In the human body, Vata is the dosha of Ether (space) and Air (gas). Vata dosha resides in the colon, bones, ears, thighs, lower abdomen, pelvic girdle, and hair. Vata dosha maintains the potential to remain in balance in these sites, or to become imbalanced in these sites through increase or decrease of Ether and/or Air, as well as the qualities (Gunas) of Vata which are: dry, light, cold, rough, subtle, mobile, clear, and dispersing.

Ayurveda teaches that Vata becomes imbalanced through diet, lifestyle, hereditary factors, environmental factors, misuse - overuse - and underuse of senses, exposure to wind and cold, travel (especially air), staying up late at night, excess sex and masturbation, excess talking, running, jumping, jogging, excess sweating, and stress.

When Vata is out of balance and left untreated, the result may be constipation, lower backache, pain in thighs, ringing in the ears, popping joints, pain in bones, tingling and numbness of skin, dry skin, cracked skin, vertigo, vata type arthritis, dehydration, poor digestion, fear, anxiety, worry, spaciness, forgetfulness, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, schizophrenia, insomnia, hair loss, and sciatica.

To balance and calm Vata, Ayurveda recommends a Vata pacifying diet, calm lifestyle, oil massage, and intake of Vata balancing oil, meditation, pranayama, Vata herbal remedies, and an abundance of nature hikes on a warm day.

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