As per Ayurveda, Vata, Pitta, and Kapha are the three energetic forces or the “three doshas” that form the constitution of an individual. Each of them fulfills their specific roles. Vata surveys the mobile nature of wind energy; Pitta is liable for the transformative nature of fire energy and Kapha reflects the binding nature of water energy.


For a healthy and balanced functioning of the body, the three doshas must be in equilibrium with each other. Any imbalance in between the doshas dominates the other two doshas, making an individual accessible to diseases.

The following blog will help you understand Vata and its properties in brief.

Ayurveda Vata

As mentioned above, Vata has associated with wind i.e. air element and looks after the energy of movement. It is also linked with creativity and flexibility. It supervises the movements such as the flow of breath, pulsation of heart, muscle contractions, tissue, and cellular mobility as well as communication throughout the brain and the nervous system.

Characters of Vata

One can identify the predominance of Ayurveda Vata in an individual through its physical and emotional characteristics

  • Physically, they are thin, have a light frame and excellent agility. They have immense energy and are likely to experience sudden attacks of fatigue. Their skin is typically dry and limbs are cold. They sleep less and have sensitive digestion. Imbalanced Ayurveda Vata may cause weight loss, constipation, hypertension, weakness, arthritis as well as restlessness
  • Emotionally, they are excited, adventurous and experimental. They take initiatives; are lively and friendly in nature and get angry quickly, but also forgives easily. Imbalanced Vata makes them anxious and prone to worry. During a stressful situation, they may feel overwhelmed and suffer from insomnia

Symptoms of imbalanced Vata

Prolong stress or depression imbalances Ayurveda Vata which may show uncontrolled activity by the brain and body. The hyperactive brain induces anxiety and sleeping disorders. It may further disturb the eating habits resulting in unintended weight loss and irregular digestion.

Balancing Vata

If you detect the above mentioned early symptoms of imbalanced Vata, don’t be anxious. All you have to do is slow down and find time for self. You can meditate, go for a walk, read a book or get a massage done, etc. Another way to balance Vata includes not skipping the meals as irregular eating habits disrupt the digestion. Also, try to sleep early. If you follow a regular lifestyle during imbalanced Vata, it doesn’t let you get carried away into ethers.

Since these aren’t enough to balance Ayurveda Vata, the following recommendations may help you:

  • Keep yourself warm and wear adequate clothes depending upon the season. If it is winters, keep your head and limbs covered.
  • Massage your body with almond or sesame oil as it is warm and heavy.
  • Engage yourself in some physical activity such as yoga, dance, aerobics, walks, hikes, treks, etc.
  • If you are cold, drink ginger tea. It will help you keep warm throughout the day.
  • Listen to peaceful and calming music; it will help you relax the brain and the nervous system.
  • Choose warm colors such as pastels, browns, warm yellows while clothing or in the environment as they keep you motivated.
  • You may also favor yourself or the environment with sweet, heavy and warm aroma, for example, cinnamon, bay, cloves, lavender, pine, sage, vanilla, etc.

Nutritional guidelines for Ayurveda Vata

Ayurveda believes that eating food that has a balancing effect on the dominant dosha will help in pacifying the aggravated dosha.

Since Ayurveda Vata is light, dry and cooling, one should favor food that is oily, warm or heavy in nature. Elude pungent, bitter or astringent food; instead, choose sweet, salty and sour tastes as they help in subduing the aggravated Vata.

Adhering to the subsequent recommendations to pacify aggravated Vata:

  • Try to eat in larger quantities as it helps in restoring the lightness of Vata.
  • Treat yourself with a reasonable quantity of sweeteners as they help in soothing Vata.
  • Consume heavy and oily food as it is beneficial for the digestive system.
  • All dairy products are highly recommended but don’t forget to boil the milk before consumption.
  • Avoid the use of barley, corn, buckwheat, millet, and rye. Stick to rice and wheat as they are best grains to pacify Vata.
  • Consume more heavy fruits or dry fruits such as banana, avocado, mango, apricot, plum, berries, coconut, dates, etc. If you wish to eat light fruits such as apples, pomegranate, pears, cranberry, etc. cook them lightly to ease the digestion.
  • Use spices such as salt, cloves, black pepper, cinnamon, mustard seeds, asafoetida, oregano, thymes, etc. they all soothe Vata.
  • Except for tofu and mung bean dal, minimize the consumption of beans as they may point Ayurveda Vata.
  • If you eat non-vegetarian food use fresh, organic chicken, turkey, seafood and eggs.

For more information on the same, get in touch with an Ayurveda doctor. You may also learn about Ayurveda from Ayurveda schools in Kerala.

Read Also: What Should Be The Healthy Life Diet Plan According To Ayurveda?

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