The Three Doshas
The Doshas come from Ayurveda. They are what describes a person’s constitution.
The Doshas are biological energies found throughout the human body and mind. They govern all physical and mental processes and provide every living being with an individual blueprint for health and fulfilment.
The Doshas derive from the Five Elements and their related properties. The five elements are space, air, water, fire and earth.
Vata is composed of Space and Air
Pitta of Fire and Water
Kapha of Earth and Water.
Although you might be dominated by one or two Doshas, we all posses the three Doshas within us. However, the proportions in which they present, are what makes us unique.
A person with a predominantly Vata constitution will have physical and mental qualities that reflect the elemental qualities of Space and Air. That is why Vata types are commonly quick thinking, thin, and fast moving. A Pitta type, on the other hand, will have qualities reflective of Fire and Water, such as a fiery personality and oily skin. A Kapha type will typically have a solid bodily frame and calm temperament, reflecting the underlying elements of Earth and Water.
The Doshas are dynamic energies that constantly change in response to our actions, thoughts, emotions, the foods we eat, the seasons, and any other sensory inputs that feed our mind and body. When we live into the fulfilment of our individual natures, we naturally make lifestyle and dietary decisions that foster balance within our Doshas. When we live against our intrinsic natures, we support unhealthy patterns that lead to physical and mental imbalances.
Ways to Balance Vata
Key Words to remember: Grounding, Warming, Routine
-Eat a Vata-balancing diet.
-Eat in a peaceful environment.
-Engage in wholesome and contemplative activities (like spending time in nature).
-Follow a regular daily routine.
-Go to bed early.
-Do gentle physical exercise like yoga, swimming, tai chi, or walking.
Ways to Balance Pitta
Key Words to Remember: Cooling, Calming, Moderation
-Eat a Pitta-balancing diet. -Eat in a peaceful environment. -Avoid artificial stimulants. -Engage in calming activities, like spending time in nature. -Meditate daily. -Do calming physical exercise, such as yoga, swimming, tai chi, or walking.
Ways to Balance Kapha
Key words to remember: Drying, Stimulating, and Expression
-Eat a Kapha-balancing diet. -Eat in a loving environment. -Avoid a luxurious, leisurely lifestyle -Focus on non-attachment in daily life. -Do emotional housekeeping regularly. -Make time for introspective activities, like meditation and writing. -Make a distinction between being nice and being taken advantage of. -Go to bed early and rise early, with no daytime naps.
Find out your dominant Dosha here.