Today I found out about my Dosha. A dosha, according to Ayurveda, is one of three bodily Bioelements that make up one’s constitution. The three bioelements are always fluctuating in the body. They are highly unstable and can change with day and night, and with food. Most individuals have a dominant Dosha and to keep yourself balanced it is good to know your Dosha. According to the theory of Ayurvedic medicine, health exists when there is a balance between three fundamental bodily bioelements or doshas called Vata, Pitta and Kapha. These doshas derive from the five elements of nature being: Space, Air, Fire, Water and Earth. The Doshas represent movement, transformation, and structure. Movement is also known in Sanskrit as Vata (Wind). Transformation is known as Pitta (Fire) and structure is translated into Sanskrit as Kapha (Earth).
These forces are responsible for the characteristics of body and mind. And just like everyone has a unique fingerprint, each person has a unique pattern of energy that shapes his or her nature. This constitution is determined at conception by various factors and remains the same throughout life. And although each person has all three energies present in their system, we all have one or two forces that tend to be more predominant.
VATA | PITTA | KAPHA
- Vata (airy element): It is characterised by properties of dry, cold, light, minute, and movement. All movement in the body is due to property of vata. If Vata is dominant in your system, you are most likely thin, light, enthusiastic, energetic, and changeable.
- Pitta (fiery element): It is characterised by hotness, moist, liquid, sharp and sour, its chief quality is heat. It is the energy principle which uses bile to direct digestion and enhance metabolism. It is primarily characterised by body heat or burning sensation and redness. If Pitta predominates in your nature, you tend to be intelligent, tense focused on reaching your goals and you probably feel enthusiasm towards life.
- Kapha (watery element): it is characterised by heaviness, cold ,tenderness, softness, slowness, lubrication, and the carrier of nutrients. It is nourishing element of the body. All the soft organs are made by kapha, it plays an important role in taste perception, Joint nourishment and lubrication. When Kapha prevails, we tend to be easy-going, methodical, and nurturing.
For each form of energy there is a positive (outperforming) and negative (underperforming) nature. When Vata is balanced, a person is lively and creative, on the contrary when there is an excess of Vata or movement in your system, you tend to experience anxiety, insomnia, constipation, dry skin and your mind focuses with difficulty.
When Pitta is perfectly balanced a person is warm, friendly, disciplined, an initiator, leader, and a good speaker. When Pitta is out of balance, a person tends to be compulsive and irritable and may suffer from indigestion or inflammatory illness. When Kapha is balanced, a person is sweet, supportive, yet out of balance, a person may experience sluggishness, weight gain, and sinus congestion.
Find out what your DOSHA is? Follow this link: Find your DOSHA