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Know Your Body

According to Ayurveda, each of us inherits a unique mix of three types of body-mind energies (doshas) which creates our specific physical and mental characteristics. Most of us have one or two doshas which are most dominant in our nature, with the remaining one(s) less significant. These three doshas are known as Vata, Pitta, and Kapha.

Using these Doshas of Ayurveda, we can identify our body-mind nature (prakriti) and use this understanding to make the most nourishing choices in our lives. It is common for people to have a blend of characteristics and usually one dosha will be dominated.

Three Doshas- Vata, Pitta & Kapha

While we are a composite of the five elements, certain elements are seen to have the ability to combine and thereby create various physiological functions. In Ayurveda, we study these functions and the influence of the five basic elements, which fall under three classifications known as Doshas: Vata, Pitta, Kapha.


VATA
The wind and space elements are combined to form the Vata principle. The Vata dosha can be seen as the force that directs nerve impulses, blood circulation, respiration and elimination of wastes (sweat, urine and other waste products of the body). It also controls the various movements of the body, both physical and mental, including breathing, heart beats, extension and contraction of muscles, etc.


PITTA
The manifestation of fire element. It is associated with body temperature and is also a primary force for any kind of transformation in our biological processes. The major functions of Pitta are digestion and metabolism of food, appetite, maintaining the body temperature and maintaining skin softness and clear complexion. It is also active in the functions of the liver, eyes and brain.


KAPHA
The combination of earth and water elements manifest as Kapha, which is the heaviest of all three doshas! The major functions of Kapha are maintaining the shape, structure and lubrication of the body, performing physical movement and tasks, growth of body tissues and fertility. Kapha also acts as a balancing force between the restlessness of Vata types and laziness of Pitta types.

The interplay among these three doshas determines the qualities and conditions of our body and mind. A harmonious state of the three doshas creates balance and health; an imbalance, which might be an excess or deficiency of a dosha, manifests as a symptom of disease.

Find your Body Type (Prakriti)

Take a pen and paper, and give one mark each for either for Vata or Pitta or Kapha. At the end, total the score to find out which dosha is more dominant in your body and that’s your body type.

TYPE VATA PITTA KAPHA
Body Frame Thin – usually short or tall Medium Large, Tall
Weight Low weight, doesn’t gain weight Medium Weight stay same Heavy Weight
Eyes Small, Dark Eyes Medium Sized, Light Eyes, Easily Inflamed Large Eyes with thick eyelashes, Gentle Gaze
Skin Dry, Rough, Cold Cracks Easily Moist, Warm, Pink Prone to acne Soft, Smooth, Moist, Cool
Complexion Dark Flushed, Sunburn Easily Pale
Hair Rough, Dry, Wairy Thin, Oily, Light Colored, Grey, Bald Premature Thick, Wavy, Oily
Eye Brow Thin, Small Medium Thick, Bushy
Nose Small, Thin Medium, Symmetrical Wide
Teeth Vary in size, Crooked Medium Large white
Joints Stiff, Tend to Crack Loose, Average Size Large, Stirdy
Nails Thin, Brittle Soft, Pink Strong, Thick, White, Smooth
Muscle Thin, Undeveloped Average Size Large well developed
Urine Scant, Colorless Profuse, Yellow Moderate, Milky
Menstrual Irregular, Scanty Regular, Bright color Regular, Pale color.
Stool Scanty, Dry, Hard, Prone to Gas & Constipation Abundant, Loose & Soft Moderate, Dense with Mucus.
Apetite Variable Strong Low
Dietary Likes to snack on Dry, Crunchy foods. Like Cold Drinks & Snacks. Like Sweet & Creamy.
Thirst Low High Moderate
Digestion Prone to Gas. Good, Strong, Fast. Slow, Steady.
Sweat Hardly Sweat. Profuse strong smelling. Moderate.
Circulation Poor, Cold Hand & Feet. Good Hot Hand & Feet. Moderate Temperature Cool..
Weather Like Sun & Warmth. Cold Weather. Warm & Windy.
Sensitivity Cold, Wind, Dryness Noise. Heat, Sunlight, Light & Color. Touch, Old & Dampness.
Immunity Low. Moderate. Strong.
Physical Endurance Low. Moderate. Strong.
Sleep Light. Moderate. Deep.
Dreams Prone to Nightmare. Colorful, Vivid Passionate. Rarely or Uneventful.
Movements Quick. Move with Purpose & Motivation. Moves Slowly & Steadily, Gracefully.
Desicion Changes Mind Quickly, Indecisive & Nervous. Decisive & Determined. Changes Mind & Opinions Slowly.
Thoughts Creative, Visionary Ideas. Logical, Critical, idealistically. Thinks Slowly & Methodical.
Learning Ability Easily Learn & forget Easily, Poor Memory. Easily with clear memory. Learn slowly good long term memory.
Professional Art Medicine, Engineering Business
Mind Prone to Anxiety, Fear Nervousness & Worry. Prone to Irritability Anger, Aggression, Jealousy. Prone to Depression lethargy, Attachment.
Attitude Lively, Positive attitude when balance. Warm, Outgoing & Confident. Peaceful, Happy & loving when in balance.
Money Spends in trifles. Earn but spends on Luxury. Can earn & Save after motivation.
Speech Quick Speech Talkative. Argumentative, Confrontational, Enjoy's Debate. Talks Slowly & Deliberately.
Travel Love Travelling. Need beautiful environment. Domestic, Spends more time in the home.
Sensitivity Sensitive to sound. Sensitive to Visual Stimulati. Not that sensitive.