Vata is the most important of the three doshas. If left unbalanced it causes Pitta and Kapha to become imbalanced. Vata is the main driver or mover of the body, providing the following functions:
- All eliminations: fetus, semen, feces, urine, and sweat.
- Assists with metabolisms in the body (Agni), transformation of tissues.
- Controls movement in body (mental and physical) such as respiration, heartbeat, motivation, contraction of muscles, and natural urges.
- Relays all sensory input to the brain, motor functions.
- Governs nervous system.
VATA: Cold, Dry, Light
Air and Ether
Times of Day
2am – 6am and 2pm – 6pm
Pungent, Bitter, Astringent/Light, Cold, Dry
These are the qualities of Vata. To decrease Vata, use less of these qualities in food, beverage and environment. For instance, eating salad (light, cold) will increase Vata.
Sweet, Sour, Salty / Heavy, Oily, Hot
To increase and balance excess Vata, use more of these qualities in food, beverage and environment, such as savory squash soup and hot herbal tea.
Sesame, Almond, Apricot
- Small frame, light and thin / hard to gain.
- Course, dry, kinky or curly hair.
- Dry, rough, darker skin.
- Small eyes, whites of eyes are blue or brown.
- Very large / small teeth, crooked or shaded.
- Performs activity quickly, can’t stay idle, quick walking pace.
- Low strength and endurance.
- Quick minded, restless, learns fast / forgets fast, high pitch / fast voice.
- Moods change quickly, tendency to worry, easily excitable, easily stressed.
- Irregular hunger / digestion, tendency towards constipation.
- Aversion to cold weather.
- Prefers warm food / drink and eats quickly.
- Spends money quickly / doesn’t save.
- Variable, irregular sex drive.
- Light, interrupted sleep, dreams are fearful, flying, jumping and running.