If you have a vata-pitta type constitution it means that both vata and pitta doshas have equal strength in your equilibrium of doshas. While vata has a cold and airy energy, pitta is fiery and hot, putting them in sharp contrast. Balancing your dosha levels to keep them within the normal range of your constitution helps to maximize your potential and preserve your health. Significant increases or decreases in levels of any dosha can throw off this balance, giving rise to disease. This makes it important to understand your constitution and the strategies needed to support your unique doshic makeup.

Physical Traits:

Vata-pitta type individuals would be loosely characterized as ectomorphs with skinny, lanky bodies. You would have sinewy long limbs and even when fit would have lean musculature rather than bulk. Weight loss is usually not a concern for vatta-pitta type individuals and you may actually be more occupied with strategies to gain a few pounds! Your physical features are also proportionate and well-matched for your body structure. The typical vata-pitta face type is long and pear-shaped, possibly with a sharp jawline and pronounced cheekbones.

Vata-pitta type individuals tend to be slender with low body fat

Your skin tone and complexion is likely to be closer to brownish or yellowish, and depending on which of your dominant doshas has greater strength could be dry and thin or rather oily. Similarly, your hair type could be either oily and curly or dry and straight. Hair growth is usually thin and almost scanty. Your body temperature most likely veers towards lower than average, which is why you have a preference for places with warmer climatic conditions.

Psychological Traits:

The cold and airy nature of vata combines with the fiery heat of pitta to give you a colorful personality. Yes, you’re a go-getter, who is ambitious, driven, passionate, and intelligent, but at times you can lose focus and be indecisive. Your need to excel and perform can cause you to push yourself too far, undermining your needs for relaxation. If you fail to keep your dosha levels in check and do not maintain the right work-life balance, you would have a high risk of developing chronic stress and anxiety disorders.

Health Risks:

The airy nature of vata can at times aggravate pitta levels, giving rise to problems with digestion. These disturbances can include diarrhea or constipation, bloating, acidity, and tummy aches. Inflammatory disorders may also surface on occasion and you could become vulnerable to migraines. Vata-pitta type individuals often have trouble with impaired sleep, so never neglect the importance of a disciplined sleep routine.

Vata-Pitta Type Celebs:

Christy Turlington and John Malkovich


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Next: Balancing Vata-Pitta

Knowing your dosha type makes it easier to manage imbalances when they do arise. Find out how lifestyle choices affect dosha levels and take steps to balance vata-pitta doshas.


The information on this page has been contributed by Dr. Pratik Bhoite, M.D. (Ayu), M.S. (Couns.&Psy.) and is intended for the sole use of Allayurveda. Information contained within this article may not be reproduced without the explicit permission of Allayurveda.