all about the doshas
The doshas are the building blocks of understanding or physical and mental make-up through the lens of Ayurveda. The concept may seem foreign, but surely you've heard of the elemental make up of ether, air, fire, water and earth. Ayurveda takes it one step further and groups the 5 elements into three doshas - Vata, Pitta and Kapha.
Each of us are made up of all 3 doshas in varying quantities. At birth we were born with a certain amount of each dosha. Finding that balance again is what will bring us into harmony with ourselves.
What brings us out of balance? Stress, environment, poor food choices, the seasons, eating too much, not exercising in a way that is conducive for our body time.
What are the signs of imbalance? Body odor, coated tongue, INDIGESTION. Seriously guys, we will talk sooo much about your bathroom habits, your digestive symptoms and your eating habits. Your body gives you all the signs you need to help you stop imbalance in its tracks before it manifests as disease.
The dosha made of the elements air + ether.
Vata governs movement. People with dominate Vata in their system tend to be light, creative, inspired when in balance. Their digestion is variable, with a tendency towards weakness in strength. Routine is key for Vata's.
When out of balance, there is a tendency towards dryness, anxiety, and unstableness. Digestive imbalance takes the form of constipation.
This dosha is made of the elements fire (with a bit of water).
Pitta governs fierce focus. People with dominate Pitta in their system tend to be driven, focused and great leaders when in balance. Their digestion is strong, they can eat almost anything.
When out of balance, there is a tendency towards judgment, anger and criticism. Digestive imbalance takes the form of burning indigestion.
This dosha is made of the elements water + earth.
Kapha governs stability and groundedness. People with dominate Kapha tend to be our greatest supporters, and are super reliable. Their digestion is regular, but they may need to cut back on the amount they eat.
When out of balance, there is a tendency towards stubbornness, lethargy and inertia. Digestive imbalance takes the form of mucus build up in the digestive tract.