Have you ever wondered why you do the things you do? Perhaps you love taking naps in the afternoon or, like me, need to be active during the day. Ayurveda explains what our deepest inner qualities are and why we may be in balance or out of balance in our life. Ayurveda is an ancient practice involving intricate yet intuitive healing methods to bring serenity to our mind, body, and soul. When we practice Ayurveda properly and with a skilled practitioner, you can find relief from many health ailments. The word Ayurveda comes from two separate Sanskrit words, “ayur” meaning life and “veda” meaning knowledge. People are born with certain Prakriti’s (the prime material energy of which all matter is composed). By understanding Prakriti and the elements that make all matter, you can figure out what weaknesses and strengths your metabolism, daily habits, and health have. You can make changes to your Doshas (This is your constitution when you are born) to support the Prakriti (elements) and balance your Dosha out. Lately, I have been so intrigued by Ayurveda, so I took the Dosha test to find out my constitution. I was surprised to find out that my Dosha was Vatta-Pitta. Let us go into this a little deeper to understand the Doshas better. The Vata dosha is a combination of air and space, the Pitta Dosha is made of fire and water, and the Kapha dosha is a combination of water and earth. We all have a little bit of each dosha in us, but certain Doshas stand out or come to the surface more often than others. We can have more dominant Doshas, and through lifestyle changes, we can bring equilibrium to them.
The first Dosha is Vata, and it is the mix of the primary elements (or Prakriti) of air and ether. The qualities of Vatas are Dry, Light, Cold, Rough, Subtle, Mobile, and Clear. Vata regulates your nervous system, so Vata tends to have more anxiety and worries much more often than the other Doshas. Vata is also highly creative and has an artistic flair that most desire. Due to the Spacey and airy nature, they tend to fly to unknown places that other Doshas have no idea existed, let alone understand. Physical ailments that can develop if Vata is out of balance are anxiety, dry skin, insomnia, or excessively underweight. To help Vata reach equilibrium, it is important to practice meditation daily. Allow your creativity to flow by painting, writing, or doing something creative. Implement more foods that are heavy even if you normally do not like to. Things like potatoes and root vegetables will keep you grounded when you are about to fly into the ether. I find these practices have helped me tremendously to stay grounded and creative.
The second Dosha is Pitta, which is a mix of the primary elements of fire and water. Pitta’s qualities are Hot, Sharp, Light, Spreading, Oily. Pitta has a strong sense of self, which can lead to great confidence. Pitta has a great sense of order and athleticism. They tend to be good managers because they can take charge of any situation. The combination of Fire and water make them highly explosive in movements. This quality can either be an advantage (like an athletic sprint) or a downfall when out of balance (possible arguments over quick assumptions). Physical issues that can arise when Pitta is out of balance can be heartburn, excess skin irritation, and/or digestive issues. To bring balance to Pitta, it is important to add more soothing foods and avoid spicy food. Taking a cooling walk next to the ocean to bring out more water in your Dosha will help balance the fire. Avoid excess oil as it can irritate. Try to meditate more often and bring yourself to a calmer state of mind.
The Third dosha is Kapha, and its qualities are water and earth together. The qualities of Kapha are Heavy, Slow, Cool, Smooth, Dense, Soft, Stable, Cloudy, Sticky. Kapha is stable and tends to be a loyal friend. They are solid and naturally calm. Kapha is good-natured, loving, and kind; very grounded. When Kapha is out of balance, the likelihood of holding onto things (hoarding) or becoming overly stubborn can be an issue. When stressed out, they do not want to do anything. Physical imbalances can be weight gain, excess mucus, asthma, or lymph tissues. To balance Kapha, it’s important to make changes in your routine. Shake things up and do something new. Avoid cold, damp foods or places. Try to add more spice or heat to your foods.
Find Your Dosha
If you are curious to find out your Dosha, take the test below to get instant results. I would love to hear back on your Dosha and what your thoughts and feelings are on Ayurveda.
I hope you enjoyed learning about the three Doshas. I am happy to have brought this to your life. Following the principles of Ayurveda, you can make a big impact on your daily life and health. If you have any questions about Ayurveda, feel free to reach out to me at [email protected]