Vaat Dosha


Is your skin dry, rough, thin?

Are you underweight?

Is your mind constantly in a whirl?

Do you worry incessantly?

Are you constantly restless or agitated or find yourself full of energy?

Do you experience constipation?

Do you suffer from insomnia or very light sleep?

Do you suffer from skin/ lips dryness or have brittle nails?

Do you have spells of forgetfulness?

Do you experience discomfort in the joints?

If you answered yes for most of the questions then you are a Vaat predominant Person.


Vata dosha is made up of Akash or ether (space) and vayu (air) elements.

The word vata means to blow or move like the wind.

Fuctions Of VAAT :

  • Creativity

  • Joy

  • Communication

  • Hearing

  • Touch

  • Respiration

  • Heart function

  • Circulation

  • Menstruation; delivery of baby

  • Orgasm

  • Elimination of wastes (urine, feces, sweat)

  • Movement of thoughts and feelings, and the general functioning of our nervous system

  • All physical movements

Vata dosha is best understood in terms of its component parts, its subdoshas, which are the five types of vata or five types of movement. Each subdosha defines a direction of movement and governs specific actions in the body.

Prana Vayu:

The senses, creative thinking, reasoning, enthusiasm, leader of all 15 categories of Vata, Pitta and Kapha.

Prana vayu represents the force that draws sensory experience to us. It is the force of attraction and has a magnetic nature. The way it functions determines the types of impressions we expose ourselves to. Prana vayu resides in the head and heart (chest) where desire dwells, choices are made, and sensory experience is processed. When it is healthy, we are drawn toward that which is harmonious and which brings us health and well-being. When prana vayu is out of balance, we misuse our senses and bring inside of us that which will cause disease.

Samana Vayu:

Whereas prana vayu represents the force of attraction, samana vayu represents the force of absorption, pulling the impressions we are drawn to toward the center of our being. For example, samana vayu carries nutrients from the intestines into the circulatory system, and the sensations of things we touch are carried from the skin to the central nervous system. When samana vayu is functioning properly, impressions are properly absorbed. When it is in a state of dysfunction, absorption becomes difficult, and malnourishment or numbness may occur.

Vyana Vayu:

Once absorbed, an impression must be acted upon. This is the role of vyana vayu, which is the force that circulates the response, moving it from the center toward the periphery. Following our examples, in the digestive system blood carries the nutrients throughout the body so that each cell receives its proper supply. In the nervous system, a signal is sent from the central nervous system toward a muscle or organ.

Udana Vayu: