Find Your Body Type- A Comprehensive Guide to Vata, Pitta& Kapha

Despite their popularity, very few people know what Vata, Pitta, and Kapha actully mean. In this video, we are going to take a look at the the real meaning of Vata, Pitta and Kapha, with the help of shlokas from one of the main ayurvedic textbooks, Ashtanga Hridayam.

Dec 19, 2023 - 13:25
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Ayurveda, the ancient Indian system of medicine, emphasizes understanding your unique body type or Prakruti. This understanding is based on the three doshas, which are Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. Each dosha is made up of different elements and governs various physical, mental, and emotional characteristics.

Vata Dosha

    • Elements: Air and space
    • Physical characteristics: Thin and lean build, dry skin and hair, quick movements, irregular digestion
    • Mental and emotional characteristics: Creative, enthusiastic, energetic, anxious, scattered, fearful

Pitta Dosha

    • Elements: Fire and water
    • Physical characteristics: Medium build, oily skin and hair, sharp features, strong digestion
    • Mental and emotional characteristics: Ambitious, intelligent, driven, impatient, critical, easily angered

Kapha Dosha

    • Elements: Earth and water
    • Physical characteristics: Thick and sturdy build, oily skin and hair, thick bones and joints, slow digestion
    • Mental and emotional characteristics: Calm, patient, loving, possessive, stubborn, lazy

Determining Your Dosha

There are many ways to determine your dominant dosha, including online quizzes, consultations with Ayurvedic practitioners, and self-assessment based on the characteristics listed above. It is important to remember that most people have a combination of all three doshas, but one or two will usually be more prominent.

Understanding Your Dosha

Once you know your dominant dosha, you can use this knowledge to personalize your diet, exercise, and lifestyle habits to maintain balance and well-being. For example, a Vata person might benefit from eating warming foods and practicing grounding activities like yoga, while a Pitta person might do better with cooling foods and activities that promote relaxation.

Here are some additional tips for living in harmony with your dosha:

  • Eat a balanced diet that is appropriate for your dosha.
  • Get regular exercise that is challenging but not too strenuous.
  • Get enough sleep.
  • Practice relaxation techniques such as yoga or meditation.
  • Avoid triggers that could imbalance your dosha.

By understanding your dosha and taking steps to balance it, you can improve your overall health and well-being.

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