There are over seven billion people on this earth, each with their individual qualities and attributes. But, why are some of them active, whereas, the others are lazier? Why are some of them blessed with an amazing metabolism, whereas, the others are overweight? The answer: Ayurvedic Doshas.
Our physical world is made up of five elements, viz. Space, Air, fire, Water and Earth – a pentad, that gives birth to the triad of Ayurvedic Doshas – Vata, Pitta and Kapha.
Each dosha is a combination of two elements from the pentad, and differs in personality.
When the doshas are in balance, they each perform functions that are imperative to the health of the body and mind. However, when they are imbalanced, they turn into promoters of diseases.
Understanding your Ayurvedic doshas can help you pave your way to a healthy body and mind. Let’s dig deeper into the nature of each of these doshas.
Composed of Space and Air, you can recognise this dosha by the qualities of dryness, roughness, and lightness in a person’s nature. Vita’s main playground is the nervous system, which makes it the leader of all movement across cellular movements.
If your Vita dosha is balanced, you’re more likely to enjoy a flexible body, speed, and prominent joints. If unbalanced, you’ll experience fear, anxiety, and physical issues such as cracking joints, nervous system disorders and dry skin.
How to balance: Make lifestyle choices that pertain to stability. Keep a physically, mentally, and emotionally nourished body and mind, and get into a routine workout or hobby that keep your daily life stable and grounded.
Composed of Water and Fire elements, Pita dosha is found in the body in the form of liquids, enzymes, acids and hormones. Pita governs your digestion and metabolism, and promotes high intelligence and understanding on all levels.
When imbalanced, it can lead to anger, aggression, inflammatory diseases, and liver diseases. As is obvious from the description, people with a strong Pitta dosha must learn how to keep their cool.
How to balance: Find outlets that allow you to release the stress and anger from time to time. Take up physical activities that let you take out the angst, and seek an environment that is calming and composed.
Also known as the most stable of three doshas, Kapha is composed of Water and Earth elements. Found in the body’s structural components such as bones and muscles, Kapha’s key elements – Water and Earth – lend the dosha the ability to keep your body hydrated, nourished and immune, along with the qualities of cool, slow, liquid, dense, static, and hard.
When balanced, Kapha promotes an even temper, calmness and compassion in your life. When imbalanced, your body is likely to experience weight gain, greed, possessiveness, and a stuck sense of being.
How to balance: It is important for a Kapha person to keep moving in life – both physically and mentally. Seek environments that promote energy, and take you out of the sedentary lifestyle you’ve created for yourself.
Understanding your Ayurvedic doshas can give you a new outlook towards your life and give it a whole new meaning. You don’t need to go out of your way – simply make some minute changes in your daily life, and pave the way to a healthy body and mind.