vata dosha explained
Vata consists of the two elements air and space (also known as ether) and is described as cold, light, dry, rough, flowing, and spacious.
According to ayurveda, vata is responsible for our mental and physical adaptability. It is the energizing force of the body and mind and is the element that all other elements are born from. It governs our nervous system, bones and our senses of touch and hearing.
For wellbeing a vata-dominant person should follow a regular daily routine, manage stress levels through meditation, mindfulness and other calming activities, and maintain a warm body temperature by avoiding cold weather and eating warm foods and drinks.
On a physical level Vata dominant types tend to be described as slim, thin, energetic & are very physically active. They are known for thinking outside the box and are very creative but can become easily distracted.
Their mood can be highly affected by the weather, people around them and the food they eat. They have a love for meeting new people and visiting new places.
They also tend to be cold a lot of time (guilty!) and have dry skin and love warm, humid weather over cold, dry weather any day of the week!
It’s very common for them to have cold hands or feet a lot of the time and are more prone to constipation, dry skin or cracking joints. Their energy levels, mood, and appetite can also change often which is said to tie into the air element of their nature. Insomnia and low immunity are very common problem for the sensitive vata person or when it is imbalanced.
- have lively imaginations
- are original thinkers
- learn quickly
- highly creative
- “on the go”
things to look out for
- become anxious
- can seem “flaky” about fulfilling commitments
- struggle sticking to a routine
- struggle completing a project or task
- can be forgetful
- unstable in mood
- easily overwhelmed
- highly sensitive to cold
- struggle sleeping
- prone to digestive and circulation issues
actions of vata in the body
- heart function
- waste elimination
- physical movement
- nervous system function
signs of imbalanced vata
- dry skin
- cold hands or feet
- constipation or digestive issues
- stiff joints or muscles
- trouble sleeping
Apparently food can be a great way to help balance vata energy. Personally I’ve found if i’m mindful of following the basics I feel more grounded than when I don’t. Generally speaking food that are sweet, salty or sour in taste are the way to go as well as eating food warm and cooked rather than cold or raw.
A list of some food ideas that fit this; butternut squash, sweet potato, carrots, coconuts, apples, figs, grapefruits, grapes, melons, oranges, papayas, pineapples, plums, berries, cherries, apricots, mangos, dates, bananas, courgette, peaches, guava, avocado, yogurt, soul cream, olive oil, soft cheeses, honey, maple syrup, nuts, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, rice, whole, wheat, oats, all spices but in small quantities.