The traditional Hindu system of medicine, which is based on the idea of balance in bodily systems and uses diet, herbal treatment, and yogic breathing.
Since birth, every human being has had an individual combination of the three Doshas (life forces):
This constitution—also called an Ayurveda type—is extremely important in Ayurvedic medicine.
Those who practice Ayurveda believe this is the most powerful of all three doshas.
It controls very basic body functions, like:
We experience people with a dominant Vata as
We like their easiness but not their forgetfulness.
Vata people love music and dance. They can relax well when listening to classical music, enjoy warm and gentle oil massages and can forget themselves and the world in the process. A cozy ambience and soft fabrics such as silk, silk-wool blend, and cotton on the skin provide for basic inner balance. The rooms they live in should radiate warmth and comfort. An easy chair or sofa with a soft fleece blanket helps them to relax quickly.
Their spontaneity sometimes leads people with a Vata constitution to rash, meaningless money expenditures. If, on the other hand, Vata people live in equilibrium, they remain vibrant, friendly and creative beings for their entire lives. They are closely connected to the spiritual, which is why meditation is easy for them, as long as they take the time for it.
Physical Characteristics of the Vata Type
Vata types are usually very small or very large people. Their stature is rather delicate and sinewy, like that of marathon runners or models.
Vata people tend to have thinner skin, fuzzy hair, and tooth irregularities. Their eyes are usually small and move quickly back and forth. In the summer, the sun turns people with dominant Vata turn deep brown, which causes even more damage to their skin that is already prone to early aging.
Vata types can get restless and forget to eat, which can hurt their frequently changing digestion even more. Because of their activity on many different levels, they tend to have sleep disorders.
If Vata types remain out of balance for an extended period of time,
If they live an irregular life, they can tend to have
If Vata is predominant in the personal constitution,
Things that can disrupt it include:
Vata types should try to stay in warm and humid locations to create a quiet, safe, and comfortable environment.
Oil baths, regularity, good food and beverages, and consistent peace and quiet are healing for the Vata type.
In particular, gentle and relaxing massages with oil, classical music, dance, and meditation is recommended.
This energy controls your digestion, metabolism (how well you break down foods), and certain hormones that are linked to your appetite.
Things that can disrupt it are eating sour or spicy foods and spending too much time in the sun.
If it’s your main life force, you’re thought to be more likely to develop conditions like Crohn’s disease, heart disease, high blood pressure and infections.
This life force controls muscle growth, body strength and stability, weight and your immune system.
You can disrupt it by sleeping during the day, eating too many sweet foods, and eating or drinking things that contain too much salt or water.
If it’s your main life energy, practitioners believe you may develop asthma and other breathing disorders, cancer, diabetes, nausea after eating, and obesity