Meditation for Vata, Pitta and Kapha in Ayurveda
Student: Ayurveda Wellness Practitioner Program, San Diego College of Ayurveda
Meditation helps decrease stress, promote focus as well as help individuals be more conscious and aware of their mind and itʼs behavior.
When determining what meditation is best for an individual a practitioner should consider
i The individuals dominant dosha - Vata, Pitta and Kapha
ii The 3 gunas (Sattva, Tamas, Rajas), and,
iii Consider the theory of similar and dissimilar to help bring the mind back in balance.
A vata mind is dominated by the air quality and is all about movement so they tend to get mentally ungrounded, scattered, anxious or spacey when out of balance.
They should practice meditations that help keep them grounded, enhance stability, and help them release stress and stay focused. All meditations
help vata in some beneficial way but some in particular like TM, Zen, and Yoga Nidra are more calming and can help ease a vata mind.
Trees and mountains are solid, rooted, earthy, grounded so meditating in nature and near or around them
can have a grounding effect on vatas in tamas.
Sitting in peaceful contemplation near water can be good for both vata and pitta minds in tamas.
Water is very soothing to all the senses so sitting in deep contemplation with their feet in the water, taking in the peaceful sounds of the surroundings, the smells, and the energetics of the flowing water can instantly sooth and ease any disturbed mind.
Rajasic vatas tends to be hyperactive and nervous so a sitting meditation will not be a good choice for them.
They should instead do a walking meditation on a
beach or take a peaceful hike in a woodsy area.
When in tamas their focus should be on feeling grounded on the earth with each step they take.
Consciously sensing and feeling the ground beneath them.
If possible they should walk slowly and also pay attention to all the sounds, smells, and sights of their surroundings.
Walking meditation is also great for lazy kaphas in tamas to get them up and moving.
Since kaphas can be heavy and lethargic they can benefit more by doing stimulating pranayama techniques before any meditation.
Because of their lazy and unmotivated tendency, kaphas will do better when encouraged in group meditation or when participating in kirtana.
Mantra mediation can help an emotional kappa in rajas.
Practicing loving kindness and doing a meditation that opens their heart chakra is great for promoting sattva in Kapha individuals.
Pitta individuals would benefit greatly from meditation that stimulates and promotes peace of mind.
Japa and mantra meditation is great to mentally stimulate and sharpen the mind.
Soothing meditations in nature or by water as
mentioned above help cool and ease a pitta in tamas.
Pitta should also do pranayama techniques - while practicing meditation to help promote sensory control for a mind in rajas.