According to Ayurveda, being healthy does not mean absence of disease. The wisdom of this Science of Life (Ayurveda) says for an individual to be called “healthy” it needs to take into account each and every individual’s unique personality, habits, and emotions. Who we are- our unique personality and our mental and physical characteristics make us totally special and unique. To the trained Ayurveda practitioner “who we are” can be read like a “blueprint” to lead us to good health and vitality.
What is this blueprint made up of?
Those who practice Ayurveda believe every person is made of five basic elements found in the universe: space, air, fire, water, and earth.
These combine in the human body to form three life forces or energies, called doshas. They control how your body works. They are Vata, Pitta and Kapha.
Each one of us is made up of the combination of these three Doshas. Most of us have one or two doshas to be dominant, with third one to be passive. This makes up our unique blueprint or prakriti (constitution) in accordance with Ayurvedic principles. Each Dosha controls a different body function. It’s believed that your chances of getting sick- and the health issues you develop- are linked to the balance (or imbalance) of your Doshas.
Ayurveda states that there are three Doshas: Vata, Pitta and Kapha. The Doshas are your body type, which includes your metabolic constitution, your personality, and your physical characteristics. By understanding what makes us unique, we can make better decisions as to how they relate to our diet, lifestyle, and mental health.
The Doshas are found throughout the human body and mind. They govern all physical and mental process and provide every living being with an individual blueprint for health and fulfilment.
The Doshas derive from the Five Elements and their related properties.
Vata is composed of Space and Air and is said to have all of the features listed below:
Pitta of Fire and Water and is said to have all of the features listed below:
Kapha of Earth and Water and is said to have all of the features listed below:
So, I bet you are now dying to find out what Dosha you are! There are many online tests out there that can give you an idea of what your Dosha is but for those really serious (or simply curious) about Ayurveda, I recommend seeing an Ayurvedic practitioner.
For those who wish to take an online quiz to determine their Dosha/s I recommend: https://www.banyanbotanicals.com/info/prakriti-quiz/
Once you have figured out your constitution you can see which one/s (if any) of your Doshas are out of balance by clicking on the following link:
Enjoy learning more about yourself!
P.S. If you’d like to read my first blog in this series of posts, please click on the following link: My Ayurvedic Journey.