Vata Qualities 

The Vehicle

  • Elements: Air and space

  • Translation:  What blows

  • Known as: The mover

  • Qualities: Light, cold, rough, dry, moving, irregular, subtle. 

  • Features: Generally, vata people have a smaller frame, protruding joints (crack a lot), and are either short or tall. They tend to have an oval face, smaller eyes, darker and dry skin

  • Personality: Vata's love to move, talk, and talk with their hands. They tend to be inconsistent, intuitive, artistic, and imaginative. 

  • When imbalanced, psychologically prone to: Distractions, fear, alienation, anxiety, delusions, worry, depression, and insomnia.

  • When imbalanced, physically prone to:  Bloating, aches and pain in the hips, back, and joints, poor circulation, muscles spasms, constipation, asthma, exhaustion, depletion, and dizziness.

  • Digestion and Metabolism:  Because of the mobile quality of vata, their appetite tends to vary and their digestion is inconsistent - prone to constipation. Vata's easily lose weight, but have a hard time putting on weight. 

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • Balancing breathing exercises: 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.)

  • Balancing 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. 

  • Balancing 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.

  • Balancing Carrier oils: Sesame, avocado, castor