These body types will have the predominance of both Vata and Pitta Doshas and will exhibit both the Air & Space and Fire qualities.
The Vata–Pitta constitutional type combines both Vata and Pitta doshas. Vata dosha is made up of the air + ether elements while Pitta dosha is made up of the fire + water elements. The attributes of Vata are light, cool, dry, and mobile. The characteristics of Pitta dosha are hot, sharp, mobile, oily, and penetrating.
The heat of Pitta can balance out the cold of Vata, leading to a nice blend of warm. However, the two ends of the temperature spectrum can also alternate, creating an individual who vacillates between two extremes: like/dislike, engaged/bored, committed/distracted, passionate/listless, and hot/cold.
In this doshic combination Vata typically governs the person’s physical attributes while Pitta rules the mental traits. Thus, Vata–Pitta types tend to have thin bodies, move quickly, be friendly and talkative and intelligent. Vata–Pittas have great flair, charisma, and capacity for original thought along with a skilled hand at applying theory to reality. They are creative and have the drive to see their projects through to the end.
Vata–Pittas tend towards poor circulation and thus feel cold. Further, Vata–Pittas tend to move between Vata emotions and Pitta emotions. Thus, Vata’s fear alternates with Pitta’s anger. Vata–Pittas are also challenged by poor digestion, anxiety, fatigue, hypertension, skin infections, headaches, and migraines.
Stability is needed to keep Vata–Pittas in balance. Vata, as the principle of movement, loves variety and movement and resists all forms of structure. However, it is routine, stillness, and quiet that provide a much-needed framework for Vata to thrive within. Vata–Pittas need to be grounded and weighted; this brings in the Kapha dosha that is deficient in Vata–Pittas. Easy strolls in peaceful natural environments and light, non-competitive activities are wonderful activities for Vata–Pittas.
Vata–Pittas also need moistness. The drying influence of both Vata and Pitta form a double-whammy in this doshic combination, leading to very dry tissues. The use of high quality cooking oils, daily application of oils to the entire body’s skin, and the daily intake of demulcent herbs will greatly benefit the Vata–Pitta person.
Seasonal approaches to self-care can be of great benefit and will help keep each dosha in check: pacify Pitta during summertime, and work to decrease Vata during autumn/winter. In addition, pacify Vata during the change of each season since this period of change can be unsettling.