Vata Qualities 

The Vehicle

  • Elements: Air and space

  • Translation:  What blows

  • Known as: The mover

  • Qualities: Light, cold, rough, dry, moving, irregular, subtle, quick, imaginative, spontaneous, resilient, excited, sensitive, infectiously happy, and talkative.

  • Psychologically prone to: Distractions, fear, alienation anxiety, delusions, worry, and hallucinations.

  • Physically prone to:  Bloating, aches and pain in the hips, back, and joints.

  • Sense organs: Ears and skin

  • Motor organs: Vocal Chords and hands

  • Pacifying Colors: Warm, soft, blended with white (reds, oranges, yellows, gold)

  • Mudra: Vayu Mudra - helps regulate the air inside of body(The index finger is pressed on the base of the thumb and the thumb is pressed over the index finger.The other fingers are kept straight.)

  • Breath: Kapalabhati or Skull Shining - Reduces stress, clears the mind and access air in the body. (Consists of alternating short, quick exhales and slightly longer, passive inhales.) and Nadi Shodhana or Alternate Nostril Breathing - Balances the right/left side of the brain, reduces anxiety, boosts the immune system.  (Hold your right thumb over your right nostril and inhale deeply through your left nostril. At the top of your inhalation, close your left nostril with your third and fourth fingers, then exhale slowly through your right nostril. After a full exhalation, inhale through the right nostril, closing it off with your right thumb at the peak of your inhalation. Repeat.)

  • Yoga Practice: Should be slow, controlled, strong, warm, and grounding. Postures should be held, but without stress or irritation, and should grow from the pelvis and stimulate the large intestine and colon. 

  • Essential oils: The cold, dry, quick and irregular nature of Vata is balanced by using sweet, warming and grounding scents-amber, angelica, anise, basil, bergamot, camphor, cardamom, chamomile, cinnamon, clary sage, coriander, eucalyptus, frankincense, geranium, ginger, jasmine, jatamansi, lavender, lemongrass, myrrh, neroli, patchouli, rose, rosewood, sandalwood, sweet orange, tangerine, thyme, vanilla, vetiver, ylang ylang.

  • Carrier oils: Sesame, avocado, castor

  • Times of day Vata is high: Between 2am-6am and 2pm-6pm. 

  • Seasons/weather Vata is high: Fall or when it is cool, dry, and windy. 

  • An out of balance Vata feels: Exhausted, anxious, critical, overwhelmed, unfocused, and depressed.

  • A balanced Vata feels: Happy, enthusiastic, flexible, creative, loving, motivated, and open.