With attention to Ayurveda being the new trendsetter, it’s wise to illustrate some authentic information about it. In this article, we will learn about the body types or doshas as described by Ayurveda.
In the Sanskrit language, Ayurveda means “the science of life”. It originated in the Indian Sub-continent more than 5000 years ago.
Ayurveda defines you according to your body type or doshas. According to Ayurveda, the three- body types are Vata, Pitta, and Kapha.
Furthermore, to adapt to an Ayurvedic lifestyle or heal yourself it is necessary to know your body type. Only once when you know that you can gain benefits out of it.
Let’s try to understand the three doshas and identify our own:
Vata (Vayu: wind), governed by air and space elements.
Vata, is the primary motivating force, without which other doshas cannot move. It is considered to be the king of all doshas.
Characteristics of a Vata Person:
a. Fast metabolism, find it difficult to gain weight. Usually, skinny and tend to be cold most of the time.
b. They love sweets and enjoy their drinks warm.
c. Vata people are creative, communicative, and energetic.
d. Easily gets distracted.
e. Learning power is fast but retention is weak.
2. Pitta (fire: heat energy), governed by the fire element.
Pitta manifests itself in one’s metabolism. It also has a small contribution of water to it.
Characteristics of a Piita Person:
a. They are born leaders, ambitious, and always brimming with energy and strength.
b. They love sweet and bitter flavors and enjoy their drinks cold.
c. Medium build good muscle tone and always tend to feel warm.
d. They usually do not like sunlight, hot weather, and heat.
e. Usually extroverts and like to be the center of attention.
3. Kapha, governed by water and earth elements.
Kapha element is responsible for the material development of the different types of tissues.
Characteristics of a Kapha person:
a. Kapha’s body type is the largest of all. Wide hips and shoulders with thick wavy hair are general characteristics.
b. Passionate about food, tend to gain weight easily, and are usually overweight.
c. They have a lot of endurance, strength. Slow learners but have great memory power.
d. Physically slow and tend to sleep a lot. At times, they are very sluggish, lethargic, and difficult to motivate.
e. Very loyal and stable in relationships.
Moreover, it is the first step to incorporate the Ayurvedic lifestyle. After this, you may customize a holistic routine for yourself.
Lastly, we will discuss dosha imbalances and how to fix them. To know more about the kind of diet you should follow, stay tuned.