Vata Dosha is the principle of movement in all living organisms and is a combination of the elements: air and space. Vata Dosha is closely related to the nervous system. According to Ayurveda, the main characteristics of Vata Dosha in any person are:
Characteristics can appear in the body as:
Generally quick actions, fast walking and speech, restless eyes, likes travelling and often has mood swings.
Dry body (including skin, hair and lips), an inclination towards constipation as a result of dryness.
Dislike towards cold weather, generally cold feet and hands, an inclination towards poor blood circulation.
Generally underweight, thin physique (bones and muscles), light sleeper.
Rough and cracked skin, nails, hair feet and hand. Cracking joints.
Some of the bodily functions ruled by Vata Dosha are:
starts activities and processes in the body
stimulation of Agni (digestive fire)
development of the embryo
The imbalance created by excess Vata Dosha can be exacerbated by:
stress, over-exertion, or pressure
irregular daily routine or irregular mealtimes
going to bed late
raw, cold or dry foods
coffee, tea, carbonated drinks or cigarettes
cold, windy weather, especially in autumn or winter
Vata Dosha can be balanced by:
a regular daily routine, including sleep and meal times
warm nourishing foods with sweet, sour and salty tastes