Vata types generally have a light frame and may appear thin or underweight. They can be average height - or overly tall or short. They tend to have thin hair. They can appear bony with protruding veins. They may suffer from dryness which when excessive can cause dry and/or rough skin/lips/hair, rough or cracked skin, dry or popping joints, irregular teeth. They often suffer poor circulation, with cold extremities - hands/wrists and feet/ankles.
Vata types often have a love of travel and are attracted to very mobile activities such as running, jumping, dance, speed orientated sports, being the fastest, coming first. They can be with intense or light-hearted in their approach and unlikely to concern themselves with outcomes as they can easily move on to something else.
Vata types are usually drawn to erratic hours, rarely committing to a regular regime of set mealtimes, or set bedtimes for long. They enjoy more diversity, a changing lifestyle, they are often mobile in their abode. However inviting so much change can mean they become easily and quickly overwhelmed and unsettled, needing to retreat back to safety and comfort for a while to restore their energy.
Their appetite is generally erratic with variable digestive strength. Vata types are often too busy to eat and see little sense in keeping to regular mealtimes.
Body Clock - Vata times of the day are 2am to 6am and 2pm to 6pm. Vata season sees mid-Autumn into Winter. Vata phase of life is generally later life moving toward old age.
Vata’s have quick minds, their thoughts flow with ease creating quick witted responses and fast delivery of speech. Their mental flexibility makes them good at learning. They are quick to grasp new concepts, but may just as readily forget them - or simply move on to something new due to being easily distracted and changeable. Their mental aptitude requires focus and stability to enable them to reach their full potential.
Vata types have an abundance of imagination and an ability to observe situations, people and concepts from many different perspectives. Vata types are astute, instinctive and spontaneous. They mean well but their impulsive nature can lead them astray - sometimes creating a lack of commitment and/or depth to their creative abilities and a compromised sincerity with others.
Clarity is another truly admirable quality of the balanced Vata mind. When focused Vata types generally enjoy a wonderfully clear mind alongside highly intuitive mental skills. The difficulty comes when their natural predisposition towards clarity and intuition is compromised when Vata falls out of balance.
The balanced Vata type is happy-go-lucky, loving and joyful. They are alert and ready for immersing themselves into anything. They enjoy a variety of friendships, like to be socially involved and to mix things up from time to time - trying different types of activities and events - to avoid being bored.
Vata types are rarely idle, preferring to keep busy. However a lack of regulation can mean excessive stimulation or ‘over doing it’. Vata types are most likely to suffer mental exhaustion, physical fatigue.
The spirituality of a Vata type can be changeable therefore creating feelings of insecurity. Vata types respond well to meditation techniques that stabilise their mind and give them a sense of feeling properly grounded. Rooting themselves in a spiritual reading and practices as well as developing long-term compassion for others helps to create excellent stability for Vata types.
Due to their volatile nature Vata types can lack self-assurance, often questioning their trust in life and their trust in themselves. By their own admission they may at times be quite superficial - lacking resilience and reliability, sincerity and commitment.
Vata types are most likely to suffer from fear in general as well as a fear of loneliness, darkness, height and enclosed space. During low times they might find themselves feeling overly nervous, anxious and insecure.
The Attributes of Vata Individuals - by Dr David Frawley:
Dry - dry skin, hair, lips, tongue, dry colon, tending towards constipation, hoarse voice
Light - light muscles, bones, thin body frame, light scant sleep, underweight
Cold - cold hands, feet, poor circulation, hates cold and loves hot, stiffness of muscles
Rough - rough, cracked skin, nails, hair, teeth, hands and feet, cracking joints
Subtle - subtle fear, anxiety, insecurity, fine goose pimples, minute muscles, twitching, fine tremors, delicate body
Mobile - fast walking, talking, doing many things at a time, restless eyes, eyebrows, hands, feet, unstable joints, many dreams, loves travelling, but does not stay in one place, swinging moods, and shaky faith
Clear - clairvoyant, understands and forgets immediately, clear, open mind, experiences void and loneliness
Astringent - dry choking sensation in the throat, gets hiccoughs, burping, loves oily, mushy soups, craving for sweet, sour and salty tastes.
General Advice for Vata Types:
Encourage calmness through breath control, layer up and keep warm, favour warm and nourishing foods (avoiding cold, raw foods), avoid over-exposure to disturbing weather, such as extreme cold and severe winds, be mindful of excess travel and extreme heights, favour warm and colourful remedial herbs and spices such as cumin, turmeric, chili, asafoetida, saffron, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and so on, keep a regular routine.