If you’re just diving into Ayurvedic medicine then you’re probably wondering what these doshas are all about. Put simply, your dosha is your life force or energy. There are three in total - Vata, Pitta, Kapha. Everyone has all three of them but we all have a dominant dosha that dictates our physical, mental and emotional behaviour.
When these are out of whack that’s when we get sick, so understanding your dosha is a great place to start if you’re looking to introduce a more holistic lifestyle. But first, you need to know exactly what dosha you are by taking our dosha quiz.
Once you know a little more about your mind and body type, you can then discover your unique combination, as well as a diet and lifestyle, and the key herbs and spices that suit it. Ready to meet the doshas in more detail?
Down to earth - Kapha Dosha
Kapha is the dosha that the rest of us all wish we had a little more of: cool, calm and collected with a steady temperament, luscious locks and smooth, glowy skin. But as Ayurveda teaches us, life is all about balance so Kaphas feel great when they introduce a little breeze and lightness that prevents their grounded nature from feeling a little too heavy. If you’re Kapha dominant, take a crisp morning walk, opt for light fragrances and eat lots of fresh, raw fruit and vegetables to balance heavy earth and water with light air.
Fired up - Pitta Dosha
Focused and fiery, Pitta is the dosha with all the drive and ambition. Pitta is naturally sporty, not only because of its competitive nature but also because they tend to have a strong, athletic build. However, in order to balance their dosha, Pitta should avoid adding more heat to its furnace. Choose light, loose fitting clothes and cooler climates to keep your body temperature at ease. As Pitta is also the driving force behind digestion, it’s best to avoid anything in excess and whatever you do don’t skip meals. Pitta is famous for bouts of ‘hangriness’!
Easy Breezy - Vata Dosha
Airy, creative and restless, dreamy Vata types are energetic and enthusiastic. Vata is usually slender-framed and very agile, with a quick wit to match. If you’re Vata dominant, you’ll enjoy long, luxurious oil massages - or just a few drops in a hot bath - to help your mind and body slow down and soothe skin that’s prone to feeling dry. Meditation and yoga will also help to calm your roaming thoughts and feed your body and mind. Don’t forget to fill your wardrobe with cosy knits and stick to hot, hearty meals - Vata feels the cold more than anyone.
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