Human body and three doshas

Human body Variance

As promised earlier, this is a follow up article regarding three doshas which constitute human body. It’s a wonder when you come across different individuals, with different body structure, habits and characteristics. All these things make a person unique.

  • Some are hyper active, some exude grace and stillness.
  • Some have good appetite while others struggle to finish a salad.
  • Some will work out for hours in the gym and yet don’t lose weight.While others are fit with just an hour of exercise.

Thereby, Ayurveda explains these unique traits with three doshas- vatta, pitta and kapha.

What are Ayurvedic Doshas?

Doshas are defined as energetic principles that govern physiological and psychological functions of the body. For good health all the three doshas should to be balanced. The doshas derive from the five elements and their related properties.

  • Vata is composed of space & air, Pitta of fire & water, and, Kapha of earth & water. These doshas express unique blends of physical emotional and mental characteristics.
  • In a full human life, the three doshas constantly fluctuate according to the environment, diet, seasons, climate , age and many other factors.

Thus, the balance keeps changing, the health, energy level and general mood gets affected.  Every individual has some of each, most people tend to have an abundance of one or two of the doshas.

The 3 Dosha types:

1. Vata Dosha — Energy that controls bodily functions associated with motion, including blood circulation, breathing, blinking, and your heartbeat.

  • In balance: There is creativity and vitality.
  • Out of balance: Can produce fear and anxiety.

2. Pitta Dosha — Energy that controls the body’s metabolic systems, including digestion, absorption, nutrition, and your body’s temperature.

  • In balance: Leads to contentment and intelligence.
  • Out of balance: Can cause ulcers and anger.

3. Kapha Dosha — Energy that controls growth in the body. It supplies water to all body parts, moisturizes the skin, and maintains the immune system.

  • In balance: Expressed as love and forgiveness.
  • Out of balance: Can lead to insecurity and envy.

Each person has all three Doshas, but usually one or two dominate. Various Dosha proportions determine one’s physiological and personality traits, as well as general likes and dislikes.

Determine your Dosha

Dosha Quiz

Prarthana Makhija

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