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Vath is a force conceptually made up of elements ether and air. The proportions of ether and air determine how active Vata is. The amount of ether (space) affects the ability of the air to gain momentum. If unrestricted, as in ocean, air can gain momentum and become forceful such as a hurricane.
Vata means "wind, to move, flow, direct the processes of, or command." Vata enables the other two doshas to be expressive. The actions of Vata are drying, cooling, light, agitating, and moving.
Vata governs breathing, blinking of the eyelids, movements in the muscles and tissues, pulsations in the heart, all expansion and contraction, the movements of cytoplasm and the cell membranes, and the movement of the single impulses in nerve cells. Vata also governs such feelings and emotions as freshness, nervousness, fear, anxiety, pain, tremors, and spasms. The primary seat or location of the Vata in the body is the colon. It also resides in the hips, thighs, ears, bones, large intestine, pelvic cavity, and skin. It is related to the touch sensation. If the body develops an excess of vata, it will accumulate in these areas.



CHARACTERISTICS OF VATA TYPES
Here are some of the common characteristics of people who have a predominantly Vata constitution.
[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]Creativity, mental quickness
[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]Highly imaginative
[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]Quick to learn and grasp new knowledge, but also quick to forget
[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]Sexually easily excitable but quickly satiated
[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]Slenderness; lightest of the three body types
[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]Talk and walk quickly
[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]Tendency toward cold hands and feet, discomfort in cold climates
[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]Excitable, lively, fun personality
[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]Changeable moods
[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]Irregular daily routine
[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]Variable appetite and digestive efficiency
[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]High energy in short bursts; tendency to tire easily and to overexert
[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]Full of joy and enthusiasm when in balance
[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]Respond to stress with fear, worry, and anxiety, especially when out of balance
[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]Tendency to act on impulse
[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]Often have racing, disjointed thoughts
[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]Generally have dry skin and dry hair and don't perspire much
[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]Typical health problems include headaches, hypertension, dry coughs, sore throats, earaches, anxiety, irregular heart rhythms, muscle spasms, lower back pain, constipation, abdominal gas, diarrhea, nervous stomach, menstrual cramps, premature ejaculation and other sexual dys-functions, arthritis. Most neurological disorders are related to Vata imbalance.
Physical FeaturesPeople of vata constitution are generally physically underdeveloped. Their chests are flat and their veins and muscle tendons are visible. The complexion is brown, the skin is cold, rough, dry and cracked.Vata people generally are either too tall or too short, with thin frames which reveal prominent joints and bone-ends because of poor muscle development. The hair is curly and scanty, the eyelashes are thin and the eyes lusterless. The eyes may be sunken, small, dry, and active. The nails are rough and brittle. The shape of the nose is bent and turned-up.Physiologically, the appetite and digestion are variable. Vata people loves sweet, sour and salty tastes and like hot drinks. The production of urine is scanty and the feces are dry, hard and small in quantity. They have a tendency to perspire less than other constitutional types. Their sleep may be disturbed and they will sleep less than the other types. Their hands and feet are often cold.Psychologically, they are characterized by short memory but quick mental understanding. They will understand something immediately, but will soon forget it. They have little willpower, tend toward mental instability and possess little tolerance, confidence or boldness. Their reasoning power is weak and these people are nervous, fearful and afflicted by much anxiety.Vata people tend to earn money quickly and also to spend it quickly. Thus, they tend to remain poor.
signs of Vata Dosha Imbalance:
There are a number of tell tale signs of dosha imbalance. Some persons will get very angry. Some get depressed, etc. Here is a summary of the signs of vata imbalance:
[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]Worried
[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]Tired, yet can't relax, Fatigue, poor stamina
[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]Nervous, Can't concentrate
[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]Anxious, fearful
[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]Agitated mind
[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]Impatient, Antsy or hyperactive
[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]Spaced out
[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]Self-defeating
[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]Shy, insecure, Restless
[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]Cannot make decisions
[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]Weight loss, under weight
[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]Insomnia; wake up at night and can't go back to sleep
[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]Generalized aches, sharp pains, Arthritis, stiff and painful joints
[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]Agitated movement
[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]Very sensitive to cold
[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]Nail biting
[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]Rough, flaky skin, Chapped lips
[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]Fainting spells
[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]Heart palpitations
[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]Constipation, Intestinal bloating, gas, Belching, hiccups
[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]Dry, sore throat, Dry eyes
In summary, if you are suffering from anxiety, worry, a tendency to overexertion, insomnia, chronic tiredness, mental and emotional depression, physical tension and other symptoms of stress, a weakened immune system, headaches, underweight, constipation, skin dryness, mental confusion, emotional conflict, inability to make decisions, impulsiveness, fast and disconnected speech, fantasy, illusions, and sensations of being lighthearted and removed from thoughts, feelings, or circumstances, then there is a very good sign that your vata is aggravated. Follow the dietary guidelines given to balance vata dosha.Indications of balanced vata influences are mental alertness and abundance of creative energy, good elimination of waste matters from the body, sound sleep, a strong immune system, enthusiasm, emotional balance, and orderly functioning of the body's systems.
Tips on Health and Wellness For Vata TypesThe Vatas find it very difficult to maintain regular habits, that is, to eat and sleep at regular times. But this is the most important thing for them to do. When Vata is out of balance this may feel almost impossible, but an effort to establish a regular routine is very important for all people with a Vata body type. Rest sufficiently, and choose foods, behaviors, personal relationships, and environmental circumstances which can be instrumental in balancing vata characteristics. It is also important to regulate mental and physical impulses and to modify mental attitudes, emotional states, and behaviors in supportive ways.Sweet, sour, and salty tastes decrease vata influences, so include these tastes if vata influences need to be diminished. Milk, wheat, rice, and some fruits and berries can provide sweet and sour tastes.Regular exercise should be relaxed and moderate. Hatha yoga practice in a meditative mood is good, as are t'ai chi, walking, and swimming. Avoid strenuous, competitive, frantic activities.When possible, associate with people who are calmly purposeful. Meditate every day for deep relaxation.
A Food Plan to Balance Vata DoshaThese guidelines can be used for vata mind-body constitutions, to maintain dosha balance, and to restore balance if necessary, regardless of the basic constitution. Vata influences the movement of thoughts, feelings, prana flows, nerve impulses, and fluids in the body.
Favor:
[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]Warm food, moderately heavy textures, added butter and fat.
[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]Salt, sour, and sweet tastes; Soothing and satisfying foods.
[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]All soothing foods are good for settling disturbed Vata. Use foods such as: warm milk, cream, butter, warm soups, stews, hot cereals, fresh baked bread. Since vata is a cold dry dosha, warm, nourishing foods such as these are good for stabilizing vata. On the other hand cold foods such as cold salads, iced drinks, raw vegetables and greens are not very good for persons with vata imbalance.
[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]Breakfast is highly recommended. Use hot cereals such as cream of rice or wheat or any other breakfast that is warm, milky, and sweet.
[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]Take a hot or herbal tea with snacks in the late afternoon. Avoid drinks with high caffeine as vata gets disturbed by it.
[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]Use spicy foods such as spicy Mexican or Indian foods that are cooked in oil.
[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]Use warm moist foods such as cooked grains and cereals, bowl of hot oatmeal or cup of steaming vegetable soup.
[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]Warm milk is good. You can add a little sugar or honey to it if you prefer. Avoid eating candies as it disturbs vata.
[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]Prefer salted nuts that are heavy and oily as opposed to dry salty snacks.
[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]All sweet fruits are Ok for vata. Avoid unripe fruits as they are astringent
[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]Take warm or hot water instead of ice water and drinks.
[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]Summary: Breakfast is usually desirable. Hot foods and sweet and sour tastes. Reduce dry foods and bitter tastes. Warm or hot water and drinks. Raw nuts and nut butters. Spices: cinnamon, cardamom, cumin, ginger, cloves in moderation.
Food Classified By GroupVegetables | Fruits | Grains | Dairy | Meat | Beans | Oils | Sweeteners | Nuts and Seeds | Herbs and Spices
Vegetables
FavorReduce or Avoid
cooked vegetables
asparagus
beets
carrots
cucumber
garlic
green beans
onions, cooked
onions, cooked
sweet potato
radishes
turnips
leafy greens in moderation
broccoli
Brussels sprouts
cabbage
cauliflower
celery
eggplant
leafy green vegetables
mushrooms
peas
peppers
potatoes
sprouts
tomatoes
zucchini
Note: The above vegetables are OK if cooked with oil except cabbage and sprouts
Avoid raw vegetables, in general
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Fruits
FavorReduce or Avoid
sweet fruits
apricots
avocados
bananas
berries
cherries
coconut
fresh figs
grapefruit
lemons
grapes
mangos
sweet melons
sour oranges
papaya
pineapple
peaches
plums
sour fruits
Stewed fruits
Sweet, well-ripened fruit in general
apples
cranberries
pears
pomegranates
The above fruits are OK cooked
Avoid dried fruits, in general and unripe fruit (especially bananas)
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Grains
FavorReduce or Avoid
oats(as cooked oatmeal cereal, not dry)
cooked rice
wheat
barley
buckwheat
corn
dry oats
millet
rye
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Dairy
FavorReduce or Avoid
All Dairy is acceptable
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Meat
FavorReduce or Avoid
chicken
seafood, in general
turkey
All in small quantity
Avoid red meat

Beans
FavorReduce or Avoid
chickpeas
mung beans
pink lentils
tofu (small amounts)
All, except as noted.
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Oils
FavorReduce or Avoid
All oils are acceptable
Sesame oil and olive oil are especially good.

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Sweeteners
FavorReduce or Avoid
All sweeteners are acceptable
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Nuts and Seeds
FavorReduce or Avoid
All are acceptable in small amounts. Almonds are best.
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Herbs and Spices
FavorReduce or Avoid
Almost all, in moderation, with emphasis on sweet and/or heating herbs and spices, such as:
allspice
anise
asafoetida
basil
bay leaf
black pepper (use sparingly)
caraway
cardamom
cilantro (green coriander)
cinnamon
clove
cumin
fennel
ginger
juniper berries
licorice root
mace
marjoram
mustard
nutmeg
oregano
sage
tarragon
thyme
Avoid using spices in large quantities. Minimize or avoid all bitter and astringent herbs and spices such as:
coriander seed
fenugreek
parsley
saffron
turmeric
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If your basic constitution is mixed (vata-pitta or vata-kapha), include portions for the second influential dosha.Vata dosha is aggravated and increased during autumn and early winter. During these seasons all mind-body types can include some of the above foods and decrease others.Mental and emotional peace and constructive lifestyle routines are important to restoring and maintaining balance.

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