What Is A Dosha?
Ayurvedic Doshas (Vata, Kapha, Pitta)
Each and every person has a combination of these doshas and in most
The Vata Dosha has qualities that are: dry, cold, rough and changeable (there are many more). Air is Vata as it moves through the trees and is constantly changing in direction and speed. It can chap our skin and create dryness as well as bring a sense of coolness
Vata Qualities: dry, cold, rough, changeable
Kapha is heavy, sweet, unctuous, steady, wet, etc. Kapha gives rise to our beloved desserts, heavy and sweet. If you add olive oil and avocados to your Vata salad you would be adding Kaphic qualities. A Kapha body-type is sturdy and large. Think of
Kapha Qualities: heavy, sweet, unctuous, steady, wet
Lastly, Pitta is hot, intense, pungent, sharp, etc. These show up in hot chilies, garlic, ginger
Pitta Qualities: hot, intense, pungent, sharp
Knowing your Dosha is half of the equation. The other half is understanding that separately, one or more of the three Doshas can be out of balance and cause dis-ease. For example, someone with a Pitta-Kapha Dosha could have a Vata imbalance.
The qualities of the vitiated Dosha(s) give the practitioner a vivid picture of the healing that needs to take place. Having this information allows Ayurvedic practitioners to focus
There is another important piece of information. When working to heal your imbalance, you want to correct with the opposite qualities you currently
The following are examples for an Ayurvedic approach on digestion:
• If your digestions
• If Kapha is the culprit, a lighter diet with dry, warm foods and drinks are the best; Reach for foods with predominantly pungent, bitter, and astringent qualities.
• If your digestion has a pitta imbalance, go for cooler foods and drinks; Sweet, bitter, and astringent tastes are what you need.
It is very important to note here that online forms to determine Doshas and imbalances may lead you off-course. Because of the mass amount of information available at your fingertips, it is imperative that you speak to a certified Ayurvedic practitioner to accurately diagnose imbalance.
Being able to correctly identify and interact with the qualities around you will exponentially aid in your journey to balanced health. The word Balance is used here because we are always working towards a harmonious approach to our health and the busy lives we live.
Living an Ayurvedic
It is because of the in-depth understanding of the body, mind, and spirit that people are turning to Ayurveda as their healing method. Ayurvedic consultations are comprehensive and each diagnosis is carefully and thoughtfully made.
The sole purpose of this article is to provide information about the tradition of Ayurveda. This information is not intended for use in the diagnosis, treatment, cure or prevention of any disease. If you have any serious acute or chronic health concern, please consult a trained health professional who can fully assess your needs and address them effectively. If you are seeking the advice of a trained ayurvedic expert, please connect with me. Check with your doctor before taking herbs or using essential oils when pregnant or nursing.