Vata is made of Space and Air
Vata is the Force of Movement

Vata is airy, spacey, moving, dry, light, cold, mobile, rough, creative, enthusiastic, delicate, variable

Vata Characteristics

Creative, loves communicating, and always full of ideas. Enthusiastic and cheerful, but can become depleted of energy quickly. Easily distracted. Quick to learn, and just as quick to forget. Tendency towards anxiety. Delicate bone structure, with prominent joints. Trouble holding onto weight. Skin is dry and rough. Nails are dry and brittle. Often suffers from cold hands and feet. Digestion and appetite is variable. Elimination tends towards constipation. Light sleeper.

 Vata Aggravated Signs and Signals

Feeling spacey and ungrounded. Having scattered thoughts and experiencing difficulty in settling down. Having trouble getting to sleep, and suffering from insomnia in general. A tendency to spend money without thinking. Experiencing ringing in the ears, and numbness in the skin. Having aches and pains in the lower back and thighs, and experiencing stiffness in the joints, with cracking and popping. Cramping during menses. Having gas, feeling constipated and experiencing bloating. Having cold hands and feet. Experiencing dryness such as dry skin, dry scalp and dry nails. Feeling anxious, filled with worry or fear. Experiencing phobias, nervousness, and feelings of insecurity, and loneliness.

Vata Aggravators and Upsetters

Irregularity of any kind. Anything dry, including dry land, dry weather, or dry food such as dried fruits. Anything cold, including cold weather, cold food, a cold season. Having too much to do, and trying to multi-task. Experiencing sudden change. Any over-exertion or over-work. Anything loud. Too much talking. Travel in general, including flights and long car trips. Fasting. Sleeping on hard floors. Feelings of fear, insecurity, and loneliness. High altitudes. Eating foods with astringent tastes, such as beans. Horse-back riding.

Vata Soothers and Balancers

Following a regular daily routine, including eating regular meals, having regular sleep and wake times,  and patterns of life in general. Avoiding irregularity in any form. Having less on the to-do list. Avoiding overwork. Avoiding too much sex. Avoiding excessive travelling. Enjoying warm baths and early nights. Getting enough sleep. Eating fresh, warm cooked and grounding foods. Embracing warm drinks, warm clothes and warm environments. Enjoying stillness and quiet. Eating sweet foods such as dairy, rice, wheat, dates, and raisins. Massaging body with warm sesame oil, especially the feet and scalp at night.







Emma’s hope is Ayurveda will become more fully integrated into western medicine sooner rather than later, so we may all benefit from better health and well-being outcomes.