Exploring the doshas

 

Learn more about the three dynamic forces known as Vata, Pitta, Kapha; their qualities, how they show when balanced or imbalanced, and how to restore balance to your unique mind-body type.

 

DISCOVER YOUR DOSHA

Your unique mind-body type 

 

Once you have completed the mind-body type survey, you will have gained insights as to your dosha according to Ayurveda

From your results you might have discovered that your have one dosha that clearly dominates your constitutions, in which case you are Vata, Pitta or Kapha.

Many people discover that they have two doshas that are prevalent in which case you are bi-doshic – Vata/ Pitta, Vata/ Kapha or Pitta/Kapha.

Occasionally, the results show equal amounts of Vata, Pitta and Kapha in which case you are tri-doshic. While this is possible, it is very rare.

Just as different types of plants require different types of care to flourish, so too your mind-body type can flourish or flounder depending on many different factors such as lifestyle, diet, environment, stress and so on. 

The important thing to keep in mind is that the aim of Ayurveda is not to have equal amounts of each doshas, but rather to be balanced in your own nature. The Sanskrit word Ayurveda translates to “knowledge of life.” And by this, we really mean knowing how to create balance and harmony within ourselves and our life.

Below you can find more information about each dosha, including their qualities, how they show up when they are balanced and imbalanced. You can also find tips to help you maintain or restore balance based on your unique mind-body type.

 

 

 

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Exploring the doshas

Principle of Movement

Qualities

Cold, light, dry, changeable, irregular, rough and quick

In Balance

Vata types are energetic, creative, adaptable and sociable people. They welcome new experiences, resist routine but show initiative

Out of Balance

Vata types tend towards mental agitation, anxiety, worry, inconsistency, insomnia, delicate digestion and constipation

Nutrition and lifestyle tips

Favour sweet, salty, slightly spicy and sour tastes

Eat at least 3 meals a day – favouring warm, cooked, easy to digest foods

Create a grounding, consistent routine so you don’t get carried away in the ethers

Avoid cold, windy weather and excess stimulation

Practice slow yoga and meditation to ease the nervous system

 

 

Principle of transformation

Qualities

Hot, light, penetrating, intense, pungent, sharp and acidic

In Balance

Pitta types are passionate, bright, warm, precise, courageous, discriminating, good decision makers and leaders

Out of Balance

Pitta types tend towards anger, irritability, being excessively critical or harsh, judgmental, aggressive or intimidating

Nutrition and lifestyle tips

Favour sweet, bitter and astringent tastes

Eat cooler foods and liquids – Pittas have a stronger digestive fire and can digest heavier meals and raw foods

Avoid coffee, alcohol, spicy, acidic and salty foods

Practice moderate exercise and movement that is more self reflective and soothing

Meditate to cultivate calm and inner harmony

Principle of nourishment

Qualities

Cold, heavy, solid, stable, smooth, slow and steady

In Balance

Kapha types are easy going, patient, thoughtful, stable, content, loving, supportive, consistent and loyal

Out of Balance

Kapha types tend towards dullness, inertia, being needy, attached, congested, over weight or lazy

Nutrition and lifestyle tips

Favour spicy, bitter and astringent tastes

Eat small portions of light, dry, warm foods

Limit dairy products, dried fruits, nuts and salt

Stay warm and avoiding cold, damp conditions

Practice stimulating exercise or movement such as cardio, yoga flow

Meditate to refresh your mind and awaken new possibilities

 

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