Vata is the principle of movement.
Its qualities are cold, light, dry, changeable, irregular, rough and quick.
If it were food, it would be a cracker or crisp chip.
Vata by Nature
According to Ayurveda, we are all made up of nature's five elements: Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Ether (or Space).
These elements combine to create “doshas” or dynamic forces known as Vata, Pitta and Kapha. They are similar to body types as we understand in the West but so much more.
- Vata is the combination of Ether (or Space) and Air
- Pitta is the combination of Fire and Water
- Kapha is the combination of Earth and Water
While we each have all of the doshas within us, we tend to have one or two that dominate our constitution creating our unique mind-body type. For example; Vata; Vata-Pitta or Vata-Kapha.
In Ayurveda, Vata is the principle of movement. Its qualities are cold, light, dry, changeable, irregular, rough and quick. If it were a food, it would be a cracker or crisp chip (without the dip). Think about it, they have many of the same qualities.
People with a predominance of Vata in their nature tend to be slender, light and quick in their thought and action. They are variable in height, mood and action.
Change tends to be a constant part of their life. Energy tends to come in bursts, without steadiness. Vata personalities love to try new things but tend to be known to start, but not finish them.
When in balance, Vata types are energetic, creative, adaptable and sociable people. They welcome new experiences, resist routine but show initiative.
When out of balance, Vata types tend towards mental agitation, anxiety, worry, inconsistency, insomnia, delicate digestion and constipation.
Tips to balance your Vata
Here are some tips to help balance your Vata:
- Favour sweet, salty, slightly spicy and sour tastes
- Eat at least 3 meals a day – favouring warm, cooked, easy to digest foods
- Create a grounding, consistent routine so you don’t get carried away in the ethers
- Avoid cold, windy weather and excess stimulation
- Practice slow yoga and meditation to ease the nervous system
- Try our Vata Balancing Tea
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