Vata is considered the leader
of the three Ayurvedic Doshas in the body
Vata governs all movement in the mind and body.
Common characteristics of people who have a predominantly vata constitution:
- Irregular daily routine
- Variable appetite and digestive efficiency
- High energy in short bursts; tendency to tire easily and to overexert
- Full of joy and enthusiasm when in balance
- Respond to stress with fear and worry, especially when out of balance
- Tendency to act on impulse
- Often have racing, disjointed thoughts
- Generally have dry skin, dry hair, and don’t perspire much
- Highly imaginative, creative, mental quickness
- Quick to learn and grasp new knowledge, but also quick to forget
- Sexually easily excitable but quickly satiated
- Slenderness; lightest of the three body types
- Talk and walk quickly
- Tendency toward cold hands and feet, discomfort in cold climates
- Excitable, lively, fun personality
- Changeable moods
|Functions of vata include||Locations||Beneficial foods||Need to avoid||Beneficial Excercises|
Create energy, endocrine gland function, elimination, and helps to distribute nutrients at a cellular level.
Bladder, colon, thighs, feet, lumbar region and in the skin.
Most nuts, fruits, cooked vegetables, and cultured dairy products.
Broccoli, cauliflower, dry grains, and peas.
Yoga, walking, and slower exercise for a minimum of 30 minutes a day.
Vata governs all movement in the mind and body. It controls blood flow, elimination of wastes, breathing and the movement of thoughts across the mind. It is very important to keep vata in good balance. The related elements are air and ether.
People of vata constitution tend toward being physically slender and small-framed. Their chests are flat and veins and muscle tendons are visible. The complexion is brown; the skin is cool, rough, dry, and can become cracked. Vata people are generally either taller or shorter than average, with thin frames that reveal prominent joints and bone-ends because of slight muscle development. The hair is curly, the eyelashes are thin, and the eyes matte. The eyes may be sunken, small, dry, and active. The nails are rough and brittle. The shape of the nose is bent and in some cases upturned.
Physiologically, the appetite and digestion are variable. Vata people love sweet, sour, salty tastes, and hot drinks. The production of urine is scant and the feces are dry, hard, and small in quantity. They have a tendency to perspire less than other constitutional types. Their sleep may be disturbed and they will sleep less than the other types. Their hands and feet are often cold. Psychologically, they are characterized by short memories but quick mental understanding. They will understand something immediately, but may soon forget it. They sometimes lack willpower and are sensitive to tolerance, confidence, or boldness. Their
reasoning power may be construed as weak and vata people are often nervous and fearful. Vata people tend to earn money quickly but also to spend it quickly. Thus, they tend to remain poor.