Ayurvedic Body Type

Ayurvedic Body Type

Each and every one of us is made up of a unique combination of the three dosha of Vata, Pitta and Kapha. The makeup of the three dosha will determine what Ayurvedic body type we will have. No one Ayurvedic body type is better than another. You are perfect exactly as you are. Knowing your Ayurvedic body type allows you to not try and reach unattainable goals for your body.

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Kapha Dosha: An Explanation

Kapha Dosha: An Explanation

Kapha dosha is the dosha of structure, lubrication and immunity. Kapha comes from the Sanskrit word ka meaning “water” and pha meaning “to flourish”. Kapha controls anabolism or the building up of the body including the growth of new cells as well as the cellular repair. Kapha exhibits the qualities of heavy, slow/dull, cool (cold), oily, smooth/slimy, dense, liquid, soft, static, gross, cloudy and sticky. These qualities determine the characteristics of Kapha Dosha and a Kapha individual.

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Pitta Dosha: An Explanation

Pitta Dosha: An Explanation

Pitta dosha is the dosha of digestion, absorption and assimilation. Pitta comes from the Sanskrit word tapas meaning “to heat.” Pitta controls the digestive and endocrine systems as well as the metabolism. Pitta exhibits the qualities of slightly oily, sharp, hot, light and liquid. These qualities determine the characteristics of Pitta Dosha and a Pitta individual.

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Dosha Types

Dosha Types

There are three dosha types in Ayurveda: vata, pitta and kapha. The word “dosha” doesn’t have a perfect translation; however, when most people think of what their dosha is, they are thinking of their Prakruti. In Ayurveda, Prakruti refers to your individual inherent nature or constitution that determines your physical, physiological and mental character as well as disease vulnerability. Prakruti is often referred to as your “dosha” or as your “mind/body type.”

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