Vata Imbalance (Vikriti)


Parts 1 and 2 of the Dosha Assessment focus on identifying your dosha, or natural state of being. Part 3 focuses on determining Vikriti, which is the state of imbalance caused when one of the three doshas is excessive.

Your dominant body dosha may be Kapha for example, but the imbalance (Vikriti) that you experience may be related to another dosha (Pitta or Vata).

The following may be signs of Vata imbalance:

  • Anxiousness, worry, or feeling overwhelmed
  • Digestive problems or cramping
  • Persistent dry skin, scalp, throat, and/or lips
  • Unexplained insomnia, feeling fatigue but difficulty relaxing
  • An indecisive attitude, negative thoughts
  • Wasting, cracking, irregularity, cold
  • Difficulty concentrating, short attention span


Ayurvedic medicine recommends the rule of opposites for maintaining balance among energies. Because vata is characterized by movement, air, dryness, cold, and space within the body, applying warmth, steadiness, and density may assist in balancing the aggravated vata dosha. Vata may be vitiated due to stress, cold weather, or irregularity.

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