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Dosha: Vata

Air and Space

Vata Dosha is the principle of movement in all living organisms and is a combination of the elements: air and space. Vata Dosha is closely related to the nervous system.
According to Ayurveda, the main characteristics of Vata Dosha in any person are:

Characteristics Can appear in the body as:
Mobility Generally quick actions, fast walking and speech, restless eyes, likes travelling and often has mood swings.
Dryness Dry body (including skin, hair and lips), an inclination towards constipation as a result of dryness.
Coldness Dislike towards cold weather, generally cold feet and hands, an inclination towards poor blood circulation.
Lightness Generally underweight, thin physique (bones and muscles), light sleeper.
Roughness Rough and cracked skin, nails, hair feet and hand. Crackling joints.


Some of the bodily functions ruled by Vata Dosha are:

  • physical movement
  • respiration
  • starts activities and processes in the body
  • stimulation of Agni (digestive fire)
  • excretion
  • development of the embryo
  • sensory perception
  • speech
  • hearing
  • enthusiasm
  • creativity


The imbalance created by excess Vata Dosha can be exacerbated by:

  • stress, over-exertion, or pressure
  • irregular daily routine or irregular mealtimes
  • going to bed late
  • raw, cold or dry foods
  • coffee, tea, carbonated drinks or cigarettes
  • long journeys
  • cold, windy weather, especially in autumn or winter


Vata Dosha can be balanced by:

  • a regular daily routine, including sleep and meal times
  • regular relaxation
  • warm nourishing foods with sweet, sour and salty tastes
  • moderate alcohol intake
  • keeping warm in cold weather
  • Ayurvedic massages