Raga Therapy for Vata Dosha Imbalance
According to Ayurveda, humans have their unique body constitutions (prakritis) comprising of Tridoshas or the three primeval energies which are Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. Imbalances in this doshic prakriti leads to illness. Ayurveda has several remedies to these imbalances, one of these is also the Raga Therapy (Music Therapy). Music has properties that can balance Vata, Pitta, and Kapha.
What are Ragas?
The word ‘raga’ hails from the Sanskrit word meaning ‘colour’. In the sacred writings of the ancient sages of India, it is ‘that which pleases an individual’s ears’. Raga, therefore, is the essence and soul of The Shastriya Sangeetaam (Sacred Music) of India.
Raga Chikithsa or Raga Therapy & Vata Dosha
Vata dosha is made up of Air and Space elements. It is responsible for movement. Any kind of imbalance in this Dosha causes gas problems, flatulence, joint pain, dryness, and lostness. The individual may have to face difficulty in focusing and making decisions and have blasts of energy and lows. An aggravated Vata imbalance causes anxiety, fear, and nervousness.
Raga Madhuvanti could be prescribed to treat Vata imbalance. This music is deep and soft and has long drawn out notes which soothe the mind and have a nostalgic quality. Best played on a flute. The Raga depicts a young male, a young Lord Krishna who seems to be playing the flute with a deep longing for his beloved. The Raga should be played during the whole of the Vata period, either mid-afternoon or early morning, during the autumn or winter.
Apart from Raga therapy, a proper diet could help balance Vata Dosha. How about a cup of Butterfly Ayurveda’s Shubh Saanjh Chai along with our Prana cookies?