Vata constitutions are prone to Vata imbalance which can manifest as worry, stress, anxiety, invariable digestion, sleep disturbances, constipation, fluctuating emotions, and dry skin.
Vata when in harmony manifests as highly creative, sociable, light-hearted, flexible, go-with-the-flow attitude, open-minded, active, and lively. Vata's are great conversationalists and enjoy novel experience.
Vata is a combination of air + ether elements. The primary function of vata is movement.
Factors that aggravate vata: travel, eating on the go, watching violent or disturbing shows, too many raw veggies (fruits are okay), processed foods, emotional eating.
To balance vata follow these general guidelines:
Eat regular meals
Favor sweet fruits,
Choose warm, unctuous, hydrating, nourishing soupy foods like stews and kitchedri
Use healthy fats like ghee
Avoid raw, cold foods
Practice daily abhyanga (self-massage) with sesame oil and essential oils like Frankincense.
Engage in regular ritual and rhythm
Practice meditation and breathing
Slow down thinking
Choose exercises that are grounding and muscle building like walking, yin yoga, swimming, hiking, and lifting weights. Avoid overly strenuous activities like running marathons or HIIT training.