Elements: Ether, Air, Fire

Increase: Vata and Pitta

Decrease: Kapha

Found in Pungent and Bitter tastes.

Balanced by Heavy, Sweet, Salty

Action: catabolic, cleanses, helps digestion and encourages appetite, reduces phlegm and purifies the channels, causes slimness and reduces bulk.

Positive effect: creates freshness and alertness, attention, release, freedom, love, happiness.

In the body, lightness creates agility and swiftness. Lightness of mind is associated with clarity and alertness. Lightness is inspiring: it improves oxygen levels and creativity. Foods that are light aid weight loss. Examples of light foods include popcorn (without butter and salt), salads, and black pepper. They also convince the body to scavenge for food, and this metabolizes residues in the blood, cleanses all fluids, and aids the healing of wounds. For this reason, Lightness is associated with purity. Light quality reduces viscosity of the blood.

Eating lightly, including gentle fasting and smaller portions, has shown to directly increase lifespan in studies. Fasting in general is an ancient cleansing practice to create lightness and lose weight; however it is often too harsh or misused.

In excess: lack of grounding and stability, hyperactivity, insecurity, fear, anxiety, emaciation.

Excess Lightness can cause frivolous behavior, a lack of appropriate seriousness.  Mental lightness can create spaciness, ungroundedness, and distraction. Pathological lightness creates emaciation and weakness. Discomfort and pain are very light. Pathological lightness creates dryness, as seen in Osteoporosis which is lightness in the bones.

Lifestyle habits, including excess exercise, frequent awakening during the night (breastfeeding mothers), skipping meals, excess traveling, Vegan diet, smoking, drug abuse and continues stress may induce Light quality.

Qualities which Increase Lightness:

Natural attributes: Hot, Clear, Dry, Mobile, Delicate, Sharp, Refined,

Tastes: Pungent, Bitter, Sour

Herbs That Increase Lightness:

Alterative: Stinging Nettle, Burdock, Dandelion

Aromatic: Cinnamon, Rosemary

Carminative: Peppermint, Chamomile

Cholagogue: Turmeric

Diaphoretic: Ginger, Cayenne

Diuretic: Celery, Parsley

Stimulant: Coffee, Green Tea

Treatments for excess Lightness

Although the mind enjoys lightness, it can aggravate Vata to the point of emaciation if unchecked. The body prefers stability to freedom. Sleep, rest, routine, and reducing stress are the most important ways to gain weight and become grounded and centered. Ojas building foods, such as a teaspoon of ghee with meals, helps nourish the body and bring heaviness. Ashwagandha ghee is a medicated ghee that helps ground the nervous system while nourishing Vata. Licorice root and salt help retain and rebuild fluids.

Elements: Earth, Water

Natural attributes: Heavy, Dull, Cold, Oily, Static, Sticky

Dosha: Vata pacifying diet and lifestyle

Going to sleep early and waking up late

Midday rest

Frequent meals

Strength workouts to build muscle mass

Idle vacation

Adding more animal protein, fats and carbs to the diet, while reducing vegetables.

Nutritive tonics: Ashwagandha, Shatavari 

Ingredients that are Light


Amaranth, Barley, Buckwheat, Millet, Popcorn, Puffed Rice, Quinoa, Rice Cakes


Mung Bean


Alfalfa Sprouts, Aloe Vera, Artichoke, Asparagus, Bitter Melon, Broccoli, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Celery stalk, Fennel Stalk, Okra, Red Bell Pepper


Arugula, Bean Sprouts, Beet Greens, Celery Stalk, Chard, Chickweed, Collard Greens, Dandelion Leaves, Endive, Mustard, Grape Leaves, Kale, lemongrass, Mustard Greens, Red Leaf Lettuce, Romaine Lettuce, sage, Spinach, Stinging Nettles


Apple (cooked), Blackberry, Blueberry, Lemon, Lime, Papaya




Kombucha, Vinegar (Apple, Red Wine, White)


Ajuwan, Basil, Black Pepper, Cardamom, Cayenne Pepper, Celery Seed, Chamomile, Chilies, Cinnamon,  Coriander Seed, Ginger, Cumin, Curry Powder, Dill, Fennel Seeds, Green Tea, Jalapenos, Mint, Paprika, Parsley (Fresh), Saffron, Sassafras Leaf, Turmeric




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