What is the Vata Dosha?
People with a predominance in the Vata dosha consist mostly of the Air and Ether Elements. Vata governs movement through the body. The Air governs the movement in the body and Ether governs the space.
Vata Body Type and Mind
Vatas are usually light and lean. They have flat chests and their veins and muscle tendons are visible. They tend to have dry and tinged brown skin. The skin may be cold, rough, or even cracked. Vata’s are usually either tall or short, with thin frames that reveal prominent joints from low muscle development. They usually have curly, scanty, and thin hair. Their eyes may be small, active, sunken, or lacking luster around the eyes. Nails can be brittle and rough.
Physiologically, Vata’s are prone to bad digestion, lack of appetite, constipation, insomnia, anxiety, and depression. Sometimes they can eat a large meal and other times they can barely eat at all. They have scanty urine and feces are dry and hard, usually small in quantity. They rarely perspire much. They sleep light, disturbed, or short in duration. They usually have cold extremities.
Vata’s are usually the creative and flighty type. They are usually the artist or musician type. They tend to be more active, alert and talk fast. They move quickly but may easily get fatigued or tired. They catch on quick when learning but, they also have a short-term memory, and can be absent-minded and forgetful. They adapt well to change but may become indecisive or impatient. They need a grounding self practice to develop focus, confidence and boldness. They often think, worry, and become nervous.
Vata Aggravating Foods
Green Leafy Vegetables
Spicy Things Chickpeas
Daily Vata Protocol
- Routine sleeping and eating schedule
- Stay warm and hydrated throughout the day
- Massage yourself daily with oil
- Do calming and grounding exercises (restorative or hatha yoga)
- Eat sweet, salty, pungent, heavy, and moisturizing foods (root veggies, avocados, bananas)
Printable Vata Pacifying Diet Grocery List
Vata Pacifying Recipes