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The vata dosha

Vata  in Sanskrit literally means wind, which is why the  vata  constitution, or  dosha , is known for having the quality of wind and space at its heart. Like the wind,  vata  is the force of communication and movement in the body, influencing the other two  doshas  – indeed, without  vata , both the  pitta   dosha  and the kapha dosha  are inert.

The qualities of  vata

Cold, light, rough, mobile, irregular, subtle, clear, dry and astringent.

The function of  vata

Vata  is responsible for all movement in the body: the flow or breath, the expression of speech, the circulation of the blood, the elimination of waste, and the regulation of the immune and nervous system. It moves the diaphragm, muscles and limbs, and also stimulates the intellect.

The physical manifestations of  vata

Those with dominant  vata  tend to have low body weight, and struggle to put weight on. Their physical frame is thin and slender, their face tends to be long and angular, and they’re either very tall or short. They have dry skin and poor circulation, often suffering with cold hands and feet.

The emotional manifestations of  vata

Vata  is dynamic in nature, as such it manifests as energetic bursts.  Vata  types move like the wind, love change, and are very impulsive. When in balance, they’re also creative, bursting with ideas and inspiration, usually becoming inventors, dancers, writers or artists.

When  vata  is in balance

A balance of  vata  in the body brings comfortable movement, regular breathing, a consistent appetite, normal bowel function, positive enthusiasm, healthy desire, good energy, a calm mind and inspirational creativity.

When  vata  is out of balance

With an excess of  vata , you may lose weight, experience piercing pains or spasms, numbness, dry skin, dehydration, excessive bloating, erratic digestion or insomnia. Too little  vata  and you may feel sluggish and lazy, you may become increasingly fearful, anxious, lonely and depressed. Later in life,  vata  may bring diseases such as osteoporosis and arthritis.

How to balance your  vata

You can balance  vata’s  cold, airy tendencies by increasing its opposite qualities: such as bringing more warmth, stability and earthiness into your life – staying warm at all times, keeping a regular sleep pattern, and enjoying earthy spices and foods can all help.

Take our  dosha quiz  to discover your dominant  dosha .

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