Updated: Oct 20
THE CREATIVE IDEALIST
While it's true that each person is truly unique, it's remarkable how Ayurveda can accurately predict our behaviour and characteristic traits based on the fundamental aspects of our constitutions. When you start to understand how Vata and Pitta have influenced your life, you can easily gain a clearer understanding of your specific strengths and vulnerabilities. Knowing yourself will shape your life-decisions towards a thriving path.
Vata-Pitta: Element Composition
As a Vata-Pitta Type, your constitution is predominantly influenced by Vata (Elemets of Air and Ether) and Pitta (Elements Fire and Water), and very likely you share commonalities with other individuals of the Vata-Pitta type. While the combinations of Vata - Pitta and Pitta - Vata have many similarities, the Dosha which is mentioned first is usually more prominent among the two. So, Vata-Pitta means that Vata is more dominant than Pitta and vice versa in the second case.
General Characteristics of a Vata - Pitta Dosha
Depending on which energy predominates in their constitution and the given situation, either the mobility and creativity of Vata or the temperament of Pitta will be more prominent. The combination of a creative mind (Vata) and an assertive doer (Pitta) can bring all sorts of projects into reality. This type has a natural draw towards creativity, sensitivity, and exhibits a quick comprehension. Typically, the Vata-Pitta type is eloquent and tends to utilize their intellect and cognitive capabilities to pursue their objectives. For example, an architect with Vata-Pitta-Dosha can beautifully put the creativeness and inspiration of Vata into a draft. The Pitta qualities are used to structure a plan for the actual constructionin detail with a sharp and organized mind.
Physical Traits of the Vata- Pitta Dosha
With a Vata-Pitta constitution you might have a medium-sized, slender and athletic body. Your physique may lean towards being delicate, resembling Vata, or more muscular like Pitta. Your movements are energetic, more fast than slow. Your facial features reflect the sensitive aspect of Vata like dry skin and deep eyes. Your Pitta is evident in prominent features, such as a strong chin that indicates determination. Your hair is wavy and relatively fine. Vata-Pitta constitutions have the best potential to remain dynamic and fit even in old age.
Personality and Emotional Traits
The Vata-Pitta nature is highly temperamental. You likely show a great deal of enthusiasm, creativity, and passion. You constantly push boundaries and strive for unexplored horizons. You tend to think differently and outside the box. You are admired for your courage to pursue your dreams and you express your arguments with intellect, wit, and charm. With your charismatic presence, you create an atmosphere of inspiration. Naturally flexible, you adapt to the given situation. You can take initiative when it's necessary. You seek recognition and success, especially when Pitta is strong, enabling you to bring your dreams to life.
Challenges for Vata-Pitta
As the Vata-Pitta type exhibits a significant range between inconsistency and ambition it is essential for them to be cautious not to exhaust themselves and to incorporate regular breaks into their daily
schedule. Otherwise a wonderful idea might just burn out without seeing the light of day. Balancing the elements is important in this constitution as it can support irregular flow of energy and overboarding temperament. With frequent tension, your immune system ultimately functions only moderately and you might experience smaller health imbalances throughout your life.
Emotional and Mental Imbalances
When you cannot recharge yourself, you may experience extreme mood swings and anxiety. From ecstatic highs to deep lows, you experience all intensely. Imbalanced, your self-confidence may falter. Stretching yourself too far or taking on excessive commitments, the typical results are stress, anxiety and being drained. You tend to engage in too many things simultaneously. You might end up being overwhelmed and burning out can be the consequence. Caution: untreated Burnout leads to depression! It is crucial to strike a balance by allowing yourself time to relax and recharge amidst your enthusiastic pursuits. While your intensity propels you forward, it's important to prioritize self-care and ground yourself with good habits and connection to nature.
Physical Imbalances and Diseases
As a Vata-Pitta Type, you may experience certain physical discomforts that are specific to your constitution. These discomforts can vary depending on the balance of Vata and Pitta energies within you. The combination of Vata's coolness and Pitta's heat makes Vata-Pitta individuals vulnerable to both, cold- and heat-related illnesses. Physical ailments commonly stem from increased Pitta, whereas nervous and emotional issues are primarily linked to Vata imbalances.
When pressure increases, the Vata-Pitta Type tends to sleep less and exhaust over time. Stress can irritate your digestion and cause constipation, diarrhea, or a combination of both. When the fire increases by food, lifestyle or emotional stress, it can lead to inflammations in the body. Symptoms can be Virus infections, arthritis, gastritis, acidic stomach, skin rashes, over-acidity, fever and auto-immune diseases and allergies. The sensitivity towards stress leads to higher susceptibility to cardiovascular diseases. Palpitations and heart rhythm irregularities can occur and display the emotional tension of the mind. An imbalance in the Vata Dosha can lead to neurological disorders such as neuropathy, nerve pain, and sleeplessness.
Harmonize Vata-Pitta Imbalances
Small imbalances occur normally throughout life. External and internal triggers can cause irritations and we can easily take care of ourselves by only adjusting our behavior and adjust our diet. A steady structure is important for a Vata-Pitta Type. Regular food intake and resting hours are necessary to maintain the energy level and avoid exgaustion. For stronger symptoms, diseases and imbalances a personal consultation would be needed.
Mental and Emotional Stability for Vata-Pitta
Start your day early and in silence. Don´t engage in work or organizational tasks, reading news or complex thoughts during your morning hours. Ground yourself first, so that you can stand firm through the day. Dedicate 10-15 minutes in the morning for your personal routine of rooting and centering. Meditation, Pranayama, or Yoga Nidra, Qi-Gong, Hatha Yoga etc. are beneficial practices. With an overactive mind, structure is essential to you. Finish tasks before taking on new projects and make sure to add small breaks during the day. Nurture relationships with people who understand you and with whom you can openly discuss emotions.
Nutrition for Vata-Pitta
With your natural digestive strength, you can generally eat as you please. Having three balanced meals daily would be beneficial for you. Your flame needs to keep burning, so warm and easy to digest foods are best for you. Giving your full attention to each meal would greatly benefit you. A Sattvic diet would be ideal for you as it caters to both the cold and hot elements of your constitution. Watch out to eat sweet (carrots, pumpkin, potatoes...), sour and salty foods to balance your elements well. This diet strengthens the earth element, builds Kapha and provides you with grounding. Avoid spices and nerve toxins like nicotine, alcohol or coffee.