Vata Dosha

This is the Dosha with complete liberty for endless movements inside the body. This is the quotient of the movement of human body, because it is presenting the principal of the movement in universe- the Air (Vayu Mahabhoota)! Nothing is moveable inside the body except the Vata Dosha, rest all traits inside the body are moveable due to the Vata Dosha alone so wherever there is some movement inside the body- that will be all due to the Vata Dosha. This movement might be that gross as movement of the food stuff inside the human body and this might be that subtle as movements of micronutrients through pores of a cell membrane- doesn’t matter what sized of things and traits are moved inside the body- everything will be moved by the Vata Dosha, alone.

All the senses or perceptions inside the body are also part of the movement. Once we look at something- this sensation should move to the brain for interpretation and analysis and this movement is also done by Vata. So this is the reason Vata is also known as Gyan- the knowledge.

These movements, all kind of, should be controlled and directed in right direction when these movements are normal and directed well this condition is known as health. When these movements are misdirected and irregular the condition will represent the diseases. Here are some of the examples of the diseases related to the movements:

Excessive Movements:

Excessive/ Uncontrolled and movements of the fluids and food in GIT represents Diarrhea, Irritative bowl Syndrome and alike conditions.

When these uncontrolled movements occur in muscles: this is known as Parkinsonism/ Tremors / Movements and Gait Disorders.

Lesser Movements:

When movements of the Intestines are low: this will cause Constipation!

Nerves are when slow to carry the impulses to the desired location this will be known as Alzheimer’s Diseases and all other similar diseases.

No movements at all:

Paralysis!! This is the result of no movements inside the body, when there are no movements inside the body- this will be known as Paralysis and we can find example of the paralysis in all systems of the body.

Due to this basic nature of the Vata, there are certain properties of the Vata, which define rest of its activities inside the body and these are- Dryness, Subtleness, Lightness, Rough etc.

Dryness is the main post-effect of all types of movements. Whenever, wherever there will be movement, there will be friction and this friction will be leading to the dryness of the moving parts. These moving parts might be the tiers of a vehicle or your joints!

If we think about dryness on other paradigm, fats are the main part of the body when it comes to oiliness of the human body! Whenever there will be some movements, body will need to produce more and more energy and in the same quest of “parenting” energy for these movements- body will burn the fats and these burnt fats will lead to the  dryness- no material for oiliness- means dryness!

Second one is the subtleness! As we discussed above Vata is capable for the movement on the subtlest level of the body and governs these movements. This is only possible for a thing with subtleness to do so. If we talk about knowledge- that again is the subtlest form of the movement, it is too subtle to record under a microscope. We can see the results of the movements; even we are not able to see these movements to happen.

Movement means- burn of energy! Burn of energy means the consumption of the stored foods and result will be the lightness! Secondly, if you want to fly/move always you should be light enough to do so. This is the second factor which decides the lightness of the Vata! Air (Vayu Mahabhoota) is the main principle and air has weight but comparatively not that much, so is Vata.

Movements bring—Dryness and dryness results in the roughness. This is the reason why in case of Vata diseases like osteoarthritis- there will be rough surfaces of the bones. This roughness is the result of one more passive activity of the Vata, as discussed above- Vata consumes the fats for production of the energy to move. Fats give oiliness and that oiliness gives us the smoothness. Once there is no smoothness- that condition will be known as roughness. There is nothing perfect and perfect smooth- everything can be counted in terms of relativity only.

This is a brief description about the Vata! If your body type comes under Vata, dont forget tpo check Vata Body Type Page!