Ayurveda is a healthy-lifestyle system that has been used for more than 5000 years in India. It is holistic, so it views the body and mind as a whole and emphasizes good health, prevention and treatment of illness with nutrition, herbal remedies and exercise.
We each have an individual body type requiring it’s own diet, lifestyle practices and herbal medicines. According to Ayurveda, these have a powerful impact on our body i.e Whatever you eat, it’s reflected on your body .
If you and I had a simple headache, the doctor would probably prescribe the same headache tablet to both of us. In Ayurveda, different medicines are given to different patients suffering from same disease. So, before starting any treatment, first you should understand your body and also understand where the imbalance is.
According to Ayurveda, we each have a unique combination and by establishing your dosha you can determine suitable diets, exercise and lifestyles to maintain a healthy balance. Ayurveda stresses a balance of three energies or doshas: Vata (Air), Pitta (Fire) and Kapha (Water) important for health, because when they are in balanced state, the body is healthy, and when imbalanced, the body has disease.
How to Better Understand Ayurveda Body Types
Talking about the doshas, Dr. Nancy Lonsdorf – an Ayurveda physician puts it like this: “If we were talking about your car, Vata would be the electrical system, Pitta would be the combustion process, and Kapha would be the chassis.”. Dr. John Douillard speaks about the three doshas in terms of seasons… According to him, you can be a “winter” (Vata), “summer” (Pitta), or “spring” (Kapha) type.
Comparison of the 3 Doshas – What’s Your Ayurvedic Body Type?
Each dosha has it’s own set of unique characteristics and they influence the physiology and mental nature of you and everyone you know.
|Vata (Air)||Pita (Fire)||Kapha (Water/Earth)|
|Build||Thin, little muscle development, protruding joints||moderately well-developed physique with muscular limbs||thick, broad, well-developed frame and large, long limbs.|
|Skin||dry, rough and thin with visible veins||fair, soft, warm, tends to burn easily in the sun – has freckles, moles, tendency to rashes||Usually thick, oily, pale or white and cold.|
|Temperament||artistic and creative with a good imagination||Intellectual, alert, focused mind, they can take decisions and organize||calm, steady, and considerate, patient and slow to anger. Excellent in logical analysis, they take time before reaching conclusions|
|When Dosha is Balanced||fun, vibrant, lively, and expressive personality||self-confident, goal-oriented, efficient, focused, with good problem-solving skills and a sharp wit||Excellent health, are caring, easygoing, self-sufficient, methodical, reliable and non-judgmental.|
|When Dosha is out of Balance||increased worrying, impulsiveness, inability to make decisions, depression, insomnia, headaches and fatigue||heartburn, ulcers, insomnia, vision problems, anger, stubbornness, aggressiveness, sarcasm, absolutism, being judgmental and criticizing others.||easy weight gain, water retention, mucus build-up (in the sinuses, lungs & colon), prolonged sleep, depression, apathy, procrastination, possessiveness, rigidity, inflexibility|
Why discover your dosha?
Understanding the doshas means understanding yourself. Knowledge of your main dosha type can give you vital clues on what to eat and how to live to stay healthy and happy.
The science of the doshas honours your individuality, it will help you support your true nature, better understand your children, and partners and reveal simple lifestyle measures that can keep you and your family running harmoniously.
You should know that if 2 of the 3 energies are equally strong in your constitution, then you are a double-dosha type. The 2 doshas manifest themselves individually, one at a time. In rare cases all 3 energies are equally present – if that’s your case, you are a tridosha type.
Curious and want to know more?
If you’d like to know a bit more about:-
- Your dosha or your unique constitution.
- How you can use Ayurveda to gain balance, better health and ultimately longevity
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