• Vata

    Vata

    Ether and Air / Moving Force

    Vata is the subtle energy consisting of the elements of ether (space) and air. The qualities of Vata are light, cold, dry, mobile, subtle, clear and rough. The Vata dominate individual is tall or short with a thin build and long, narrow or small features. In balance the Vata person is lively, creative, quick and spontaneous. When Vata is in excess anxiety, fear, insomnia, indigestion and fatigue may be experienced. The light, cold and irregular nature of Vata is grounded by warm, wet, heavy and nurturing methods.

    Characteristics

    Height, Body frame, Weight

    Very tall or very short – thin, lanky or underdeveloped – doesn’t gain weight easily

    Face Small, thin or long facial features
    Eyes Small, unsteady or active eyes
    Hair Dry, thin, course, or tight curly hair
    Joints Irregular, prominent, stiff, or cracking joints
    Skin Thin, dry, rough, or fine pored, skin that rarely burns
    Circulation Cold hands and feet – poor circulation
    Eating & Sleeping Habits Irregular eating or sleeping habits
    Appetite & Thirst Variable appetite or thirst – dizzy or weak between meals
    Digestion – upper Irregular digestion – difficulty with large meals – fast metabolism
    Elimination Irregular elimination – may have gas or constipation
    Energy & Endurance Energy fluctuates or comes in bursts – low endurance
    Immunity Low resistance to illness
    Routines Prefers change and movement – dislikes routine – restless
    Memory Quick to memorize, but absentminded
    Decisiveness Difficulty making decisions or staying focused
    Speech Talkative or talks quickly – high pitch or irregular speech patterns -change subject often
    Personality Imaginative, creative or inventive
    Stress Response Sensitive, anxious, nervous, worried, fretful or fearful
    Social Preference Prefers large gatherings, know a lot of people, few close friends
    Spending Habits Spends impulsively, money is to be used
    Sleep Quality Difficulty falling asleep or having a sound night’s sleep – tired upon waking
    Climate Preference Prefers a tropical climate – dislikes dry, cold and windy weather