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Vata Qualities

Ayurveda describes the fundamental energies that govern our inner and outer environments: movement, transformation, and structure. Known as Vata, Pitta and Kapha these primary forces are responsible for the characteristics of our mind and body. Each of us has a unique proportion of these three forces.
A Vata dosha is related to space and air, which governs all forms of movement in the body. Space and air are light and easily moved with little resistance. For example Vata people think quickly and they frequently jump rapidly from one topic of conversation to another.
Vata types are slim, and can have wispy hair and dry skin. For Vata types personal habits and meal times are irregular, they often nibble between meals. Sleep is usually light and they are easily disturbed, with more likelihood of insomnia. Their thought processes, speech and movement is fast. They like to talk and enjoy all types of communication, including music. They dislike cold, windy or dry environments and feel chilled quickly or shiver easily. Extremities (hands and feet) are often cold, or become cold easily.
Mentally and emotionally they are quick, they have a very active mind and have a tenancy to forget often. They are intellectual, imaginative, creative, sensitive and tend to have more interests in the arts. Vata types are often introspective, shy, modest and can lack confidence. As a result of this, if Vata goes out of balance it can lead to worries or anxiety. Imbalance also leads to them being unsettled and impatient, although not angry. They like change which keeps them interested.

Tastes that balance Vata are: salty, sour & sweet. Vata influences respiration, sensory perception, hearing, speech, processes in the body and movement. 

Tips to balance Vata include:

  • Staying warm
  • Working more slowly
  • Taking warm drinks
  • Organising your work in an orderly fashion
  • Getting to bed before 10 – (before Pitta time), as well as no mental stimulation such as reading or TV after 9.30pm
  • Taking Good Night tea before bed
  • Warm food favouring sweet, salty and sour tastes, eg bananas
  • The main meal in the middle of the day and lighter food in the evening
  • Vata Aroma oil, Vata, Tea, Vata Spice mix added to food, Vata Shampoo, Vata Churna & Vata soap
  • Blissful Sleep Vata
When in balance, Vata is: imaginative, communicative, sharp, lively and intuitive. They make good artistic, creative team players.