Introduction to Doshas

August 21, 2021

What are doshas?

In Ayurvedic medicine, an alternative health system originating from India, doshas are universal energy elements that comprise the body. Allowing the various energies to find equanimity is paramount to avoid disease and illness. (Ayurveda is known as the “science of life.”)  

The body inhabits the elemental qualities of earth, water, fire, wind, and space. Unresolved issues in a person’s life build and spill into a stew of unrest, disease, and illness. Well-being is an integral balance of the emotional, physical, and spiritual spheres. To obtain and maintain health, Ayurveda focuses on the doshas: Vata, Pitta, and Kapha.

"Balance in the body is the foundation for balance in life." BKS Iyengar

  • Vata is a combination of air and water elements. Those with a Vata constitution often demonstrate creativity, energy, and fluidity. When out of balance, the Vata individual may experience digestion issues, fear, anxiety, and insomnia.
  • Pitta is the fire sign. Those with the dominating pitta constitution often have increased metabolic activity, intelligence, and fairness. When out of balance, feelings of anger and hatred may bubble.
  • Kapha combines earth and water prana sources. The moisture in this constitution leads to lubrication inside and outside the body. Emotional harmony rules this dosha except when it’s out of balance, then lethargy and envy preside.

How do the natural elements govern a person’s constitution?

The classical elemental system has a pattern of opposite (as illustrated). Think of water and fire elements on opposite ends of the spectrum; whereas air and earth are on the opposite ends of another intersection.

The interaction of these characteristics determines the expression of someone’s doshas and determines how an ayurvedic doctor may suggest the balancing of an individual’s natural constitution.

Ayurvedic practitioners have an entire spectrum of intaking and monitoring where and how people function within these categories. More than likely, people tend to reside in one dosha but harbor traits from the other types.

The practitioner would use recipes, herbal supplements, lifestyle choices, yoga, and meditation to balance, heal, and purify someone’s doshas. Consult a certified Ayurvedic practitioner or books to learn more about the energetic health system.

Tricia Louvar l Mukha Yoga

By Tricia Louvar; All Rights Reserved @2021

Tricia Louvar l Mukha YogaBy Tricia Louvar; All Rights Reserved @2021

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