Dosha Vata

Vata reflects the qualities of air and space. Dosha Vatas are expressive, creative, and naturally communicative.

Vatas are typically thin with a light-boned build and a delicate, naturally slender figure. They often have an irregular appetite and do not gain weight easily. Vatas also tend to have dry skin and brittle hair that’s prone to frizziness and split ends.

A Balanced Vata:

  • Thinks, speaks, and moves quickly.
  • Is enthusiastic, imaginative and sensitive.
  • Is warm and grounded.

An Unbalanced Vata

  • Is physically dry - manifested in dry skin, dry hair, cracked lips, or internal dryness resulting in constipation.
  • Is anxious - prone to worrying.
  • Experiences cold hands and feet.

Keeping Vata in Balance

It’s important for Vatas to be mindful of certain triggers that threaten their balance, such as autumn, travel, loud noises, cold weather, wind, and aging.

Maintaining a supportive diet is key for Vata. Warm, hearty foods like root vegetables, healthy fats, and hot liquids nourish Vata. On the other hand, eating raw or dry foods or skipping meals altogether can throw Vata off balance.


  • Warm, heavy, nurturing, soothing, and grounding meals.
  • Root vegetables like sweet potatoes, beets, and turnips.
  • Whole wheat cereals, brown rice, whole wheat pasta, and cooked oats.
  • Cooked vegetables like asparagus, butternut squash, carrots, green beans, and red lentils.
  • Healthy fatty oils from plant origin, such as avocado and olive oil.
  • Naturally sweet foods like fruits and nuts.
  • Mild spices and a bit of salt.
  • Warm or hot liquids.
  • 3-4 small meals a day at regular times.


  • Raw foods like salads and raw vegetables, especially in wintertime.
  • Cold foods and frozen beverages.
  • Dried fruits, chips, popcorn, and crackers.
  • Nightshades, including potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants.
  • Legumes with an astringent taste, such as black beans, chickpeas, broccoli, or Brussels sprouts.
  • Eating when anxious, worried, or distracted.
  • Skipping meals or overeating.
  • Eating too much at nighttime.

Best Hair Routine for Vata

Since Vatas are prone to dryness, Vatas should look for deeply hydrating and moisturizing haircare products.

We recommend Sūun REPAIR Shampoo and Conditioner. They ensure that Vata’s scalp and strands are nourished, healthy, and manageable. 

Does Vata Dosha sound like you? Find out for sure by taking the Dosha Quiz.