Are you more of a Vata type?

Common characteristics of people who have a predominantly Vata constitution


  Creativity, quick mental alertness
  Creative imagination
  Quick to learn and grasp new knowledge, but also quick to forget
  Sexually easy excitable but quickly satiated
  Slenderness; lightest, smallest frame of the three body types
  Talk and walk quickly
  Tendency toward cold hands and feet, discomfort in cold climates
  Excitable, lively, fun personality
  Changeable moods
  Irregular daily routine
  Variable appetite and digestive efficiency
  High energy in short bursts; tendency to tire easily and to overexert
  Full of joy and enthusiasm when in balance
  Respond to stress with fear, worry, and anxiety, especially when out of balance
  Tendency to act on impulse
  Often have racing, disjointed thoughts
  Generally have dry skin and dry hair and doesn't perspire much


Typical health problems include

Headaches, hypertension, dry coughs, sore throats, earaches, anxiety, irregular heart rhythms, muscle spasms, lower back pain, constipation, abdominal gas, diarrhea, nervous stomach, menstrual cramps, premature ejaculation and other sexual disfunctions, arthritis. Most neurological disorders are related to Vata imbalance.


Physical Features

People of vata constitution are generally physically underdeveloped. Their chests are flat and their veins and muscle tendons are visible. The complexion is brown, the skin is cold, rough, dry and cracked. Vata people generally are either too tall or too short, with thin frames which reveal prominent joints and bone-ends because of poor muscle development. The hair is curly and scanty, the eyelashes are thin and the eyes lusterless. The eyes may be sunken, small, dry, and active. The nails are rough and brittle. The shape of the nose is bent and turned-up. The appetite and digestion are variable. Vata people loves sweet, sour and salty tastes and like hot drinks. The production of urine is scanty and the feces are dry, hard and small in quantity. They have a tendency to perspire less than other constitutional types. Their sleep may be disturbed and they will sleep less than the other types. Their hands and feet are often cold.


Psychologically, they are characterized by short memory but quick mental understanding. They will understand something immediately, but will soon forget it. They have little willpower, tend toward mental instability and possess little tolerance, confidence or boldness. Their reasoning power is weak and these people are nervous, fearful and afflicted by much anxiety. Vata people tend to earn money quickly and also to spend it quickly, easy come, easy go. Therefore they never have much to save.