7 Hindoo Road, Singapore 209108
  • Bukit Panjang CC : 8 Pending Road, Singapore 678295
  • Changi International Airport : Terminal 3, Next to Check-in Row 11
  • Chong Pang Community Club : 21, Yishun Ring Road, Singapore 768677
  • DAV Hindi School : 113 Syed Alwi Road, Level 2, Singapore 207681
  • Geylang West CC : 1205 Upper Boon Keng Road, Singapore 387311
  • Global Indian International School (GIIS) – Queenstown Campus : 1 Mei Chin Road, Singapore 149253
  • Global Indian International School (GIIS) – East Coast Campus : 82 Cheviot Hill, Singapore 459663
  • Global Indian International School (GIIS) – Balestier Campus : 51 Jalan Rajah, Singapore 329154
  • High Commission of India : 31 Grange Road, Singapore 239702
  • Hindi Society  : Mahatma Gandhi Memorial, 3 Race Course Lane, Singapore 218731
  • Isha Foundation : Star Vista@, Buona Vista, 1 Vista Exchange Green Singapore 138617
  • Isha Foundation  : JCube, 2 Jurong East Central 1, Singapore 609731
  • Isha Foundation : Ion Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn, Singapore 238801
  • Kolam Ayer Community Club : 3188 Geylang Bahru, Singapore, 339717
  • MES Group : Kaki Bukit Dormitory, 25 Kaki Bukit Road 3, Singapore
  • National University of Singapore : 101 Clementi road, Singapore 129790, Communal hall level 2
  • Ngee Ann Polytechnic : 535, Clementi Road, Singapore 599489
  • Prabhu Yoga Club : 175A Bencoolen Street, Unit # 10-10, Burlington Square, Office Tower,Bugis,Singapore 189650
  • Siglap South CC : 6 Palm Road, Singapore 456441
  • Singapore Management University : Function Room 6-1, Level 6, Administration Building, SMU, 81 Victoria Street, Singapore 188065
  • S.P.Jain School of Global Management : 10 Hyderabad Road, Off Alexander Road, Singapore 119879
  • Tampines Changkat CC : 13 Tampines Street 11, Singapore 529453
  • True Yoga / True Fitness : Pacific Plaza, 9 Scotts Road, Level 4, Pacific Plaza, Singapore 228210
  • True Yoga / True Fitness : Ocean Financial Centre, 10 Collyer Quay, Level 4, Ocean Financial Centre,Singapore
  • True Yoga / True Fitness : Djitsun Mall, 5 Ang Mo Kio Central 2 #04-01 Singapore 569663
  • True Yoga / True Fitness : Great World City Mall, 1 Kim Seng Promenade #03-14 Singapore 237994
  • True Yoga / True Fitness : China Square Central, 18 Cross Street #B1-26 Singapore 048423
  • True Yoga / True Fitness : Chevron House, 30 Raffles Place #07-00 Singapore 048622
  • True Yoga / True Fitness : Harbourfront Centre, 1 Maritime Square HarbourFront Centre #03-23/28 Singapore 099253
  • True Yoga / True Fitness : Suntec City Mall, 3 Temasek Boulevard #03-318 to 323 Singapore 038983
  • True Yoga / True Fitness : Parkway Parade, 80 Marine Parade Road #07-15/17 Singapore 449269
  • True Yoga / True Fitness : NTUC Tampines Junction, 300 Tampines Ave 5 # 08-01/04 Singapore 529653
  • Vivekananda Seva Sangh (Singapore) Ltd : Yuhua Community Club, 90 Boon Lay Way, Jurong East, Singapore 609958, Nearest MRT: Chinese Garden
  • Vyasa Yoga : Civil Service Club, 60, Tessenshon Road, Singapore 217664
  • Vyasa Yoga : Civil service club, 91, Bukit Batok West Avenue 2, Singapore 659206
  • Vyasa Yoga : Civil service club, 2, Netheravon Road, Singapore 508503
  • Westlite Dormitory Pte Ltd : 28 Toh Guan Road East, #02-01, Singapore (608596)
  • Yew Tee CC : 20 Chua Chu Kang Street 52 #01-01, Singapore 689286
  • Yoga Kalari Gardens : 11A Lichfield Road, Singapore 556831
  • Yuva Bharati International School : # 3 , Hu Ching Road, Jurong West, Singapore – 619 651
  • Kembangan Community Club : 5 Lengkong Tiga, Singapore 417408
  • Singapore Indian Fine Arts Society (SIFAS) : 2A, Starlight Road, Singapore 217755
  • One Wellness : 164A / 166A ,Rochor Road ,Bugis village , Level -2 , On top of KFC Singapore -188440
  • Sahaja Yoga : AZ Building, #07-15, 140 Paya Lebar Road, Opposite Macpherson MRT, Exit A Singapore 409015
  • Sree Narayana Mission Singapore : Multi-purpose Hall on level 2 12 Yishun Avenue 5 Singapore 768992
  • Ramakrishna Mission, Nikam Guruji Yoga Kutir : 179 Bartley Road, Singapore 539784
  • OM Healing : Sri Senpaga Vinayagar Temple Hall @Floor 2, Timings 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM, 19 Ceylon Road, Singapore 429613
  • Sahaj Marg Spirituality Foundation : LHK3 Building # 05-03, 8 New Industrial Road, Singapore 536200

Foods that can tame Kapha Dosha

Love food?! Eat more spicy, sour food and even start a meal with a small dessert to enjoy your food love healthily!

“Without proper diet, medicine is of no use. With proper diet, medicine is of no need”.  Ayurveda believes that most physical, emotional, mental imbalances are caused by dosha imbalances. And with proper diet and lifestyle changes, you can fundamentally balance the dosha and lead a healthier life.

The Three Tastes of Kapha Dosha – Pungent, Bitter and Astringent

There are six tastes in Ayurveda: sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter or astringent.The tastes that work the best for balancing Kapha Dosha are

Pungent (Katu)

  • Katu is the hottest of all the rasas and it is made up of fire and air. These two forces combine to get those digestive fires burning! This leads to an improved appetite, stimulating blood circulation subsequently motivating the senses.
  • The Kapha dosha need this boost to get moving and remove any sluggishness. Also, the air quality of Katu is just what the [Ayurvedic :)] doctor ordered for drying up all the mucous in the body as Kapha tends to have sinus and congestion issues.
  • Pungent foods include: fresh ginger, hot peppers, onions, garlic, mustard and hot spices.

Bitter (Tikta)

  • Air and Space are the qualities that comprise this rasa, giving it cool and drying qualities.
  • Bitter foods help to gently detoxify and cleanse the body as well as the mind; assisting kapha’s sluggish and heavier disposition.
  • The Bitter taste abounds in foods such dark leafy greens, broccoli, sprouts, beets and herbs such as turmeric and fenugreek.

Astringent (Kasaya)

  • Air and Earth comprise this taste. Cool, dry, and light, the astringent rasa has a airy and drying effect, making it  ideal for Kapha.
  • The astringent taste abounds in foods such as: beans and legumes, broccoli and cauliflower, green grapes, cranberries, pomegranates, alfalfa sprouts, and okra.

The tastes to reduce or avoid – Sweet, Sour and Salty

Sweet (Madhura)

  • Sweet is made up of Earth and Water.Its heavy, oily, moist qualities tend to slow down digestion, as it will quickly increase Kapha when taken in excess. It’s often suggested in ayurveda for Kapha to eat small dessert first in the meal if needed J
  • However, sweet taste does not mean only desserts! The sweet taste abounds in foods such as carbohydrates like wheat, rice, grains, oatmeal, fresh/dried fruit and even dairy like milk, cheese etc.

Sour (Amla)

  • The sour taste is comprised of the elements earth and fire. can suffocate kapha with its slippery, grounding nature.
  •  Sour foods include lemons, limes, plums, vinegar, and pickled and fermented foods.

Salty (Lavana)

  • The salty taste, made of fire and water, tends to be a heavy and heaty. Its heating quality fires up the appetite and digestion. Kapha will be attracted to the warmth of salty flavors, but this flavor tends to promote more weight gain and water retention than what Kapha really wants.
  • Salty foods that work are Seaweed, salted nuts, olives and conserved/preserved foods.

 

Principles of food that help tame Kapha Dosha

  • People with Kapha dosha love food! Watch out for eating too much food and putting on weight, a typical kapha tendency. Kaphas need to watch the consumption of too much sweet foods or fatty foods.
  • Foods to eat: The best foods for Kapha dosha are – Warm, light, dry food, cooked without much water, minimum of butter, oil and sugar. Eat lightly cooked foods or raw fruits and vegetables. The food needs to be stimulating with pungent (spicy), bitter, and astringent tastes. Select hot food over cold food whenever feasible. Dry cooking methods (baking, broiling, grilling, sautéing) are preferable for Kaphas over moist cooking such as steaming, boiling or poaching.
  • Foods to avoid: On the other hand foods that are sweet (yes – desserts!), sour and salty should be avoided. Avoid deep fried foods. Keep an eye on the salt consumption also, which tend to result in fluid retention in Kaphas. Also avoid ‘cold’ foods in general – in temperature and energetically – take a glass of hot water instead of ice water.
  • Breaking the fast: Try hot ginger tea to kick-start your sluggish digestive system or take honey, hot water, lemon juice and ginger. Kapha breakfast should be hot (spiced cider, hot oatmeal or bitter cocoa with skim milk and a touch of honey). Avoid cold cereals, cold juice or milk, and sugary pastries. Avoid breakfast meats like Bacon, sausage as that aggravates Kapha due to their salt and oil.
  • Best Fats: In general, for Kapha dosha, fats are recommended in small quantities only. Pungent fats are better than sweeter fats – so mustard oil, sunflower oil, corn oil work better for Kapha dosha
  • Staples: In general, ‘lighter’ carbohydrates are good for Kapha- Barley, millet, corn, buckwheat, rye, quinoa, couscous and oats and whole grain breads (toasted). Whole wheat, rice and cooked oats should be reduced as hot cereals and steamed grains, in general, as they are too moist and heavy for Kapha.
  • Vegetables:Pungent and bitter vegetables are best for balancing Kapha dosha. . Some recommended veggies are – all green leafy vegetables, carrot, beets, artichoke, broccoli, corn, celery, cabbage, cauliflower, peas, bell pepper, green beans , peas, sprouts, tender radish etc.Avoid or reduce sweet juicy vegetables like sweet potatoes, zucchini, tapioca, winter squash etc
  • Dairy: Don’t overindulge on dairy foods. Butter, ice cream, and cheese are among the worst foods you can take as it aggravates the Kapha. Take warm low fat milk. Avoid heavy cheeses and milk shakes.
  • Meat: In small quantities – White meat, turkey or eggs works the best. Avoid Red meat and seafood as they aggravate the dosha.
  • Drinks:Spicy, Astringent or Bitter beverages work the best. Chai ( spiced indian tea) is the best for the dosha. Pomegranate or prune juices give you astringent tastes.  Juices of bitter and astringent veggies like bitter-gourd and Jamun are excellent for Kapha.
  • Fruits: Dried and/ or astringent fruits are great for Kapha. Good examples are
    apricots, berries, cherries, cranberries, figs, peaches, pears, prunes, pomegranates etc. Avoid fruits that are too sweet, sour or very juicy like avocados, bananas, coconut, dates, grapefruit, grapes, melons, oranges, papayas, pineapples, plums etc
  • Spices: All spices are good, except salt. Specially ginger tea or a pinch or ginger to stimulate appetite. Heating spices like  black pepper, cumin, mustard seeds, ajwain, saffron, hing, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, anise, fennel, coriander, dill, mint, garlic, nutmeg, tamarind are especially beneficial to this dosha.
  • Sweetners : Kaphas have a sweet tooth. So, cutting down on sugar is difficult for many of them. Cutting sugar is highly recommended. Take honey instead, but avoid taking more than a spoonful of honey a day.

Remember the golden rules in regard to food; eat only when hungry; eat small meals; eat your last meal at least four hours before bedtime; and eat food chosen from the food list from your Dosha. Meals should not be consumed when anxious, stressed, or depressed. If you are hungry before bed then take suitable fruits only.

Note: The information in this article is intended for your educational use only. Always seek the advice of qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition and before undertaking any diet, fitness, or other health program.

Foods that can tame Pitta Dosha

Can eat everything? Doesn’t mean you should! Sweet, juicy, cooling foods work better to douse your raging digestive fire!

“Without proper diet, medicine is of no use. With proper diet, medicine is of no need”.  Ayurveda believes that most physical, emotional, mental imbalances are caused by dosha imbalances. And with proper diet and lifestyle changes, you can fundamentally balance the dosha and lead a healthier life.

The Three Tastes of Pitta Dosha – Sweet, Bitter and Astringent.

There are six tastes in Ayurveda: sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter or astringent.The tastes that work the best for balancing Pitta Dosha are

Sweet (Madhura)

  • As Sweet is made up of Earth and Water it has a calming effect on the burning Pitta fire.
  • This taste is great for Pitta as many foods in this Rasa are cooling, heavy and moist, helping douse those flames! It has a calming and restorative effect for the “live-wire” Pitta.
  • However, sweet taste does not mean only desserts! The sweet taste abounds in foods such as carbohydrates like wheat, rice, grains, oatmeal, fresh/dried fruit and even dairy like milk, cheese etc.

Bitter (Tikta)

  • Air and Space are the qualities that comprise this rasa, giving it cool and drying qualities. It is ideal for Pitta- especially in aiding digestion when an imbalance is present.
  • Bitter foods help to gently detoxify and cleanse the body as well as the mind; enhancing clearer vision. Pitta’s creativity will flourish as the body and mind have been cleared of any ‘junk’
  • The Bitter taste abounds in foods such dark leafy greens, broccoli, sprouts, beets and herbs such as turmeric and fenugreek.

Astringent (Kasaya)

  • Air and Earth comprise this taste. Cool, dry, and light, the astringent rasa has a cooling effect. The gentle coolness helps moderate Pitta’s fire and continues to be present during and post-digestion too; making it a long-term solution for an imbalanced Pitta dosha.
  • The astringent taste abounds in foods such as: beans and legumes, broccoli and cauliflower, green grapes, cranberries, pomegranates, alfalfa sprouts, and okra.

The tastes to reduce or avoid – Pungent, Sour and Salty

Pungent (Katu)

  • Katu is the hottest of all the rasas and it is made up of fire and air. It significantly increases fire in Pitta, unbalances the Dosha and gives rise to most gastro-interstinal issues Pitta Dosha suffers from on a going basis.
  • Pungent foods include: fresh ginger, hot peppers, onions, garlic, mustard and hot spices.

Sour (Amla)

  • The sour taste is comprised of the elements earth and fire. Its heating quality fires up the appetite and digestion, often causing more heat than what Pitta can handle with already raging fire.This can create acid indigestion, hyperacidity, heartburn, and ulcers.
  • Sour foods include lemons, limes, plums, vinegar, and pickled and fermented foods.

Salty (Lavana)

  • The salty taste, made of fire and water, tends to be a heavy and heaty. The heat can add to the already hot Pitta’s system, sometimes causing hypertension and heartburn
  • Salty foods that work are Seaweed, salted nuts, olives and conserved/preserved foods.

Principles of food that help tame Pitta Dosha

  • Since Pittas have strong efficient digestion, they can generally eat just about everything. Most Pittas get into trouble by continued use of too much salt, overuse of sour and spicy food and overeating all of which are “heating” to the body.
  • Foods to eat: A pitta pacifying diet favors juicy, cooling foods with high water content with a balance of whole, freshly cooked foods and fresh and raw foods.Its recommended to take cool, refreshing food like Salads (with a not too acidic dressing). Since Pitta is a hot & fiery dosha, warm, cooling foods such as these are good for stabilizing Pitta.
  • Foods to avoid: On the other hand foods that are pungent, sour and salty should be avoided. Hot foods (both energetically and in temperature), extra spicy (like Chili and cayenne peppers.), highly processed foods (like canned or frozen foods, “TV” dinners or pastries) are not very good for persons with Pitta imbalance.
  • Best Fats: GHEE (clarified butter) is the best fat for Pitta, both for cooking and applying externally as it pacifies the fire. In case of heavy Pitta imbalance, it’s even suggested to start the day with a spoonful of warm ghee (can take with warm milk). However, in case of people with cholesterol & heart issues, it should be taken in moderation. Coconut oil, unsalted butter are other options that works very well as its heavy nature settles the dosha.
  • Staples: In general, ‘good’ carbohydrates are good for Pitta as they help douse the fire. The recommended choices are – Whole wheat, rice (esp. basmati rice), barley and oats.Barley is considered the best Pitta grain, due to its cooling, drying and alkalizing effects. Other grains that work are – granola, couscous, and quinoa. Corn, Millet, Rye and even short-grain brown rice are best reduced or avoided, as they tend to heat up the bodies.
  • Vegetables:In general sweet and bitter vegetables are good for Pitta dosha.  Some recommended veggies are – Green leafy vegetables, Carrot, cucumber, beetroot, pumpkin, okra, cabbage, Asparagus, Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower
    Cucumber, Lettuce, Peas, Potatoes, Sprouts, Squash, Sweet potatoes, Zucchini etc. Reduce Pungent vegetables like garlic, hot peppers, raw onions, radishes etc.
  • Dairy: All dairy is good in moderation, esp. cold dairyis suitable for Pitta. Cold milk, Ghee, soft cheeses and cottage cheese works best. Goat’s milk and soy milk also compliment this dosha.
  • Meat: Given the fire existing in this dosha, vegetarian food is the best, as meat tends to heat up the body. In small quantities – White meat or eggsworks the best. Avoid Red meat and seafood as they produce more fire.
  • Drinks:Bitter or sweet juices work the best. Juice of aloe vera, apples, berries work great. Juices of bitter and astringent veggies like bitter-gourd and Jamun are excellent for Pitta. Herb teas are usually good. Prefer mint, licorice root or other sweet fruit teas. Avoid coffee is also pitta aggravating due to the acid in coffee.
  • Fruits: Sweet and ripe or astringent fruits are great for Pitta. Good examples are ripe pineapple, ripe mango, dates, coconut, pomegranate, grapes, black berries , prunes, avocado and watermelon. Avoid fruits that are sour or un-ripe like sour plums, strawberries, cranberries etc.
  • Spices: Spices are generally avoided as too heating. In small amounts, the following sweet and astringent spices are fine – Cardamom, Cilantro(green coriander), Cinnamon, Coriander seed, Dill, Fennel, Mint, Saffron, Turmeric etc.  Best to avoid all pungent herbs and spices. Take only the minimal amounts of the following – Barbecue sauce, Catsup, Mustard, Pickles, Salt ,Sour salad dressings, Spicy condiments, Vinegar

 Remember the golden rules in regard to food; eat only when hungry; eat small meals; eat your last meal at least four hours before bedtime; and eat food chosen from the food list from your Dosha. Meals should not be consumed when anxious, stressed, or depressed. If you are hungry before bed then take suitable fruits only.

Note: The information in this article is intended for your educational use only. Always seek the advice of qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition and before undertaking any diet, fitness, or other health program.

 

Foods that can tame Vata Dosha

Lucky Vata! Bring on the butter and the sweets! Nourishing, heavier textured, rich and warm food is just what the doctor ordered!

“Without proper diet, medicine is of no use. With proper diet, medicine is of no need”.  Ayurveda believes that most physical, emotional, mental imbalances are caused by dosha imbalances. And with proper diet and lifestyle changes, you can fundamentally balance the dosha and lead a healthier life.

The Three Tastes of Vata Dosha – Sweet, Sour and Salty

There are six tastes in Ayurveda: sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter or astringent. The tastes that work the best for balancing Vata Dosha are

Sweet (Madhura) 

  • Sweet is the most grounding and wholesome taste. As Sweet is made up of Earth and Water it has a calming effect on the nervous energy that Vata tends to possess.
  • This taste is great for Vata as it is heavy and moist, adding bulk to the Vata’s slight frame and lubricating dry skin and joints.
  • However, sweet taste does not mean only desserts! The sweet taste abounds in foods such as carbohydrates like wheat, rice, grains, oatmeal, fresh/dried fruit and even dairy like milk, cheese etc.

Sour (Amla)

  • The sour taste is comprised of the elements earth and fire. Its warming quality fires up the appetite and digestion leading to more effective elimination of waste and toxins from the body. Vata often needs a helping hand when it comes to a weak digestion. The sour taste has moistening properties that serves the ‘dry’ Vata well.
  • Sour foods include lemons, limes, plums, vinegar, and pickled and fermented foods.

Salty (Lavana)

  • The salty taste is comprised of fire and water and tends to be a little heavy and moist. Its grounding and moistening properties are just what Vata needs to pacify the ‘wind’, hydrate and thus helping them to center.
  • Salt stimulates digestion, helps maintain electrolyte balance, softens tissues, and has a mild laxative effect when taken in moderation.
  • Salty foods that work are Seaweed, salted nuts, olives and conserved/preserved foods.

The tastes to reduce or avoid – Pungent, Bitter, Astringent

Pungent (Katu)

  • Katu is the hottest of all the rasas and it is made up of fire and air. It significantly increase air and unbalances Vata Dosha
  • Pungent foods include: fresh ginger, hot peppers, onions, garlic, mustard and hot spices.

Bitter (Tikta)

  • Air and Space are the qualities that comprise this rasa, giving it cool and drying qualities. Best to avoid for Vata as it increases the dryness and air.
  • The Bitter taste abounds in foods such dark leafy greens, broccoli, sprouts, beets and herbs such as turmeric and fenugreek.

Astringent (Kasaya)

  • Air and Earth comprise this Rasa/Taste. Cool, dry, and light, the astringent rasa has a cooling effect making it bad for Vata. To identify ‘Astringent’ taste, think of things that leaves your mouth ‘dry’ and needing water after eating.
  • The astringent taste abounds in foods such as: beans and legumes, broccoli and cauliflower, green grapes, cranberries, pomegranates, alfalfa sprouts, and okra.

Principles of food that help tame Vata  Dosha

  • All soothing foods are good for settling disturbed Vata. Vata people should take food that is warm, moderately heavy texture, not too dry, soothing, nourishing, and rich with added butter and fat.
  • Foods to eat: Use foods such as: warm milk, cream, butter, warm soups, stews, hot cereals, and fresh baked bread. Since Vata is a cold dry dosha, warm, nourishing foods such as these are good for stabilizing Vata.
  • Foods to avoid: On the other hand cold foods such as cold salads, iced drinks, raw vegetables and fruits and greens are not very good for persons with Vata imbalance.
  • Best Fats: OILs are very good for Vata, both for cooking and applying externally as it pacifies the air. Nut butter is another fat that works very well for Vata dosha as its oily,heavy nature settles the dosha.
  • Staples: In general, ‘good and heavy’ carbohydrates are good for Vata. The recommended choices are – Wheat, cooked oatmeal, Rice (cooked and not puffed), Semolina, noodles/pasta (preferably brown), quinoa and amaranth.
  • Vegetables:In general eat cooked vegetables, with juicy sweet vegetables being the best. Avoid raw or frozen vegetables, cold salads in general. Veggies that are good for Vata are:Asparagus, beets, carrots, cucumber, green beans, pumpkin, squashes, watercress.
  • Dairy:All dairy is good in moderation. However, avoid having it cold (i.e. cold milk, ice creams, cold cheeses etc.).  A good way to drink milk would be warm with few warming spices like cinnamon or nutmeg.
  • Meat: White meat or seafood in small quantity. Avoid Red meat.
  • Main meal:Breakfast is highly recommended for Vata Dosha. Use hot cereals such as cream of rice or wheat or any other breakfast that is warm, milky, and sweet. Warm milk is good. You can add a little sugar or honey to it if you prefer.
  • Drinks: Vata dosha should have warm or hot water instead of ice water and drinks or hot or herbal tea with snacks in the late afternoon. Avoid drinks with high caffeine as it disturbs Vata.
  • Snacks: Best snacks for Vata is salted nuts that are heavy and oily as opposed to dry salty snacks. Avoid eating candies as it disturbs Vata.
  • Fruits:All sweet fruits are Ok for Vata. Avoid unripe fruits and fruits like cranberries, figs etc. as they are astringent.
  • Spices: Warming spices like cinnamon, cardamom, cumin, ginger, cloves, black pepper in moderation. Avoid extremely hot spices like cayenne pepper.

Remember the golden rules in regard to food; eat only when hungry; eat small meals; eat your last meal at least four hours before bedtime; and eat food chosen from the food listfrom your Dosha. Meals should not be consumed when anxious, stressed, or depressed. If you are hungry before bed then take suitable fruits only.

Note: The information in this article is intended for your educational use only. Always seek the advice of qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition and before undertaking any diet, fitness, or other health program.