Those with a Vata constitution are governed by air and ether. Vata is responsible for the body’s energy, movement and nerve impulses, which manifests as breath, circulation, elimination, and flow of thoughts. Vata corresponds to the following:
Cold, light, clear/airy, dry
Creativity, generosity, enthusiasm, vitality
Physically small or thin, dry hair, small, darting eyes, rough or brittle nails, thin skin and irregularities with their teeth
Variable appetite and moderate metabolism
Do not sweat heavily
Tend to sleep lightly and can be disturbed easily
Temperament and memory
Quick to understand, but easily forget, little willpower, nervous, low confidence
When balanced, Vata types are enthusiastic, light, creative, alert, quick-witted, active and open to new experiences.
When out of balance, Vatas will become forgetful and anxious with problems of insomnia, constipation, gas, bloating, dry and/or rough skin, headache, back and/or joint pain, and cold hands and feet.
Since Vatas need to balance their cold, light, airy and dry qualities, they need to eat foods that are warm, heavy, dense, and moist. They also tend to require sweet, sour, and salty foods. It’s important for Vatas to avoid alcohol, caffeine, chocolate and stress. They also need to keep a consistent, daily routine with regular bedtimes and meals, moderate exercise, and meditation. Vata types should also try to stay in warm, humid, quiet, safe, and comfortable environments.
Most of Us are More than One Type
While we’ve spoken of constitutions as though everyone is just one, the reality is that people often have combinations of these types. A combination of two Dosha is called Dwandwaja. Tridoshaja is a combination of three Doshas. Ekadoshaja, which is more rare, is the term for those exhibiting a single Dosha type.
With a combination of all these additional types, there are a more complex array of types that are best determined by an Ayurvedic wellness specialist. Such a specialist can also help you determine the best foods and activities for your body type.