According to holistic health approach of Ayurveda, universal energy or life force manifests three different forms of energy, known as the doshas. A person’s constitution is made up of a unique combination of the doshas, although usually one dosha is predominate. Once you understand which dosha you tend towards, you can adjust your habits, food choices, and more to strike a healthy balance in your life and body. The three doshas include:
Vata: Vata is dominated by the air element. They are mentally active and creative with lively imaginations. Unbalanced Vata types can struggle to finish projects and fulfill commitments, and may experience moodiness, cold hands and feet, and dry skin.
Pitta: Pitta is dominated by the fire element. They tend to be passionate, quick learners and natural leaders, and can be quick to blush and sweat. They have strong appetites, are competitive, and can tend towards irritability and may experience inflammation, acne, and loose stools.
Kapha: Kapha is dominated by the earth element. Those of the Kapha type tend to be compassionate, stable, and loyal. They prefer a methodical approach and are naturally strong in body and spirit. An imbalanced Kapha may become unmotivated and stubborn, and may experience a slow metabolism and weight gain.