Ayurveda Body Types

    The Three Doshas


    The three fundamental energies that shape our physical and mental makeup are Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. Discover how understanding your unique Ayurvedic dosha profile can unlock the secrets to harmonizing your body, mind, and spirit, guiding you toward a life of balance, vitality, and holistic wellness.


    (AIR & SPACE)


    In mythology, Lord Vayu is revered as the God of the winds. Influenced by space and air, Vata types embody curiosity, adaptability, and creativity. They are naturally active and communicative. Vata dosha individuals are quick to learn and act, often pursuing diverse hobbies and talents. When in balance, they radiate lightness, joy, and curiosity. However, imbalances may trigger anxiety and digestive disturbances.


    Vata types are influenced by Mercury, Saturn, and Rahu. Physically, Vata imbalances can lead to nervous-related disorders, anxiety, sleep disturbances, digestive issues, an irritable colon, or dehydration. Saturn’s influence extends to bone health, including conditions like osteoporosis and rheumatoid arthritis, spine problems, and dental issues. Mercury governs hormones, and skin, contributing to hormonal imbalances, dry skin prone to premature aging and wrinkles, as well as dry and brittle hair and nails.


    VATA types are sensitive souls and should always prioritize mental health and emotional well-being. Ayurveda’s personalized wellbeing plan includes nutrition recommendations, mindfulness practices, pranayama and emotional detox techniques. 


    (FIRE & WATER)


    Lord Agni is conceptualized in ancient Hindu texts to exist at three levels: on Earth as fire, in the atmosphere as lightning, and in the sky as the Sun. Digestive power, or digestive fire, is referred to as Agni. Pitta dosha typically has the strongest Agni, resulting in generally good digestion.


    Pittas exude charisma, focused energy, enthusiasm, and passion, which drive them to overcome obstacles and attain success. While they respect hierarchy and authority and can be strong leaders, they may also demonstrate traits of impulsivity, over-competitiveness, and ego-driven decision-making. When out of balance, Pitta dominant types experience impatience, agitation, relationship difficulties, a lack of tact in communication, and ego-related conflicts.


    Aligned with the characteristics of the Sun, Mars, and Ketu, Pitta dosha thrives on a strong Agni, promoting efficient digestion, robust muscles, and vitality. However, an excess of fire within the cardiovascular system might lead to an elevated heart rate, blood pressure, or pulse.

    Physically, an overabundance of Pitta energy can manifest as acidity, heartburn, increased body temperature, inflammation, and susceptibility to conditions like autoimmune disorders, arrhythmias, and ulcers.

    Pitta dosha balances with bitter, astringent, and sweet flavors known for their cooling qualities. Nurture Pitta mind-body balance through yoga, swimming, nature walks, art therapy, and Nadi Shodhana pranayama.





    Lord Varuna in Hindu mythology is known as the God of Oceans and Water. Kapha is responsible for structure and stability. It governs fluids, provides proper secretions, and cushions the nerves. Its connective nature also reflects its personality type. Kapha types are loving and devoted. They have a strong need to belong and are supportive partners and attentive friends.

    Kapha’s slow emotional response provides them with mental calm and stability. However, when off balance, they tend to become too attached to the people in their close circle, overprotective, or co-dependent. It is important to maintain balance to avoid feelings of lethargy, depression, and withdrawal.


    Kapha types are influenced by Venus and Jupiter. A positive placement of these planets enhances healing properties, stability, and protection. Conversely, when Venus and Jupiter are weak or under the influence of malefics, they can bring about passive energy and stagnation.


    When Kapha dosha is out of balance, it may experience stagnant energy. Practices like Bhastrika Pranayama, HIIT or cardio workouts, and a balanced diet including all six tastes can help restore equilibrium to Kapha’s energies.



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