Your Ayurvedic Type: Vata Dosha

characteristics of vata dosha

The Characteristics of Vata Dosha

Your Ayurvedic type is based on a complex blend of qualities. If you are Vata dominant, you may notice the following characteristics in yourself 

To understand your Ayurvedic type or constitution you need to know about the doshas.

What is Your Ayurvedic Type?

The Ayurvedic Doshas are Vata, Pitta and Kapha

All of us are a blend of doshas, with one dosha dominant, and a secondary dosha supporting that.

Very few people are dominated by just one dosha, and even fewer are a balance of all three.

A combination of doshas is used to describe your prakruti. Your Ayurvedic prakruti would be Vata dominant if you notice most of these qualities in yourself

As an example you may be Vata dominant with Pitta the next strongest influence, and so your prakruti would be Vata/Pitta


The best way to get a proper analysis is by seeing a qualified Ayurvedic practitioner.

However, you can also take an online quiz to get a good idea.


You can learn more about the doshas, prakruti and temperament here.

Or if you need to know more about Ayurveda you can go here


Characteristics of Vata Dosha – Learn About Your Constitution or Prakruti

If you are Vata dominant, you may recognize some of the following qualities in yourself


The Characteristics of Vata Dominant People

  • Tend to be creative and/or dreamy.
  • Often have sharp mind but poor memory, and will be easily influenced by the environment.
  • Adapt well, and thrive on change.
  • May be prone to anxiety and tend to vacillate a lot.
  • Usually have thin frame, or asymmetrical build. May also be very short or very tall.
  • Tend to cold extremities, do best in warm, humid places
  • Have the weakest constitutions, can become easily imbalanced if not taking adequate care.
  • Variable metabolism, ‘hyper’ and ‘hypo’ conditions.
  • Have sensitive digestions and should take care to get the nutrients needed.
  • Often problems with elimination like variable IBS
  • Should avoid cold, dry and rough foods. Also raw and processed food.
  • Should try to keep warm and grounded, eating only fresh, well-cooked foods and avoid left-overs which can become poorly digested.
  • May become malnourished through fasting or vegan diets
  • Tend to manifest imbalances which show up as nervous system disorders – tremors, anxiety, fibromyalgia and psychosomatic problems. 
  • May be prone to problems with the skin and bones, especially joint problems, lack of flexibility and dryness of skin.
  • Stillness helps to calm the mind, and meditation is great way to come back to the here and now.
  • Benefit greatly from touch therapies and all forms of massage – as long as good quality oil is used
  • Digestive and nervous systems can be easily imbalanced. Need rest and high quality food

Know the Characteristics of Your Body Type (The Ayurvedic Doshas)


Pitta Dosha: The Characteristics of Pitta Dominant People

Kapha Dosha: The Characteristics of Kapha Dominant People




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