Which Ayurvedic dosha are you?

 -By Melanie Fleming

You may be wondering what dosha even means. Well, in Ayurvedic belief there are
three doshas that the human body is believed to be made up of, commonly referred
to as:

Vata – The energy of movement
Pitta – The energy of digestion & metabolism
Kapha – The energy of fluids & structure.

Ayurvedic philosophy believes that the entire cosmos is an interplay of the 5 great
elements – space, air, fire, water and earth; and the three doshas are permutations
of these elements. However, there are usually one or two doshas that dominate in
each person and as you may already know, Ayurdeva focuses on maintaining
balance in the bodily system and therefore, the dominance of one or two doshas can create an imbalance and lead to poor health ailments.

Put simply, Ayurveda is the practical science of life, or, in India it is often referred to as “Mother of all Healing”. It places great emphasis on prevention rather than cure; and encourages the maintenance of overall health through the balance of one’s lifestyle, thinking and diet. Maintaining balance becomes easier when knowing which dosha is predominantly you.

Whilst we are all born with our own unique combination of doshas, these energies
are continuously changing throughout life and can affect our energy levels and
overall health.
To alleviate the imbalance and return one’s mind, body and soul to a balanced state of being, Ayurdevda looks to diet, yoga, breath and herbal treatments to maintain a state of equilibrium between the three doshas.

The first trick is to identify which dosha or doshas are most dominant in you.

The Vata dosha consists mostly of the two elements; air and space (also known as ether) and is generally described as cold, light, dry, rough, flowing, and spacious.
Autumn represents vata for its cool, crisp days. Those with the vata dosha are usually described as tall, slender, energetic and creative people that are quick to learn, but also quick to forget. They have a tendency to have cold hands and feet and feel discomfort in cold climates. They are lively, fun personalities with changeable moods and irregular daily routines. They tend to have high energy in short bursts and to tire easily. When in balance, they are
full of joy and enthusiasm. Nevertheless, people that are the vata dosha tend to
respond to stress with fear and anxiety, with racing disjointed thoughts.
According to Ayurveda, a person with the Vata dosha should aim to have a daily
routine, meditate regularly to help maintain their stress levels; and consume warm
food and drink to maintain a comfortable body temperature. The best tea to aid in
maintaining a healthy temperature and relieve stress levels is the Vata Herbal Tea,
which is a combination of Green Tea, Lemongrass, Lemon Peel, Fennel, Cinnamon, Green Cardamom, Cardamom Grains, Cloves, Ginger and Bay
The Pitta dosha is based on the elements fire and water. Pitta is renowned for being associated with a tenacious personality and is commonly described as hot, light, sharp, oily, liquid and mobile. Summer is known as the pitta season for its sunny, hot days.
Pitta people are said to be of a medium, well-built physique with a sharp mind and
the ability to concentrate. They are orderly and focused, as well as assertive and
self-confident, allowing them to be assertive and demanding, and therefore good
leaders. Those with the Pitta dosha are also known to be competitive and enjoy a
challenge. They are romantic and passionate people. However, when stressed, pitta become very irritated and angry and sometimes authoritarian.
Pitta are generally known to have fair or reddish skin and experience discomfort in
the sun or hot weather. Pitta can suffer from physical ailments when out of balance, such as rashes, inflammation, acne, boils, heartburn, dry or burning eyes, and in some cases, insomnia. To assist with such discomforts, the Pitta Herbal Tea is a combination of Green Tea, Saffron, Fennel, Cinnamon, Green Cardamom, Cardamom Grains, Clove, Ginger and Mint.

The elements present in the Kapha dosha are earth and water. This dosha can be
described as easy going, affectionate and loving with a forgiving and compassionate character. They are generally non-judgemental and very reliable by nature. Spring is known for the kapha season as most beings exit hibernation at a slow and steady pace.
Kapha people are known to be strong and sturdy with a heavier build, with large soft eyes and a low soft voice. They are generally very calm people that are not easily upset. They tend to be a good support system for others around them. While they may take longer to learn, they have great long-term memories; and when they do speak, it is not before reflecting with a deliberate thought process.

People with the Kapha dosha tend to be prone to being overweight and have a
sluggish digestion system. They can be prone to depression despite their calm
demeanour and have a tendency to be possessive and hold on to things. Physical
ailments can include colds and congestion, sinus headaches, respiratory problems including asthma, allergies and atherosclerosis. A great herbal remedy to assist with such conditions is the Kapha Herbal Tea, which consists of Green Tea, Cinnamon, Cloves, Ginger, Black Pepper and Fennel.
Gaining an insight to which dosha is most present in your body, will enable you to take the right course of action to maintain balance in your daily life. 

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