The Vata Dosha

Vata is made up of two elements: space and air. The natural characteristics of Vata dosha are: dry, cool, light, thin, small, always moving, broad, unpredictable, and rough. Therefore, people with predominately Vata dosha tend to be thin, having a slender frame and prominent joints, delicate skin that is naturally dry with dry voluminous hair. They are quick and lively in thought, learn and forget quickly and make friends easily. There is an element of airiness to their step, a quality of lightness in their laughter. Change is usually their second name. Vata individuals are light sleepers and gravitate towards warm environments. Creativity and enthusiasm are hallmarks of a balanced Vata individual.

When any of these qualities become too extreme, or more pronounced than usual, the Vata in you has become aggravated and needs to be brought back to balance. In turn, if Kapha or Pitta person starts exhibiting many Vata qualities, it indicates a Vata imbalance. In either scenario, a Vata balancing diet and lifestyle would be suggested to help restore the level of Vata in the physiology of the individual’s prakruti percentage.

Factors which can elevate the Vata dosha can include: a diet that contains too many dry or raw foods, over-consumption of ice-cold beverages, cold dry winds, high altitudes, dry climates, irregular daily routines, too much travel and mental overexertion.