Ayurveda, the ancient science of life, is a holistic, self-care form of health care.
The core principle is that everything in the universe consists of one or more of the 5 basic elements:
Our bodies consist of all 5 elements. Each individual is born with a unique combination of these elements.
Our Dosha is determined by this unique combination.
Kapha Dosha has a predominance of earth and water. It's characteristics are heavy, cold, soft, unctuous, sweet, immobile and slimy.
Kapha dosha is what gives our bodies structure. It's function is binding, firmness, heaviness, strength, potency, forbearance, and restraint.
Pitta Dosha is hot by nature. It has a predominance of fire and water. the characteristics of Pitta Dosha are sharp, pungent, sour, & mobile.
Pitta Dosha rules vision, digestion, body heat, hunger, thirst, softness, and luster. In proper balance, It brings about cheerfulness and a strong intellect.
Vata Dosha has a predominance of Air and space. The characteristics of Vata Dosha are, rough, light, dry, mobile, abundant, swift, & cold.
Vata Dosha rules motion. It's responsible for blood circulation, brain function, nerve conduction, excretion, body movement, & breathing. Out of balance and it can bring about anxiety, grief and pain.
We all have all three Doshas in varying amounts.
Your current Dosha profile determines your health, relationships, mental state, and emotional state. The closer you are to your natural Dosha the better you'll feel.
That's why it's important to understand your unique constitution. For a deeper understanding, take the Dosha Quiz
Dosha theory is an exciting and super useful tool for navigating your day to day routine. It also helps us to understand our relationships. Our reaction to season, food, social environments, weather, and climate.
The primary goal of Ayurveda is to maintain balance in your constitution so that you can enjoy your life. And live free from disease and disharmony.