To understand the Doshas and how they work, it is super helpful to check their qualities. You will see, that all makes sense and you will also learn how to categorize food,habits and seasons to the Doshas. As we mentioned last week, Doshas can be related to the Elements. When we are born, we become an amount of each element and this is what changes during our lifetime – it is connected to the food we eat, the activity level, stress, emotions and so far. So we are all three Doshas – and about what we talk in Ayurveda are the imbalances of the three Doshas, named Vata, Pitta and Kapha.
The windy Vata Dosha
Vata qualities are Dry, Light, Rough, Subtle, Cold, Mobile, Astringent and Clear. When you relate those qualities now to the human body it could look like that:
Dry skin, hair, tongue, voice.
Light body frame, skinny, light bones and muscles, a light sleep.
Rough hair, brittle nails, bumps on skin – especially in Winter time, cracking joints.
Subtle manifests in anxiety, muscle tremors, nervousness.
Cold hands and feet, menstrual irregularities, stiffness in some body parts around joints.
Mobile can be a very flexible body, fast talking and walking people, mood swings, uncertainty.
Astringent means some sort of dryness like hiccups and burps, the cravings for sweet, salty and sour food comes along.
Clear is such a good way to describe Vata Dosha with itS ethereal qualities – philosophy, intuition and an open minded person is what we could relate to this one.
The fiery Pitta Dosha
Pitta comes along with qualities like Hot, Oily, Sharp, Light, Liquid, Sour, Bitter, Pungent. That means in our human bodies:
Hot stands for our Agni, our digestive fire and also a strong and healthy digestion, a higher body temperature, inflammation and acne.
Oily skin, acne again, greasy hair, liquid stool.
Sharp memory, gaze, mind, teeth, voice.
Light colored eyes that are sensitive to bright sunlight and light, an agile body, fair skin.
Liquid stands for sweat, being thirsty, urination.
Sour is manifesting in high stomach acid, excessive salivation, sensitive skin and teeth.
Bitter is vomit and a bitter taste on your tongue and mouth, also a cynical person could be related to that quality.
Pungent means anger, heartburn, burning sensations in your stomach when your acid in the digestive system is too high.
The earthy Kapha Dosha
The qualities are here Cool, Heavy, Slow, Oily, Damp, Soft, Dense, Cloudy, Sweet, Static.
Cool as also in Vata Dosha, think about a person who gets easily cold, a low body temperature, cold hair, low digestion (think about our digestive fire).
Heavy stands for bigger bones, body frames, tendency to gain weight.
Slow digestion and metabolism, slow talking and walking people.
Oily hair, skin and stool here as well.
Damp is manifesting in the sinuses, throat or in headaches, think about clammy hands.
Soft skin, hair, voice, a calm person, relaxed and gentle, big eyes, compassionate.
Dense like thick hair, skin and nails, legs and stool.
Cloudy as a cloudy mind and the feeling you have in your mornings before your first coffee, or after a night without enough sleep.
Sweet cravings and personalities, with the intention to serve people, highly fertile.
Static like lots of sleep, a long-standing energy level during the day, sitting all day is not a big deal.
So this is just a small overview about the gunas. Which do you feel the most related to?
Think about your body and your skin quality, hair status, seize.
Are you easily freezing or are you constantly hot? Do you feel heavy or light in your body? Share with us in the comments which Dosha is mostly related to you, after reading about the related qualities of each Dosha.
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Next Sunday we are going to explain how to balance our Doshas with food, habits and lifestyle during the knowledge of the gunas! What also comes next: I interviewed some beautiful people from the Ayurvedic scene and Wellness family! Share this article if you enjoyed it, spread some healthy vibes in the World Wide Web and leave a comment! Would love to see you here soon again! Namaste!