It is the bodily wind principle. It can be translated as movement. That which moves is termed as ‘Vata’. It supports the two other Dosha. It also governs our sensory and mental balance and promotes mental adaptability and understanding. Vata controls the movement of blood in the circulatory system, air in the respiratory system, and excretions out of our body. It controls the nervous system and moves nutrients to cells and tissues for metabolism. It controls the thoughts and the activities of the mind. The intestines are the seat of Vata. Its qualities are dry, cold, subtle, light, mobile, rough, erratic, clear, fast, mobile, bitter, astringent, and pungent.
It is translated as Body ‘Fire’ and that which digests things. It is responsible for all chemical and metabolic transformations in the body. It also governs our mental digestion and our capacity to perceive reality and understand things. The small intestine, stomach, sweat glands, blood, fat, eyes and skin are the seats of Pitta. Its qualities are hot, oily, light, intense, fluid, sharp, soft, smooth, sour, pungent, and salty.
It is biological ‘Water’ and that which holds things together. It provides body and substance and gives support. It provides emotional support in life and governs such positive emotional traits as love, compassion, modesty, patience and forgiveness. It fills spaces in the body, giving biological strength, vigour and vitality. The chest is the seat of Kapha. Its qualities are oily, cool, heavy, stable, dense, smooth, dull, wet, slow, cloudy, sweet, sour, and salty.
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