My Doshas

I’ve started to write this post in January but somehow life happened and I couldn’t continue to write. I leave the post just like I started back then.

Wasn’t it a sign from the Universe or not? 

After I posted here my Habit Tracker post, I decided to listen to a podcast. It’s one of my new year’s resolutions; listen more podcasts. So I decided to look for a one: The only thing that is holding you back by Sahara Rose. While I was listening I wanted to browse her other podcasts and saw her latests. “New Year Resolutions for Kaphas, for Pittas, for Vatas. Kapha, Pitta, Vata? It was the first time I heard those words and I wanted to check them out. So it begins…

Ayurveda” is not an unfamiliar word for me. I did a research about Ayurvedic medicine years ago when I first came across with oil pulling and dry brushing. But to make things easy let’s talk about a little bit of Ayurveda first.

Ayur” means life, “veda” mean knowledge. It is first discovered in India 5000 years ago. It’s an ancient system to maintain health of a person by keeping the individual’s body, mind, and spirit in perfect balance with nature. It has 8 branches but I will not write about in detail. But you should know it’s the sister science of yoga.

So what does Dosha mean?

Ayurveda is based on the 5 elements of nature: Fire, water, earth, air and space (spirit). So like nature, Ayurveda philosophy says we all experince these 5 elements in our bodies. And those five elements make these three Doshas: Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Dosha means energy in Ayurveda and these 3 doshas circulate in the body and govern physiological activity. We are all of three. It means we all carry these 3 energies BUT the proportions are different from one to another which means the amounts varies from person to person. Most people are dominant in two of the doshas. It’s rare to be a “Tridoshic“. By determining your dosha, you can bring the perfect balance of the three life force energies within your body, for a greater physical, spiritual and psychological health. When your doshas are unbalanced, it would cause a disposition to physical and mental disorders. 

Vata, Pitta, Kapha?

Vata dosha is formed when prana mixes with the elements air and space. Vata governs all movement. The qualities of Vata are light, dry. airy, quick, and cold. Vata people usually have asymmetrical features. When Vata people are in balance, they are creative and easily adaptable. They have a great way with words. When Vata people are out of balance, this leads to fear and anxiety.

Pitta dosha is made up of the elements fire and water. Pitta governs digestion, nutrition, metabolism and body temperature. The qualities of Pitta are hot, sour, pungent, sharp and acidic. Pitta people have strong digestion. Their build is athletic. When Pittas are in balance, they are intelligent, cerebral and sharp. When out of balance, they are hot and easily angered. Pittas tend toward rashes.

Kapha dosha which is the flesh body or the mucus body and is made up of the elements earth and water. Kapha is our bones, muscles, teeth and everything dense in our bodies. The qualities of Kapha are slow, steady, heavy, oily, and cold. When Kapha people are in balance, they are loving, nurturing and grounded. When out of balance, they are needy, melancholy and heavy in body and mind.

So… What is your Dosha Type?

There are Dosha quizes you can take like the one I took in Banyan Botanicals web site. Or you can take Sahara Rose’s Mind&Body Quiz which breaks down the percentage of each Dosha in your mind and in your body, giving you a deep understanding of your physiology and personality. With these tests, you can determine you Doshas and find your imbalances about your body. 

In the next part I’ll write about what I did, how I determined my doshas and about each dosha in detail. 

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