Ayurveda teaches us how to live synergistically with the environment around us. That means we have to allow ourself to tune in with the season, time of the day, the climate etc. 

Let me start with the creations in the universe. The entire cosmos has five major elements or energies. These are-

 

  1. Ether ~ Akaash

  2. Air ~ Vaayu

  3. Fire ~ Agni

  4. Water ~ Jal or Aap

  5. Earth ~ Prithvi


 

Each of us are a microcosm of this macrocosmos. So, these elements are also present in us in various forms and locations. However, we may have one more two of these elements dominating the other elements. Ayurveda believes that each of us are unique and we have an individual bioenergy in us called Dosha. We are all born with a biological composition that is called your prakruti, but as we grow and get influenced with the diet, lifestyle, people that surround us, our body type tends to change or go out of balance. That is your vikruti. 

The three doshas (Ayurvedic body types) are

 

  1. Vata Dosha

  2. Pitta Dosha

  3. Kapha Dosha

 

  1. Vata = Ether+Air

  2. Pitta = Fire+Water

  3. Kapha= Water+Earth
     

These compositions explain how each of these doshas are functionally and physically different from each other. 

Vata governs your creativity, your flow of energy. Since Vata dosha is a combination of space and air, these characteristics demand dryness in Vata and a spacey mind. Vata people are constant thinkers and often keep changing  their thoughts and actions, because of the wind quality in them, they keep switching from one action to another. 

Physical Characteristics of Vata:

Skinny

Petite

Dry skin

Thin frizzy hair

Brittle nails

Cold to touch

Sensitive to cold

 

Mental and emotional characteristics of Vata:

 

Talkative

Creative

Friendly

Deep thinkers

Multitaskers

Dreams of falling from a height or left in a lone empty place

Anxious

Worried

Indecisive

 

Best Professions for Vata:

 

Performing arts

Creative arts

Hosts of talk shows

Musicians

Teachers

Marketing

Event management

Actors

Scientists








 

Pitta is responsible for digestion and transformation. Since pitta is composed of Fire and water, these people have a lot of heat and oil in them. This heat can be manifested as anger or excessive heat in their body.  They are very determined and shrewd thinkers. They are intellectual and highly passionate. The fire in them drives them to be ambitious

 

Physical Characteristics of Pitta Dosha people

 

They are moderate build

Muscular build

Physically fit

Oily skin

Oily hair. The heat and excessive oil starts premature hair loss or hair greying

Hot to touch

They sweat a lot

They are great speakers and leaders

 

Mental and emotional characteristics:

Thoughtful and Firm

Intellectual

Angry

Feisty

Jealous

Judgmental

Straightforward

Dreams about war, violence, Blood, Killing someone

 

Best Careers:

Corporate Leaders

Spiritual leaders

Politicians

Lawyers

Sales

Mathematicians/Scientists


 

Kapha is responsible for structure, stability, and helps the lubrication throughout your body. Kapha dosha is dominant with Water and earth. While water is nourishing, earth adds bulk and stability. Kapha people tend to be on the obese side of the scale. The water and earth form mucous, so these people can have excessive congestion and upper respiratory disorders

 

Physical Characteristics of Kapha dosha people

 

Soft, beautifully smooth skin

Cool and Moist

Bulky

Thick, oily, curly hair

Big eyes

Wetness and mucousy

Pleasant features


 

Mental and emotional characteristics

 

Caring

Loving

Great Listeners

Lethargic

Procrastinators

Sleepy most of the time

Sedentary

Greedy


 

Good careers for Kapha:

 

Doctors

 Nurses

Counsellors

Teachers

Caretakers

They thrive well with monotonous jobs with very less physical exertion something like a desk job

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