Vata, Pitta and Kapha - What's it all mean? In a prior blog post, I discussed the basics of Ayurveda. This blog post builds on those concepts and provides an overview of the three doshas made up of the five elements.
Before I share the characteristics of Vata, Pitta and Kapha - let's touch on the golden rules of Ayurveda:
These golden rules are the backdrop to any discussion of Ayurveda. The golden rules offer you the practical knowledge of how to heal through balancing Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Said another way, the golden rules pacify the elements within you that may be out of balance. In order to apply the golden rules, Ayurveda offers a very handy tool called Gunas. The Gunas are ten pairs of opposites that are characteristics of the elements. The Gunas are listed below:
The Gunas are characteristics of the five elements which make up your dosha. For example, when Vata is too high and you are feeling cold, dry, light, mobile, or subtle - you should favor the opposite characteristics to find balance: hot, oily, heavy, static, and gross. As an example, it may be easiest to apply this thinking to foods. Cold, dry, light foods increase Vata while hot, oily, heavy foods pacify Vata.
Now that you have taken the dosha quiz, know the golden rules of Ayurveda, and understand the Gunas; the following slides will help you understand your dosha or Ayurvedic constitution.