Which dosha type are you?
Understanding your individual dosha can help you understand your health, ailments and diseases. There are many ‘quizzes’ throughout the internet which help you to determine your ‘mind-body type’, but really it’s a lot more complicated than that. If we are so individual, as ayurveda suggests, how can we pigeon-hole ourselves so easily into the results of an online quiz.
Now don’t get me wrong, when I first heard about ayurveda my initial thought was ‘I wonder what my constitution is?’. Of course. I’m pretty sure this is most peoples first interest. Therefore finding an easy online questionnaire to help determine this is very tempting, and a bit of fun. But always remember you are simply filling in the tick boxes for an algorithm that doesn’t have the luxury of meeting you face to face, considering your complexion, your voice, your hair, eyes, skin and nails. It can’t check your tongue, or feel your pulse.. but it is a fun place to start!
Once you have an understanding of which dosha type you are dominant in, it is interesting to learn about that dosha. You may have strong levels of one dosha in particular, with a second and third following behind. Or you may have fairly equal levels in two together, and the third trailing behind. But again we always have varying levels of each dosha and don’t forget we all have all three, it is simply the dominant one/s we are referring to with your type as they will be the ones that are effected most commonly by internal and external influences. Along with this, if we know our dominant dosha we can learn to eat and live accordingly without creating an increase or decrease of that dosha.
The Three Dosha
Vata is made up of ether and air. It has a lightness about it and people who are vata-dominant type people, will often show characteristics of this lightness. They sleep little due to their active minds. They walk fast and talk a lot. These restless minds may struggle to stick to one subject for too long. They can be creative and fun, yet prone to anxiety and worry. Generally speaking they are slim due to their fast metabolism, and quite tall or short. As they have a high level of air in their nature, they may suffer from dry skin, brittle nails, dry hair, bloating and wind. But they have an air of elegance about them, light on their feet. They would fly away if only they had wings.
Pitta is fire and water. Water is often forgotten when referring to pitta, as the fire element is so strong here. Pitta-type people can be determined leaders/competitive achievers. Athletically built with a strong digestion. They are the go-getters and the winners! Of course, this must be kept in check or pitta may increase dramatically causing irritation, anger and internal inflammation; emotionally domineering and judgemental of others. Calming foods and calming lifestyles are best to keep pitta cool. As mentioned before, the belief that ‘like attracts like’ can be particularly dangerous for those with pitta-type constitutions. Too much heat will quickly develop into inflammation and other such problems.
Kapha is of water and earth. A grounded figure offering love and attachment. They have a slower pace in life, noticeably in their thoughts and speech. Kapha-type people also tend to have a slower digestion. This often means kapha people may carry a little more weight. They are the carers and the sharers. Kindness, love and generosity drives them, when in balance. Kapha has the attributes of heavy, sticky and cold; too much food in similarity to a kapha-type persons nature will slow the digestion down even more and create a heavy sticky mentality, attachment, jealousy and greed can seep in.