What is Vata Dosha?

Learn recipes, seasonal diet and lifestyle tips, and herbs for your Ayurvedic constitution.

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How Can I Balance Vata?

Vata is the most important of the three doshas. If left unbalanced, it causes pitta and kapha to become imbalanced.

  • Start your day with 1-2 capsules of Ashwagandha and Turmeric Plus. Children over 4 take 1 of each. Watch the video: lifespa.com/herbs.
  • Follow a regular rhythm of sleep, exercise, mealtimes and rest.
  • Take 3-5000 IU of Vitamin D3 daily. Use our home test kit to test levels before use.
  • 80% of the body’s immunity is in the digestion. Take our Digestive Health Quiz to boost immunity: lifespa.com/digestivequiz.
  • Sleep with a humidifier to keep your sinuses clear.

What are Daily Routines (Dinacharya) for Vata?

What are Signs of Excess Vata?

  • Sleep or mood imbalances, occasional constipation, mild achiness.
  • If you experience some of these signs, schedule an Ayurvedic consult and follow the above tips.

Winter / Vata Grocery List

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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 Body Type Characteristics

  • Small frame, light and thin / hard to gain weight.
  • 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.

Vata: Cold, Dry, Light

  • Elements: Air and Ether
  • Season: Fall/Winter
  • Times of Day: 2am – 6am and 2pm – 6pm
  • Taste/Qualities (+): 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.
  • Taste/Qualities (-): 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.
  • Best Oils: Sesame, Almond, Apricot

Want to know your Ayurvedic body type? Take our Dosha Quiz!

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