The Vata dosha is comprised of Air and Ether energy, meaning it is light and free flowing (just like the wind). If you’ve seen the film American Beauty, there’s a famous scene, quite early on, that shows a paper bag rustling around in the wind on a blustery day. I think that scene is a great way to visualise what the Vata energy looks like. Vata energy is air that’s stirring through space, free-flowing, erratic and unpredictable. The Vata dosha is responsible for movement, so think of it as being the driving force that kick-starts all forms of motion in your mind and body. As one might expect from such an airy and spacey life force, the Vata dosha encompasses predominantly light, dry and cold qualities. It’s always on the move, never sitting still for one moment! Vata is also associated with our creativity and emotional responses to the world.

Qualities of Vata Dosha

The main attributes of the Vata Dosha are as follows...

  • Light
  • Dry
  • Rough
  • Quick
  • Supple
  • Fleeting
  • Irregular
  • Cold
  • Spacey
  • Sprawling

Bodily Functions of Vata Dosha

The Vata dosha is responsible for the following bodily functions…

  • Your breath
  • The pulsation of your heart
  • The elimination of your bowels
  • The release of sweat
  • Your menstruation cycles
  • The circulation of blood
  • Muscular contractions

Mental Functions of Vata Dosha

And in the mind, Vata is responsible for the following functions…

  • How you communicate
  • The centre of your creativity
  • Your sensual faculties (hearing, touch and taste)
  • Your emotions
  • Your nervous system

Vata Imbalances

Vata imbalances can often be observed whenever we experience the following symptoms…

  • Feeling cold
  • Poor circulation
  • Respiratory issues
  • Loss of appetite
  • Low libido
  • Dryness
  • Anxiety
  • Constipation
  • Bloating
  • Gas
  • Insomnia
  • Fatigue
  • Restlessness

Location Of Vata Dosha

According to Ayurveda, the doshas are located in different areas of the body, and the Vata dosha predominantly resides in the following regions…

  • Pelvic area
  • Small intestines
  • Bones
  • Colon
  • Abdomen
  • Heart
  • Head

Do you need to focus on balancing Vata?

One of the best ways to know when your Vata dosha is out of balance is to take the Kalsi Dosha Imbalance Test. A quick 2 minute quiz that shows you which dosha needs balancing RIGHT NOW in your constitution.