Discovering Your Dosha Type

The word Ayurveda translates to “Knowledge of life” and dates back 5000 years to ancient Sanskrit texts, the Vedas. Essentially its a form of alternative medicine that originated in India. Ayurveda is governed by the Doshas which adhere to the energetic forces of nature and let us know their functional principles within to help us better innerstand ourselves.

The core of Ayurveda is focused on prevention, general health, and wellness. It relies on a delicate balance between mind body and spirit. In ayurvedic medicine, balance is everything, and it's achieved by harmonizing the three Doshas. The three Dosha’s are Vata, Pitta, and Kapha we're all made up of a unique combination of these three forces.

The Doshas derive from the Five Elements and their related properties. Vata is composed of Space (Ether) and Air, Pitta of Fire and Water, and Kapha of Earth and Water.






Cold, Dry, Light, Swift, Mobile, Clear, Rough

Hot, Oily, Light, Liquid, Sharp, Soft, Spreading

Cool, Wet, Oily, Heavy, Dense, Static, Stable

Vata Dosha — Air + Ether

People dominant in Vata might be thin(light frame), lanky, feel cold, often have dry skin, rough, mobile, and long angular features. Extreme sensitivity to cold, wind, and dry weather. Cold extremities such as hands, feet, and nose.

Their bodily functions include erratic appetites, irregular digestion that is easily disturbed, dryness in the form of constipation, cracking joints and sleep cycles are light, restless sleep.

Vata is associated with the wind (“that which moves things”) and it's all about the energy of movement, bodily movements such as the flow of breath, muscle contraction, tissue movement, cellular mobility, and pulsation of the heart. Activities that bring about a stable and grounding effect are helpful such as morning and nighttime routine and practicing a grounding meditation with your feet in the earth.

Vata imbalances can be counteracted with warming foods, root vegetables, and staying well hydrated is key since this dosha tends to skew towards dryness. The main locations of Vata in the body are the colon, thighs, bones, joints, ears, skin, brain, and nerve tissues. Key Words to remember: Grounding, Warming, Routine

Pitta Dosha — Fire + Water

Pitta types dominated by the fire element are hot in nature, medium size builds, moderate muscle tone, many freckles with a tendency toward rashes or acne, burn easily in the sun, sensitive to heat and humidity. Extremities are warm with good circulation.

Their bodily functions are prone to inflammation of muscle & tissues, Robust, healthy appetite and they got the best digestion of all the three doshas. Sleep cycles are light but moderately good sleep.

Pitta is related to fire (“that which cooks”) the energy of digestion and metabolism in the body regulates endocrine, metabolic and digestive systems. It governs all processes related to transformation throughout the mind and body.

The pitta dosha benefits from cooling activities i.e. cold showers, cool-down stretching exercises and walking next to a body of water. Foods that are hot spicy should be reduced or avoided, beverages like fruit juices and coconut water have a cooling effect. The main locations of Pitta in the body are the small intestine, stomach, liver, spleen, pancreas, blood, eyes, and sweat. Key Words to Remember: Cooling, Calming, Moderation

Kapha Dosha — Water + Earth

Individuals of a Kapha nature have a predominance of water, which is shown in their full, soft features and thick, cool, moist skin. Have a stocky build, large frame, well-developed chest. If they don't exercise regularly they have a tendency to be gain weight/be overweight. Thick soft, oily hair that is often wavy and plentiful. Intolerant of cold, damp environments.

Their bodily functions have a tendency towards, colds, congestion, and allergies. Their metabolism tends to be slow, steady appetite, and minimal urination. Kaphas are heavy sleepers, but sometimes they like to sleep too much.

Kapha is linked to the elements of water (“that which sticks”) it’s stabilizing energy thought to supply water to the body and maintain the immune system. Kapha moistens food, lubricates joints, and relates to cool bodily fluids such as water, mucous, and lymph.

For those with Kapha imbalance exercise, meditation, and breath-work are essential. They should reduce/avoid oily foods and heavy dense carbs like pasta and rice. Alternatively, go for fresh fruit and veggies. The main locations of Kapha in the body are the chest, throat, lungs, head, lymph, fatty tissue, connective tissue, ligaments, and tendons. Keywords to remember: Drying, Stimulating, and Expression

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