Taking Charge of Your Health

Hello Friends The National Library of Ayurveda Medicine is pleased to present a new episode on Ayurveda. The present release is part of a video lecture series prepared for the education of Ayurveda literature in accordance with the academic curriculum of Ayurveda studies in India. My name is Dr Sumit Kesarkar and I will be your host throughout this video, which gives a brief explanation of Vata Dosha and its 5 subtypes. Since Vata Dosha is a huge topic we have divided it into 2 videos In the present video we would discuss about Vata Dosha while in the next video we would discuss about its subtypes and their inter-relationships Vataa is a force conceptually made up of the elements Aakash & Vayu. The proportions of Akasha and Vayu determine how active Vataa is. The amount of Akasha affects the ability of the Motion to gain momentum. Of the universal qualities, Vata dosha has a predominance of Rajas. Vataa dosha, as described in the “Introduction to Tridosha video” is responsible for Origin and Destruction. In brief, it initiates the spark or movement for creation and also sets in the parameters for destruction. Hence it is understood as the prime force present or dominant at the birth and death of any entity. It determines motion in perception of wind or static as the earth’s movement around the sun. It is responsible to carry an energy source as Kapha to Pitta for transformation and then transport the converted energy to their locations To understand Vataa dosha from a human perspective we need to understand its functions as depicted by Vagbhat in Ashtanghrudaya Vataa is responsible for the senses, intellect, digestion, excretion and touch. It provides individuals with sensory obserVataions, which lead to enthusiasm, reasoning, and creativity. It also supplies the brain with intellectual capacity for memory and wisdom. In the digestive process, Vataa is part of the final stages, and thus helps in elimination of food from the body. Lastly, tactile sensation is supplied by Vataa as it is partly composed of air. On a deep scan of these functions we can comprehend that Vata dosha is associated with movement or motion of any kind, whether it can be perceived visually, as in the case of a locomotion or other actions, or comprehended mentally as in case of the flow of thoughts, energy, etc. Vata dosha has its prime seat of location in a human body. In Ashtanghrudaya it is described as The locations mentioned are large and small intestines, ears, and the sense organ of touch. However, Pakvashaya, which can be correlated to the major part of the large intestine, is considered as the prime seat of action. The pathology of Vataa dosha can be studied when its proportions increase or decrease in the body. Since Vata dosha is responsible for transportation and motion, its increase logically can result in the uncontrolled increase of these functions, which may lead to early burn outs, exhaustion of resources and friction. The stability of the body would be disturbed with arrhythmic movements whether it be heart beats, speech or movement of joints. The increase of Vata dosha is described in Ashtanghrudaya as In general the symptoms include Dark skin tone, desire for hot things, tremors, flatulence, constipation, loss of strength, insomnia, malfunction of the sense organs, hallucinations. Decrease of Vata dosha would have an opposite effect. The movements would be highly reduced. Transportation of materials and evacuation of wastes would be slowed down, leading to a build up of toxins. The decrease of Vata dosha is described in Ashtanghrudaya as In brief the symptoms include Loss of speech, Loss of motor functions Delirium, Symptoms similar to increase of Kapha dosha This concludes our first part on Vata dosha In the next video we would discuss about the 5 subtypes of Vata dosha I hope this video was informative and made the subject clear. Comments and feedback are highly appreciated and you can leave them by visiting the NLAM website at or likewise by writing to me at Thank you for watching. [SUBTITLES CREDIT:NLAM]

7 thoughts on “#EP- 01, What is Vata Dosha Ayurveda, Concept Of Vata and its 5 subtypes

  1. Thank you for your videos! They are helping me study for my Ayurveda Level I Final I am taking for the California College of Ayurveda. They are very clear and informative in a format helpful for conceptualizing the information.

  2. Wow. this is great. After studying English medicine.
    I just find out that there are certain subclinical things that aren't explained by it.

    Ayurveda is amazing in explaining some of these concepts.
    I can relate to this.

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