Ayurveda has been practiced in India for the last 5000 years. It is an ancient way of interpreting all things on Earth, through three types of energetic dosha. These doshas combine the five different elements – air, fire, water, space, earth.
- Vata energy combines air and space, best represented as light, clear, dry, cold manifestations.
- Pitta energy combines fire and water – it is hot, volatile, mobile, liquid, penetrating.
- Kapha energy is water and earth – it is dense, heavy, stationary, dull, oily.
These three doshas can be seen in everything around us, but nothing would be attributed with just one dosha – there are elements of all the energy types in each individual object or person. A human being may have majority kapha energy, but it does not mean they do not possess pitta or vata energies as well. Ayurveda, and its teachings for a healthy life, require a balance of these energies, whereby we work to ensure that there is no one prevalent dosha.
The Vata Type
Someone who is predominantly Vata will tend to be fast, creative and somewhat “flighty”. Their body tends to be slender, with dry skin, small lips and dark eyes. They will often dislike cold weather, be prone to anxiety and depression. Vata is generally associated with movement, so all the motions of the body – chewing, breathing, muscle movement and elimination.
The Pitta Type
A Pitta type may have an assertive, fiery character; a medium build with rosey complexion and large appetite; warm body temperature and a disposition to sweat. They tend to be intelligent with a clear memory, but can also be jealous and sexually passionate. Pitta is associated with transformation, so all the sytems in the body –digestion, perception, temperature control and metabolism.
The Kapha Type
Kapha types tend to be of a larger frame, with pale complexion and full lips. They prefer the familiar, routine and can be passive; requiring long periods of deep sleep. They have good endurance and stamina; food and security are often important. It is associated with structure, so is linked to the skeleton, organs and fatty molecules making up the body’s form.
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