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“Doshas” in Ayurveda refer to your unique physical and mental constitution, which influence your personal well-being. Each person has their own dominant dosha or combination of two or three of these elemental forces. Knowing yours can help you maintain balance through seasonal changes for lasting health and peace of mind.
What Is a Dosha?
Thought to be condensed from different combinations of the primal elements earth, water, fire, air, and ether, the doshas are the life energies behind all of our bodily functions. Each one commands a specific force in the body and is associated with certain sensory qualities.
Quiz: What’s Your Dosha?
Take the quiz to determine whether you are Vata-, Pitta-, or Kapha-dominant.
Tailor Yoga for Your Dosha
Do you hate sweating in a vinyasa yoga class? Or get agitated in slow, meditative flows? Your doshas may be to blame. These Ayurvedic forces describe archetypal body characteristics and reveal specific strengths, weaknesses, and imbalances that have direct links to your practice.
The Dosha-Balancing Diet
According to Ayurveda, when we’re balanced, we desire foods that are good for us. But if our mind, body, or spirit is out of sync, our connection to our body’s inner intelligence goes awry. Learn how different foods impact the doshas on the principle of “like attracts like.”
Ayurveda provides specific lifestyle, dietary, herbal, and yogic solutions for each individual that can not only diffuse tension but also help build a foundation for lasting peace of mind.
How To Balance Your Vata
The most likely of the doshas to slip out of balance in any season, vata is especially prone to aggravation during late fall and early winter. That’s when nature delivers an abundance of vata-like qualities in the form of blustery winds, cool temperatures, and dry air. Calm it down.
How to Balance Your Pitta
As summer heats up, we become prone to accumulating excess pitta. If we already possess a pitta prakriti (nature), we’re at an even higher risk of imbalance. Learn how to chill out.
How to Balance Your Kapha
You’ll feel an excess of kapha in the body as the result of a heavy diet, lack of exercise, too much sleep, too much of everything throughout the long winter, as the energy in nature begins to shift and lighten.
Gifts for the Doshas
Not sure what to get your friends or family during throughout the year? If you know their dosha, these gifts will make your shopping trip easier.