Understanding Doshas: A Journey into Ayurvedic Wisdom

doshas in yoga

Ayurveda is a thoughtful amalgamation of five elements of either, Jal (water), Vayu (air), Agni (fire), Akash (sky), and Prithvi (earth). The distinct amalgamation of these constituents culminates in the doshas—the Vata, Pitta, and Kapha constitutions. 

In Ayurveda, the doshas govern psychological aspects like comprehension, love, and emotions as well as the formation, preservation, and disintegration of physical tissue and waste removal. The doshas sustain the body’s systems when they are in balance; imbalance results when one of the doshas rises as a result of particular dietary and lifestyle choices. 

In areas that have lost their equilibrium, Ayurveda can aid in restoring harmony. Navigate through the blog to understand the doshas of your life and how you should befriend the three doshas in your life, their attributes, and how the imbalance can hamper your day-to-day life. 

Befriending the Doshas in Your Life

Befriending the Doshas in Your Life

It’s critical to keep in mind that every one of us has both enduring problem areas and natural talents and skills. The doshas are an excellent tool for identifying and resolving any imbalances present in our systems as well as for comprehending both.

The doshas always help us see our own subtleties, direct us towards greater self-awareness, and teach us how to be there for others just when and where it counts most. Therefore, developing a relationship with each of the three doshas can truly change your general state of health and well-being. We would be delighted to help you start becoming friends with the doshas in your life. 

Understanding the Three Doshas

What are the three Ayurvedic doshas? If you have come across the topic this question must have arisen in your mind. To help you understand better these are the fundamental elements that control our mental and physical processes, and maintaining a balanced state of health is critical.

Vata Dosha

Do you frequently experience dry skin and hair or constipation? Do you frequently have agitation or disorientation when working on anything unexpectedly? If yes, you may have restless feet syndrome. Your Prakriti is hence “Vata,” with the Vata dosha predominating. It is composed of space and air. Because it regulates the other two doshas and its imbalance results in about 80 different forms of ailments, it is regarded as the primary dosha. 

It is dry, light, and cool in nature, and it controls all bodily and mental movements and functions, including breathing, blood flow, excretion, and mental movement. It facilitates the body’s easy circulation and lymphatic, and fluid flow. Vata can be interpreted as the force of nerves, the electromotor, physical activity, or the energy that drives motion. Vata’s movement even maintains the equilibrium between Pitta and Kapha.

It is characterised by its dry, chilly, light, and moving qualities. An imbalanced Vata Dosha is characterized by pain. A few ailments linked to an imbalanced Vata include rheumatism, gout, and flatulence. 

The essential characteristics or attributes to determine Vata Dosha are:

  • Vata bodies are typically slenderly constructed.
  • He or she struggles to put on weight and does not gain it readily.
  • Both their learning and forgetting processes are fast. Because of their wittiness, they can be described as clever, or astute.
  • They have a lot of energy and a lively zeal.
  • People with the vata dosha have dry, chilly hands and feet and are prone to feeling cold easily.
  • Their hair is tough to manage and is frizzy or unruly.
  • They have a fast metabolism and are endowed with a great metabolism. They must therefore eat frequently.
  • Their minds are awake and clear. 

Changes in diet and lifestyle are necessary to balance the vata dosha. Maintaining equilibrium in the Vata dosha requires regularity. To counterbalance the dry and bitter quality of this Dosha, one should eat foods that are comforting and creamy. Calming the restless mind is possible through incorporating nurturing yoga techniques and pranayama into a balanced diet and lifestyle. A relaxing and nutritious massage using Pure Sesame oil is one of the best ways to soothe the body and mind and is regarded as the ideal treatment for the Vata dosha.

Pitta Dosha

Do your friends frequently refer to you as “hangry”? When your food is delayed, do you always feel agitated? Are you prone to sunburns easily? Pitta is the element of fire. Metabolism is represented by Pitta dosha. The attributes of heat, moisture, fluidity, sharpness, and sourness are indicative of Pitta dosha. The main characteristic is heat. The energy principle is what improves metabolism and facilitates digestion. Unbalanced pitta symptoms are mostly characterized by body heat or a burning sensation and skin redness.

The essential characteristics or attributes to determine Pitta Dosha are:

  • The people belonging to this dosha are often of medium build and although their weight is well-balanced, it occasionally varies based on their diet and way of living.
  • They are thought to be “perfectionists” and have keen minds. (Personality type A)
  • They have the traits of a leader and are goal-oriented.
  • Because of their disposition, when things do not go their way, they frequently become irritable and critical.
  • They are endowed with radiant, glowing skin as well as a happy, peaceful inner being.

A cooling and balancing diet rich in coconut, coriander, and sweet fruits is the greatest method to calm the fiery Pitta dosha. Pitta dosha is also calmed by including cooling practices like swimming or taking a moonlit stroll. Steer clear of all heat sources to help prevent Pitta’s impacts on the body, mind, and skin. 

Your Pitta dosha can be affected by anything, even delaying meals and eating more food than usual. One can combine systematic and controlled yoga postures with frequent Pranayama sessions to regulate one’s temperament.

Kapha Dosha

Do you have an intense sweet tooth and a constant want for pastries and sweets? Do you wish you were a couch potato all the time because you lack motivation? Are you fed up with joining a gym every few months and quitting because you’re not losing weight? Put this down to the Kapha dosha. It is a hefty dosha since it combines elements of earth and water. It symbolizes structure, lubrication, and stability in the body and mind and is slow, moist, cool, greasy, heavy, smooth, and stable in nature. It is the body’s nourishing component. Along with nutrients and lubrication, kapha is crucial for flavor perception.

The essential characteristics or attributes to determine Pitta Dosha are:

  • Kapha dosha-influenced individuals have a sluggish metabolism, a bigger physique, and a robust and strong frame.
  • They can lose weight quickly and have a tendency to acquire it easily.
  • They are intelligent, but because of their realistic and logical minds, they take longer to learn things but do not forget things easily.
  • They are grounded and have serene personalities, which makes them reliable friends.
  • They rarely lose their temper, and even when they do, they settle down quickly. They are trustworthy and committed.

“Activity” is the key to balancing the Kapha dosha because this dosha’s natural traits of lethargy and sluggishness might occasionally make someone feel blue. They will feel happier if they engage in any type of physical training or exercise because it will keep them active. Since they frequently find themselves in a rut, change is crucial for them. They find comfort in being active and learning new things. 

Imbalance in Doshas 

Ayurvedic teaching courses can help you understand the application and principles of Ayurveda. This knowledge can be quite beneficial if you are just starting to understand how the doshas impact your daily life. Once more, if you would want to evaluate your current state of balance and your constitution, and obtain tailored advice based on both.  

Imbalanced Vata

Vata is often associated with dread, anxiety, loneliness, isolation, and tiredness when it is out of balance. It can result in a loss of energy and physical stamina, interfere with normal communication, and create a variety of strange bodily movements, including shaking or trembling.

Imbalanced Pitta

Pitta, when it is out of balance, gives rise to fiery, reactive emotions like criticism, jealousy, and frustration. The etiology of heat-related illnesses, which can impact all bodily tissues and organs, is frequently an imbalanced pitta.

Imbalanced Kapha

When kapha is out of balance, it can lead to stubbornness, laziness, and aversion to change in addition to feelings of attachment, avarice, and possessiveness. Physically, kapha dosha tends to encourage tissues, organs, and intellect to become stagnant and sluggish.

The bottom line

Today, many people embrace Ayurvedic treatment because of its emphasis on curing the entire body. Poor health and sickness are caused by an imbalanced dosha, according to Ayurveda. Choosing food, exercise, and lifestyle choices according to your dosha is therefore thought to support balance and optimal health.
There’s not much evidence to back up the claims made by many Ayurvedic practitioners that a person’s dosha determines their level of health. Despite the paucity of research on Ayurvedic doshas, adopting Ayurveda’s many healthy lifestyle practices into daily routine is a terrific approach to support overall well-being. Visit our website to learn more about the 200-hour yoga and ayurveda teacher training program in Rishikesh, India.

Himanshi Chhabra