Understanding Vata: Movement and Creativity
Dominant elements: Air & Space
Dominant principle: Movement
Qualities of Vata:
People with Vata dominant constitution are generally either very tall or very short. They have a thin body frame and narrow shoulders and/or hips. Their arms or legs may seem unusually short or, more often, unusually long. They tend to have long fingers and toes. Their bones are generally very light and small or very heavy with prominent or protruding joints, tendons and veins on their limbs. In balance, Vata promotes natural leanness in the body. Some Vata people find it hard to gain weight. Vata people are known for wide variations in their weight and usually store most of their fat around their midriffs.
Vata people are creative and sensitive. They have good imagination and enjoy day dreaming. Vata people are generally good at multi-tasking. They have a very good grasping ability but have a short-term memory. They react quickly to changes in their circumstances and are exceptionally changeable themselves. They resist regularity in their lives because their active minds demand constant stimulation. When their energy is high they can be the life of the party, but burn out quickly. Sometimes they crave companionship and other times demand solitude. They usually make friends easily but their friendships are short-lived. They love to travel for fun. Vata's hyper-adaptability gives them flexibility and a potential for detachment, but also tends to make them chaotic and 'spacey'. They find it difficult to concentrate on any subject and often fail to complete the projects they start. Vata people recognise the need for self-development but are rarely consistent with any one program. They are not very bold and generally nervous, fearful and anxious. They have the ability to earn a good amount of money but tend to spend it quickly.
Vata in Balance
A balance of vata in the body brings comfortable movement, regular breathing, a consistent appetite, normal bowel function, positive enthusiasm, healthy desire, good energy, a calm mind and inspirational creativity.
Vata out of Balance
With an excess of vata, you may lose weight, experience piercing pains or spasms, numbness, dry skin, dehydration, excessive bloating, erratic digestion or insomnia. Too little vata and you may feel sluggish and lazy, you may become increasingly fearful, anxious, lonely and depressed. Later in life, vata may bring diseases such as osteoporosis and arthritis.
Causes of Vata Imbalances
Symptoms of Vata Imbalance
"There is an innate innocence in the conscious Vata personality. A delicate, sensitive, and aware nature reveal the graceful Vata component of any type."
- Maya Tiwari
How to Balance VATA
Routine, Warmth, Serenity, Nourishment
General Guidance for Vata Pacifying Diet
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