The ayurvedic understanding is that there are three main doshas, or mind~body types, which are made up of a combination of the five elements ~ air, space, fire, earth & water.
These three doshas are; Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Each of us, and every living thing, is made up of an ever-changing combination of these elements. An understanding of the characteristics of each dosha and how they are combined in our individual constitution allows us to better manage our health and sense of wellbeing.
VATA is composed of air and space and governs movement in the body and the mind - the nervous system, blood flow, breathing, hearing & speech and the movement of thoughts across the mind. A balanced Vata dominant physiology is imaginative, spontaneous, resilient and enthusiastic.
PITTA is composed of fire and water and governs all heat, digestion, sensory perceptions and discrimination between right and wrong. A balanced Pitta dominant physiology is sharp, focused and enterprising, with a warm personality and strong leadership.
KAPHA is composed of water and earth and governs our physical structure and fluid balance in the body - providing moisture to the skin, healing wounds, giving biological strength, vigour and stability. A balanced Kapha dominant physiology is strong, energetic, tranquil and calm.
In the human body, Vata is generally considered the lead dosha - if Vata is out of balance then it leads the others out of balance too. In the comparatively fast paced and everchanging world in which we live, it is often a Vata imbalance that is responsible for ill-health or imbalance we experience.
For more information on the individual doshas, visit the pages below.
Complete the dosha questionnaire to help establish your current doshic presentation. This will help you determine what actions you need to take to balance your physiology and move towards better health.
(Please note for an accurate diagnosis of mind-body type it is advisable to see an ayurvedic practitioner. We highly recommend the Ayurvedic Wellness Centre.)