You’ve probably heard about Ayurveda and know people who are on an Ayurvedic diet or pursuing that lifestyle. What exactly is Ayurveda, though? This blog will help you navigate Ayurveda and the different Ayurvedic body types in order to expand your understanding of these principles.
Ayurveda is one of the world’s oldest forms of holistic and traditional medicine - it dates back to over 3,000 years ago. The ancient Hindu teachings laid the framework for Ayurveda. It’s derived from the Sanskrit words ayur (life) and veda (science or knowledge), so it translates to “the knowledge of life.” It is all about finding balance between the mind, body, spirit, and environment with each person’s specific body type.
Doshas are a foundational concept of Ayurveda. They are the energetic forces of nature that play functional roles in our bodies. There are three Doshas, known as the Tridoshas, which are Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. In Ayurveda, the essential building blocks of this material world are the 5 elements of Vayu (air), Teja (fire), Jala (water), Prithvi (earth), and Aakash (ether/space). Each Dosha is comprised mainly of one of those elements, although each Dosha contains a little bit of each of the elements. An imbalance in the Doshas is what leads to illnesses and discomfort.
Vata is composed primarily of Vayu (air) and Aakash (ether/space).
Those who have the Vata type are naturally slim, kind-hearted, creative, multi-taskers, and energetic. They are strongly affected by the environment around them, such as the weather, foods they eat, and the people that surround them. Due to this, they are prone to getting overwhelmed, stressed, and anxious.
The Vata season is autumn, known for its cool and breezy days.
Pitta is composed primarily of Teja (fire) and Jala (water).
The Pitta type is known to be muscular and athletic, a strong leader, and highly motivated and goal-oriented. They can be impatient, leading to conflict and sometimes aggression. They have a strong desire for success and master skills easily, though are sensitive to hot temperatures and can experience mood swings when hungry.
The Pitta season is summer, with hot and sunny days.
Kapha is composed primarily of Prithvi (earth) and Jala (water).
Those with the Kapha type are strong, steady, wise, and are a support system for others. They typically have a strong immune system, thick bones, and are prone to slow metabolism and therefore weight gain. They are also prone to over-sleeping and sluggishness.
The Kapha season is spring, known as a time of emerging and exiting hibernation.
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