Part 2:  Vata

Part 2:  Vata (October 25, 2016)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            This week we continue with the next part in our series about the Doshas, starting with Vata.

Vata is made up of the elements Air and Space. It presides over all movements in the mind and body— blood flow, elimination, breathing, and the flow of thoughts across your mind.

Vata qualities are cold, dry, light, subtle, mobile, sharp, hard, rough, and clear.

Physical characteristics of the Vata individual include light thin body frames, and excellent agility. Energy comes in bursts along with bouts of sudden fatigue. Vatas types typically have dry skin and dry hair, along with cold hands and feet. They sleep lightly, and their designations are sensitive.

Emotionally Vatas love excitement and new experiences. They are quick to anger and quick to forgive. They are energetic, creative, and flexible. They are lively conversationalist.

Vatas are prone to weight loss, constipation, hypertension, arthritis, weakness, restlessness, digestive issues, worrying, anxiousness, and insomnia.

An easy way to look at Vata is that it is irregular or unstable like the movement of air or the wind. The wind does not constantly blow, but when it does, it can blow soft one minute, and strong the next.

Excess air tends to dry things out. Autumn is Vata season. The air gets colder, and dryer. Your skin and hair also tends to get dryer in the autumn.

Vata’s are prone to anxiety, and digestive issues. When your mind is racing at night keeping you from falling asleep (anxiousness) that is Vata. When you have digestive issues, and anxiety about running to the bathroom—that is a Vata issue.

People who live in big cities are more prone to having Vata imbalances because of the constant movement big cities provide. Imagine standing at the top of a tall building in a big city looking down at the moving traffic sped up 4 times the normal speed (a fast motion movie). It looks like blood moving through the veins, and the stop and go of the traffic signals mimics breathing.  These are all metaphors for the things that Vata presides over.

When something does not go as planned, Vatas tend to ask “what did I do wrong”

If you answer yes to the following questions, it may mean your primary Dosha is Vata, or your Vata is out of balance (remember we have all the elements in us):

1.    Is your skin dry, rough, thin?
2.    Are you underweight?
3.    Is your mind constantly in a whirl?
4.    Do you worry incessantly?
5.     Are you constantly restless or agitated?
6.    Do you experience constipation regularly?
7.   Do you suffer from insomnia?
8.    Do you have spells of forgetfulness?
9.     Do you experience discomfort in the joints?
10.  Are you easily fatigued?

William Adriance