Doshas are primary life forces which govern all biological activity, body shapes, mental attributes, drives, talents, weaknesses, and qualities. Dosha means, “that which changes,” because they are constantly moving in dynamic balance, one with the others.
Vata (va-ta) is a force conceptually made of the elements ether and air.
Pitta (pit-ta) is a force conceptually made of the elements water and fire.
Kapha (ka-fa) is a force conceptually made of the elements earth and water.
Every person is made up of all three Doshas in varying proportions influencing mind, digestive strength, preferences and repulsions.
We use the identification of ones dosha to determine beneficial lifestyle practices to maintain balance including:
- Ayurvedic Treatments
- Detoxification Practices
- Yoga/meditation Practices
- Herbal Programs
Vatas are often lanky and long, or shorter than average. Typically they have difficulty maintaining an average weight, though another vata symptom is fluctuating weight. They can be very short or very tall, seldom are they average in stature, and there is usually some irregularity to their proportions: very long or short legs, a long torso, abnormal rib cage, long spine, short arms. Vatas also tend to have bad teeth that are very crooked. They are prone to have dry, coarse hair and brittle nails. Their skin tends to be darker for their race. They have small, thin features.
Typical pittas are ambitious go-getters. They love to work, compete and acquire. They are natural born leaders, and are extremely organized, detail oriented, business minded and politically inclined. They love to learn and improve the quality of their lives. They have strong intellects, and retain information well. If they are less self-aware, pittas can become quite critical of themselves and others. They can fall into traps of arrogance believing that they know better than the rest. At their worst, they can be quite tyrannical, controlling, and driven. When imbalanced they will work excessively, often not allowing rest until they are sick or simply burnt out.
Kaphas can be the sweetest among us. They can be loving, maternal, devoted friends and mates. They are slow to go, seldom in a hurry, and love to lounge around. They are mindful about money, generally like to save, acquire and collect things. They are slower learners, but once they know something they will not forget it. If they are less self-aware, they will not forget the misdoings of others and it can take them quite some time to forgive someone. Holding on is one of their lesser attributes, this goes for experiences that have happened in the past, and material possessions that no longer serve. The inability to let go of emotional hurts can manifest as excess weight. If kapha is significantly out of balance, there can be deep-seated greed, and an infatuation with collectibles that surpasses emotional relationships with others. In the face of confrontation, many kaphas will become self-protective by reacting indifferent.