Ayurvedic teaching tells us that we are each made up of three doshas. This is the balance of energy throughout our being. When our doshas are out of balance, we can experience anything from general unease to full-blown chronic disorders. Our balance can be restored by knowing what suits us best and this is found by discovering what your dosha makeup is. We each have a mixture of all three, A primary, secondary and tertiary.
VATA – Air and Ether (Space)
Energy that controls bodily functions associated with motion, including blood circulation, breathing, blinking, and your heartbeat.
- In balance: There is creativity and vitality.
- Out of balance: Can produce fear and anxiety
- Light body weight
- Talk & walk quickly
- Creative and imaginative
Autumn and early winter (or when it is cold and windy)
PITTA – Fire and Water
Energy that controls the body’s metabolic systems, including digestion, absorption, nutrition, and your body’s temperature.
- In balance: Leads to contentment and intelligence.
- Out of balance: Can cause ulcers and anger.
- Sharp, intelligent mind
- Bright, colorful eyes
- Rosy cheeks
Late spring through summer (or when it is hot)
KAPHA – Water and Earth
Energy that controls growth in the body. It supplies water to all body parts, moisturises the skin, and maintains the immune system.
- In balance: Expressed as love and forgiveness.
- Out of balance: Can lead to insecurity and envy.
- Heavier, likes comfort and food.
- Steady, calm, healthy, strong
- Sweet, loving, kind, loyal, supportive
Late winter through early spring (or when it is cold and wet)
Too Much of a good thing
Whilst is may seem that an increase in whichever dosha you are predominant in is of benefit, this will throw you out of balance.
Imagine three jugs filled with liquid to different levels. These levels represent your three doshas in perfect balance. The first jug is VATA the second PITTA and the third is KAPHA. It is late Autumn, dry and windy, and your VATA dosha is up, as a result you would be deficient in KAPHA and PITTA to a more or lesser degree. This would create an imbalance and you would want to get the oils out or enjoy a warm bath in order to increase KAPHA and PITTA thus lowering VATA.
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The dosha system helps give you a framework when making day-to-day choices. Not only with regards to what you eat, although that is a big part of it, but also the need, or not, to moisturise or keep certain areas of your body warm. Spending time near the ocean or buried in a forest. Anything can help bring balance to your energies and equally anything can cause them to unbalance.
Enjoy the discovery.
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