What Is Vata? | Ayurveda Explained

Whether you’re new to Ayurveda or
you’ve been studying it for a while, you’ve probably heard about
vata, pitta, and kapha dosha, and while we’re a
combination of all three, usually one stands out
more than the others. So today we’re going to
talk about vata dosha. We all likely know somebody
with a vata-predominant dosha. This person is usually slim, creatively
inclined, maybe they like to dance, sing, draw, or write, and they usually ask a lot of questions
and are okay with not getting an answer. Do I do that? We see these attributes because
of the qualities of vata dosha, which is comprised of ether
and air elements, and ether
is also known as space. In Ayurveda, each dosha has a specific set of
qualities that lend physiological, emotional, and spiritual clues
into our unique constitutions. If you want to learn more about
what a dosha is, watch our video. Just click this link. Okay. Imagine air moving through space. This is wind and this is a great way
to think about vata’s quick and erratic movements. The elements that make up
vata are what gives it its qualities. Air is cold, dry, rough,
irregular, and unstable. Ether is subtle, expansive,
and, well, spacious. Okay. When we experience or witness anyone
or anything that’s exhibiting these qualities, we can describe it as vata, and this applies both
internally and externally. Our environment can also be
vata–so think of a cool, dry, windy autumn day.
This is vata. In fact, the entire season of autumn
is described as vata season. Looking at the qualities within
ourselves, our environment, and our foods can help us to identify
when and where vata might become imbalanced. In Ayurveda,
like increases like, so if it’s vata season and
we’re eating vata foods, we’re probably gonna see
those vata qualities increase. A vata food favorite is often
popcorn, which is light and dry, just like vata. And it might not actually be the best
choice for somebody who already has a lot of vata in their body because popcorn
is very airy and it will increase air in the body, which means gas–and vata
people are already prone to
a lot of gas and bloating. But vata is also part of your
natural and healthy bodily functions, such as the movement of
food through the digestion, the flow of breath in your body, and the communication between
your mind and your nervous system. Do you have a tendency toward cool hands
and feet and often crave cozy sweaters? This can be a physical expression of
the cool quality in vata. Mentally, the spacious quality can express itself
as a scattered mind or a head in the clouds. Okay. When can begin to identify
vata dosha in and around us, we create an opportunity to understand
ourselves at a deeper level, and we can also work to create balance. Since like increases like in Ayurveda, the opposites bring
balance. So on that cool, windy autumn day, try stepping inside and grabbing
a warm mug of golden milk tea, and put on a sweater. If
you’re having popcorn, add extra ghee and digestive
spices like cumin and salt. I hope you find this video helpful and
don’t forget to share with a vata friend. As always, we love to answer
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