Integrity and the Vata dosha

Integrity means "the state of being whole and undivided" according to

Integrity can be used as a way to describe the thread that ties Vata dosha together. When Vata (made up of air & ether) moves within her allocated space, in rhythm and within context, then she propels life forward at a pace that allows the other elements to express themselves. Otherwise she can create havoc and move sideways, causing tension in your mental, reproductive, bone or even in the space of your created world.

Here are some musings using phrases we’re common with to show you how Vata plays out the concept of Integrity -

  • Things "dawn on you" when there is clarity and we consider the early hours of the morning to be the most clear when Vata is in the house. This is how to use the power of Vata on herself, for she is a slinky devilette if left to roam the moors at her free will.

  • When you've got a strong backbone, it suggests you have integrity. Things to do with posture alignment are important in Vata care as they keep the spinal pathways clear for prana to move through. When prana gets to move unhindered, she happily provides more energy and vitality. And prana is Vata with her best Sunday dress on.

  • Keeping your word means integrity too. And sometimes when Vata's in the house she likes to talk until exhaustion. So keeping your word can also mean not letting those lips loose and literally keeping the words inside your mouth.

  • I think of the integrity of well made clothes. Great stitching keeps things together as excess Vata is the dosha that lets things "slip through your fingers" or when you can't "hold it together". It's even prescribed to swaddle the mid section to help with the integrity of the muscles post birth until the muscles repair themselves. Support/structure in your external props until the body finds it own internally.

  • Faith is the antidote to fear they say. Faith does not need to extend to religion or even spirituality. It can extend to a regular morning routine. When there is regularity (the known) there is a comfortable feeling that lets you breathe easier, which cultivates faith in the adrenals that all is well. When there is irregularity there is a state of tension in the body that prepares it for the unknown and therefore taxes the adrenals to be ready for surprises, leading to fatigue. We like the known. Faith in the everyday is a great way to start.