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  • Lauren Baptiste

What is Your Dosha? | Acheloa Wellness

WHAT IS YOUR DOSHA?


Everyone is made of all three ayurvedic doshas, but our unique constitution (prakriti) determines our mental and physical tendencies. Think about it like genetics that make up both body and mind. The goal is to come back to your divine proportion which was decided for you at birth, verses trying to be a perfect balance of the three doshas.


To make sure we’re on the same page, let’s take one step back to understand what Ayurveda is.

Ayurveda is the science of life (“Ayur” = life, “Veda” = science or knowledge), but also known as “the mother of all healing”. Ayurveda dates back over 5,000 years and uses natural techniques to come back to our perfect selves. It offers a deep wisdom designed to help us stay vibrant and healthy while realizing our full potential.


Everyone and everything in this world is composed of energy. This energy is comprised of the five elements: space, air, fire, water, earth. These universal energies manifest in our physiology as three doshas (personalities): Vata, Pitta and Kapha.


  • Vata: space and air

  • Pitta: fire and water

  • Kapha: earth and water


Keep in mind that although you embody all three doshas, there may be one or two that stick out as primary permutations that resonate with your body-mind type. Below are the archetypes mental personalities and emotional personalities that make up Vata, Pitta and Kapha.


VATA DOSHA – SPACE AND AIR

Archetypes of Vata:

Light bones and muscles, long straight frame

Cool skin; cold hands/feet

Small, fine features, sometimes irregular features

Hard to gain weight, easy to lose

Variable digestion

Sometimes they’re hungry, sometimes not

Eats fast, moves fast, talks fast; light on feet


Mental & Emotional Personality:

Poets, dancers, connectors, artists, writers, cooks (creativity & visionary)

Enthusiastic, social, creative, innovative

Likes variety; adaptable; travel

Learns quickly, forgets quickly, needs lists/reminders


PITTA DOSHA – FIRE AND WATER

Archetype of Pitta:

Medium size, frame and musculature; warm skin

Oily reddish skin, fine oily hair, light-sensitive eyes, intense gaze

Easy to gain weight and easy to lose

Strong appetite and digestion

Steady hormones

Sharp, clear voice; walks with intention

Strong eyesight

Good complexion


Mental & Emotional Personality:

Organized; focused; disciplined

Competitive, goal-oriented

Courageous, inspiring, passionate

Learns quickly, good memory

Activists, spiritual leaders, CEOs, managers

Sharp memory, good comprehension

Speaks in bullet points; to the point; concise


KAPHA DOSHA – WATER AND EARTH

Archetype of Kapha:

Broad frame, strong bones and muscles, curvy

Physical and mental strength and endurance

Smooth, cool skin; thick, wavy hair; large, bright eyes; full lips << more pronounced features

Easy to gain weight, difficult to lose weight

Steady, sometimes slow digestion, okay with just a couple meals a day.

Walks slowly, low booming voice, talks leisurely

Strong immune system


Mental & Emotional Personality:

Works well with (or loves!) routine and structure (same restaurant, same table, same meal, same night of the week, every week)

Steady, dependable, predictable, calm, loyal, true to their word

Generous, compassionate, caring

Learns best with repetition, long memory

Opera singers, social workers, nannies, kindergarten teachers, caretakers


WHAT’S YOUR DOSHA?

What Ayurvedic type are you most aligned to: Vata, Pitta or Kapha? Based on the above, see which doshas resonate with you. If only for today, start your journey with dosha awareness. To reinforce your understanding of the doshas, watch the replay of our #WellnessWednesday episode that aired on February 12, 2020, titled, "What Are the Three Ayurvedic Body Types?"


The journey starts here, but there’s lifetimes of knowledge that can discuss the deeper levels of ayurveda. If you’re looking to better understand your personal dosha, or believe your health is being impacted by one of the doshas, reach out to Lauren and team to support and empower your journey forward.


“Ayurveda is the science that teaches what is good and what is bad for one’s life in terms of diet, routine and environment. Not following these recommendations leads to disease. The method of diagnosis is through finding the underlying cause(s), and the treatment helps pacify the imbalance and cure the disease.” – Charaka Samhita, 1.1.41