Ayurveda: The Three Doshas
One of our favourite clean beauty brands around here is Yoke Trade. Founded by Tamara Jones, a trained yoga and Ayurveda practitioner, Tamara believes true wellness depends on a balanced connection between mind, body and spirit, and thoughtfully blends those principles into her products. For those curious about the practice of Ayurveda or confused about the three doshas we explain below.
Ayurveda (translated as knowledge of life) is an ancient holistic healing system. It was first developed in India dating back 5,000 years ago. Ayurveda is based on the belief that true wellness goes beyond diet, exercise or medication, and relies on a balance between the mind, body and spirit. Ayurvedic practices are focused primarily on promoting good health rather than fighting disease.
According to the philosophy, the universal life manifests itself into three different energies (or dosas) known as vata, pitta and kapha, which control how your body works. Everyone inherits a unique combination of all three doshas however one or two doshas are normally more dominant than others. The balance of your doshas can be attributed to a number of different factors (such as environment, age, climate, season, diet) and can have a large impact on your health, energy and overall mood levels.
An important goal of Ayurveda is to identify a person’s ideal state of balance, determine where they are out of balance, and offer suggestions to achieve optimal wellness.
The Three Doshas
Vata dosha (space and air) is thought to be the most powerful of all three doshas.
It controls important body functions such as: mind, breathing, blood flow, heart and the ability to get rid of body waste through the intestines.
They tend to be thin, light, enthusiastic, energetic, and changeable.
Out of Balance:
They can experience anxiety, insomnia, dry skin, constipation, and difficulty focusing.
Constipation, lower back pain, anxiety, joint problems.
The pitta dosha (fire and water) controls: digestion, ability to break down foods (metabolism) and certain hormones linked to appetite.
They tend to be intense, intelligent, and goal-oriented and have a strong appetite for life.
Out of Balance:
They may experience compulsive and irritable behaviour and may suffer from indigestion or an inflammatory condition.
Inflammation, rashes, acne, and loose stool.
The kapha dosha (water and earth) controls: muscle growth, body strength and stability, weight and the immune system.
They tend to be easy-going, methodical, and nurturing.
Out of Balance:
They can be sluggishness and experience weight gain or sinus congestion.
Sinus problems, respiratory diseases, inflammation.
To help you have a better understanding of your Ayurveda type take this quiz
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