What Is Vata? | Ayurveda Explained

Whether you’re new to Ayurveda or you’ve been studying it for a while, you’ve probably heard about vata, pitta, and kapha dosha, and while we’re a combination of all three, usually one stands out more than the others.


Vata Dosha is contained with two components that are ether and air. It can control all movements of your brain and body fusing the contemplations that are wandering inside your mind. This constitution of Ayurveda is answerable for imagination and eagerness. People mostly tend to take it lightly but that is the biggest mistake of their life. A person suffering from Vatta Dosh tends to have thinner bones, body fat and minimal musculature.

What Is Vata?

So today we’re going to talk about vata dosha. We all likely know somebody with a vata-predominant dosha. This person is usually slim, creatively inclined, maybe they like to dance, sing, draw, or write, and they usually ask a lot of questions and are okay with not getting an answer.

Do I do that?

We see these attributes because of the qualities of vata dosha, which is comprised of ether and air elements, and ether is also known as space. In Ayurveda, each dosha has a specific set of qualities that lend physiological, emotional, and spiritual clues to our unique constitutions.

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Imagine air moving through space. This is wind and this is a great way to think about vata’s quick and erratic movements. The elements that makeup vata are what give it its qualities. Air is cold, dry, rough, irregular, and unstable.

Ether is subtle, expansive, and, well, spacious. When we experience or witness anyone or anything that’s exhibiting these qualities, we can describe it as vata, and this applies both internally and externally.

Our environment can also be vata–so think of a cool, dry, windy autumn day. This is vata. In fact, the entire season of autumn is described as vata season. Looking at the qualities within ourselves, our environment, and our foods can help us to identify when and where vata might become imbalanced.

In Ayurveda, like increases like, so if it’s vata season and we’re eating vata foods, we’re probably gonna see those vata qualities increase. A vata food favorite is often popcorn, which is light and dry, just like vata.

And it might not actually be the best choice for somebody who already has a lot of vata in their body because popcorn is very airy and it will increase the air in the body, which means gas–and vata people are already prone to a lot of gas and bloating.

But vata is also part of your natural and healthy bodily functions, such as the movement of food through digestion, the flow of breath in your body, and the communication between your mind and your nervous system.

Do you have a tendency toward cool hands and feet and often crave cozy sweaters? This can be a physical expression of the cool quality in vata. Mentally, the spacious quality can express itself as a scattered mind or a head in the clouds.

When we can begin to identify vata dosha in and around us, we create an opportunity to understand ourselves at a deeper level, and we can also work to create balance. Since like increases like in Ayurveda, the opposites bring balance.

So on that cool, blustery pre-winter day, take a stab at venturing inside and snatching a warm cup of golden milk tea, and put on a sweater. If you’re having popcorn, add extra ghee and digestive spices like cumin and salt.

Vata Dosha can cause

  • Chronic immune disorders
  • Sleeplessness
  • Arthritis
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Gas
  • Constipation and much more

I hope you find this Blog helpful and don’t forget to share it with a vata friend. As always, we love to answer your Ayurvedic questions, so just leave those in the comments below.


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