After many years of binge eating and going through severe depression every day, it finally hit me at 24 years old to snap out of the unhealthy habits that have been weighing me down daily. This is why I made the conscious decision to start practicing Ayurveda. Ayurveda is best described as the science of life where Ayur means life and Veda means knowledge. It is an ancient Indian belief system that all human beings and the universe consist of Air, Fire, Water, Earth, and Ether. Everyone has something called a Dosha which are three energies that make up every human and it is important for every being to understand their Dosha to lead them to a path of enlightenment and a balanced life. The three Doshas are called Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. Everyone is made up of all three Doshas but many are more dominant in one Dosha than the others. Let me break it down for you…
The 3 Doshas:
Vata reflects elements of space and air due to having qualities of being smaller boned and thinner while having fast acting brains and move quick with little patience and flexibility. Vata types are creative, great communicators, and active. Vatta’s negative qualities include the tendency of frequent anxiety and conditions in the body such as constipation and skin problems due to dry skin. These types of people are predictable, grounding, and warming. Due to being dry skinned with disorders in the skin, it is recommended that Vattas eat more foods that contain healthy oils such as avocado oil, coconut oil, flaxseed oil, etc. for balance.
It is important for Vattas to have a routine such as going to bed early cooking dinner around the same time daily to prevent stress. Intensive workouts are not ideal for Vattas as they become more stressed with these types of workouts that lead to weight gain. Meditation and light exercises will give Vattas the best benefits for losing weight as they are low stress activities. Vattas should stay away from alcohol, smoking, eating while anxious/depressed, and going to bed late.
Pitta reflects elements of fire and water which explains their intense personality and oily skin while being medium built and having the ability to put on muscle easily. Pittas tend to overheat easily and this is why it is important for them to keep their internal fire in balance. Pitta types are intelligent and have a jubilant temperament that give them a lot of drive to accomplish tasks throughout their life. Negative qualities of a Pitta include turning from a joyous to a bitter temperament. This type often lets their ego get in the way and they can become angry and express rage towards others with yelling that can become domineering to others.
Pitta’s key words are moderation, calming, and refreshing. Pittas need to eat more proteins than any other Dosha but it should be from cool vegetables to lower their body heat as meat would increase it. Pitta imbalances are prone to infections, inflammation, and heartburn. Pittas should exert their extra energy into meditation and yoga due to them being calming activities to quiet their fire. Pittas should stay away from eating while mad, drinking alcohol, over-working, and smoking.
Kapha reflects elements of water and Earth meaning this type is easy going and bigger boned where they put on fat easily. Kaphas are full of love and put others before themselves making them very giving human beings. Kapha’s qualities are that they have a lot of patience, forgiveness, and mental inertia that grounds a Vatta and Pitta which helps offset those Dosha type imbalances. Although, giving too much to others before themselves contributes to their negative qualities including attachment and depression. These imbalances make Kaphas want to turn to overeating to fill the emptiness from depression that lead to bodily disorders that relate to mucous such as obesity and congestion.
This Dosha needs to focus on eating light warm spicy foods that are more on the dry side such as dry apricots, prunes, spicy chicken, or any Indian foods. Kaphas need to eat in a loving environment and engage in introspective activities that helps them focus on themselves and self-love rather than attending to others for once. They also need to go to bed early and wake up early in a well-kept home environment while avoiding taking any naps. Kapha types need to avoid emotional overeating, no physical activity, and spending a lot of time in cool damp weather as it weighs them down even more.
When your Doshas are out of balance, your mind, body, and soul are all out of balance. This is why it is key to understand your dominant Dosha and live by what is best for your specific mind and body type to achieve tranquility. Practicing recommended exercises and diet that align with your Dosha will lead to healing depression, anxiety, and many other mental and physical issues. Rather than taking pharmaceuticals to heal your problems, first think about how the food you put in your body and what exercises you are practicing are affecting your overall health. For example, if your digestive system isn’t functioning properly it could throw off your entire body along with mentality and your soul. Everything is one… next time you are sick ask yourself what you aren’t giving your body enough of instead of going straight to pharmaceuticals to band aid the reoccurring problem. What is your Dosha?