According to Ayurvedic medicine, which can be literally translated as Life Science (Ayur = Life, Veda = Science), is that all living things are made up of 5 elements– even people. The 5 elements being Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Space (or Ether) are considered the building blocks of life. This ancient system of medicine refers to your Dosha as being a unique physical and mental constitution that influences your well-being. Understanding your dosha can help you maintain your balance, stay in good health and help your peace of mind.
So what is a dosha?
Your dosha is literally your mind-body type that is composed of the 5 elements. Each person has their own dominant dosha or a combination of 2 or 3 of these elemental forces. There are three unique doshas and in whatever proportion they appear is what makes each of us unique.
Vata – Air Element – Vata people typically have the properties of being cold, dry, light, moving, quick and changeable. They are full of energy and very creative. They love excitement, new experiences and change. Physically, they have a lean body and dry skin. When they are out of balance, they are worrisome and anxious.
Pitta – Fire Element –Pitta people typically have the properties of being hot, intense, direct, sharp-witted and outspoken. They have a powerful intellect and strong ability to concentrate. Physically, they are usually of medium size, medium weight and warm body temperature. When they are out of balance, they can be short-tempered and argumentative.
Kapha – Earth and Water Elements – Kapha people typically have the properties of being calm, thoughtful and smooth. They have the great ability to enjoy life and are comfortable with routine. Physically, they have a strong build, radiant skin and thick hair. When they are out of balance, they tend to become overweight, sleep excessively and are resistant to change.
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Understanding your dosha is key to understanding yourself better. Your dosha gives you an idea for what you should eat to stay balanced, how you should respond to changes such as weather, conditions and stresses. Once we learn more about our constitutions, we can understand better what causes certain reactions and tendencies and what we can do about them. Whatever habits we may be accustomed to, if we do not try to maintain balance within ourselves, this could ultimately lead to the beginnings of disease. Therefore, understanding our elemental make-up will make it easier for us to balance ourselves and lead a healthy life. <3