As part of his informative talk last week, Dr Mathew spoke about the three Ayurvedic types, or Doshas.
Below is a comprehensive description of each type, Vata, Pitta and Kapha…. which one are you!?
VATA : AIR + SPACE
Qualities of Vata: Cold, light, dry, irregular, rough, moving, quick and always changing.
Vata governs movement in the body, the activities of the nervous system and the process of elimination. Vata influences the other doshas.
You will tend to always be on the go, with an energetic and creative mind.
As long as Vata is in balance, you will be lively and enthusiastic.
Physical Characteristics: thin, light frame and excellent adaptability. Their energy comes in bursts, and they are likely to experience sudden bouts of fatigue. Vatas typically have dry skin and cold hands – feet. They sleep lightly and their digestion can be sensitive.
When imbalanced, it manifests in the body as weight loss, constipation, arthritis, weakness, restlessness, aches & pains.
Emotional Characteristics: Vatas love excitement and new experiences. They are quick to anger but also to forgive, they are energetic, creative, and flexible. They also take initiative and are lively conversationalists.
When imbalanced, they are prone to worry, anxiousness, nervous and often suffer from insomnia.
When they feel overwhelmed or stressed, their response is, “What did I do wrong?”
PITTA : FIRE or HEAT
Qualities of Pitta: Hot, light, intense, penetrating, pungent, sharp, acidic.
The Pitta dosha controls digestion, metabolism, and energy production. The primary function of Pitta is transformation.
Physical Characteristics: They have excellent digestion, warm body temperature; they sleep soundly for short periods of time, perfect digestion, abundant energy, and a strong appetite.
When imbalanced, Pittas may suffer from skin rashes, burning sensations, peptic ulcers, excessive body heat, heartburn, and indigestion.
Emotional Characteristics: Pittas have a powerful intellect and a strong ability to concentrate they are good decision makers, teachers, and speakers. They are precise, sharp-witted, direct and often outspoken, Ambitious & Practical. Love – Adventure, Challenges
When imbalanced Pittas can be short-tempered, argumentative, outburst of emotions
and non co-operative.
When Pittas are over-stressed, their typical response is “What did you do wrong?”
KAPHA: EARTH + WATER
Qualities of Kapha: Heavy, slow, steady, solid, cold, soft, oily
Kapha governs the structure of the body. It is the principle that holds the cells together and forms the muscle, fat, bone, and provides immunity. The primary function of Kapha is protection.
Physical Characteristics: Kapha types have a strong build and excellent stamina. smooth, radiant skin. They sleep soundly and have regular digestion.
But when Kapha builds to excess- weight gain, fluid retention, and allergies manifest in the body.
When imbalanced, Kapha types may become overweight, sleep excessively, lethargic, suffer from asthma, diabetes, and depression.
Emotional Characteristics: Kaphas are naturally calm, thoughtful, and loving. They have an inherent ability to enjoy life and are comfortable with routine.
Kaphas are strong, loyal, patient, steady, and supportive. Love- Music, Reading, Relaxing
When imbalanced, they tend to hold on to things, jobs, and relationships long after they are no longer present. Excessive attachment
When imbalanced, Kapha in the mind manifests as resistance to change and stubbornness.
In the phase of stress, the typical Kapha response is “I don’t want to involve in it.”