Vata governs movement in the body and provides the essential motion for all bodily processes. It controls blood flow, breathing, the nervous system, and the process of elimination. Vata is most prominent in the fall and during the change of seasons so it is important at these times to be mindful of both diet and lifestyle.
People with a predominant Vata dosha tend to enjoy change and movement, are very active, mobile, restless and energetic. They have fast metabolisms, and are often thin with light frames and little muscle development. They are typically very tall or very short and their hands and feet can get cold easily. Their joints may make cracking noises and typically their skin and hair are dry. They sleep lightly and their digestion can be sensitive.
Vata’s have a lot of energy but it comes in bursts, and they tire quickly. They are talkative in all forms of communication and are intellectual, creative and sensitive. They love excitement and new experiences and are fast learners, but also fast to forget. They are quick to anger but also to forgive and can be unsettled and impatient, but flexible and adaptable to change.
When Vatas are in balance, they are energetic, creative, and flexible. They also take initiative and are lively conversationalists.
When unbalanced, they are prone to worry and anxiousness and often suffer from insomnia when they feel overwhelmed or stressed. Physically an imbalance in Vata manifests in the body as weight loss, constipation, hypertension, arthritis, weakness, restlessness, and digestive challenges.
To help balance Vata routine is very important as is a warm and oily diet. Gentle exercises such as yoga or walking are helpful and oil massages such as Abhyanga. Basti for the knees or lumbosacral region can also help relieve cracking and aching joints caused by dryness.
For more information read our post about what deranges Vata.