What Is Vata Dosha?


The doshas refer to the three biological energies of Vata, Pitta, and Kapha that govern all our physical and mental processes. These energies are derived from the five elements: Space, Air, Fire, Water, and Earth. The presence of three doshas is visible through out the human body and mind ranging from complex biological functions to personality traits.

Vata- Space & AirVata Dosha

One of the three doshas made of space and air, characterized by movement, coldness, lightness and dryness in the body. The qualities of vata dosha include dry, cold, light, subtle, clear, rough, and mobile. These qualities are visible through out the human body and mind ranging from complex biological functions to personality traits.

 

Physiological Characteristics

It is the energy of ‘movement’ and governs all the actions of our body and mind, including the movement of our limbs, speech, respiration, waste elimination, and neurological functions.

 

Physical Characteristics

Light weight, very tall or short in height, dry and rough skin, curly dry hair, rough and weak nails, small eyes, walk fast, talk fast, variable appetite, dislike cold and dry weather.

 

Qualities of Vata individuals

Creative, adaptable, enthusiastic, imaginative, spontaneous, artistic, strong communicators.

 

Qualities of imbalanced individuals

Restless, irrelevant talking, confusion, inclined towards fear, anxiety, depression, disorganized, ungrounded, grasp things quickly but forget it soon, earn easily & spend impulsively.

 

Common Disorders

Arthritis, crackling or popping joints, muscle stiffness, body ache, tremors, emaciation, constipation, gas, bloating, loss of sleep and strength, intolerance of coldness and dryness.

 

Ways Vata Becomes Imbalanced

Irregular routine, sleeping late at night, excessive intake of dry diet, loud talking, worry, grief, and excessive exercise.

 

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Preeti Gupta

About Preeti Gupta

Preeti Gupta is a certified Ayurveda Consultant practicing in the Bay area. She provides personalized Ayurvedic counseling sessions and monthly group wellness events that focus on balanced diet, healthy nutrition, natural detoxification, rejuvenation and disease prevention. She is passionate about using food as a medicine and looks forward to being a part of your Ayurvedic journey soon!