Vata, also known as wind, is the dosha of air and space. It’s responsible for all movement, and governs sensory and mental balance, adaptability and comprehension.
Vata types are quick moving free spirits. When in balance, they are energetic, creative and flexible.
When Vata is out of balance, it typically manifests as anxiety, insomnia, constipation, nervous system and mental disorders, pain and arthritis.
Pitta is the dosha of fire and water, though fire is it’s main element, it’s responsible for digestion, transformation, and metabolism, and governs our capacity to percieve reality.
Pitta types are very passionate, motivated and driven, and prone to perfection
When Pitta is out of balance, it manifests as fevers, infections, inflammation, red and inflamed skin, acid reflux, and fiery-tempers.
Kapha is the dosha of earth and water. It is responsible for stability, lubrication, and substance, and provides emotional support and positive emotions.
Kapha types are patient, loving, gentle and calm
When Kapha is out of balance, it manifests with excessive mucus, slow digestion, weight gain, edema, lung and sinus congestion, excessive sleep, lethargy and depression.
What’s YOUR Dosha?
~ Explore Your Prakriti ~
The concept of doshas is foundational in the teachings of Ayurveda. Put simply, doshas are energies within the body that influence how we feel, how we think, and how we act. Though we each have all three doshas within us, we typically have one dominant dosha that influences our physical, mental, and emotional characteristics.
The elements that compose each dosha are ether (space), air, fire, water, and earth. They combine in different pairs to form the primary energies contained within each of the three doshas:
Circle these answers based on the state of your natural being throughout your life. The focus is you, the real you, not what happens to be true recently, nor what you wish to be. Add up the totals for each V,P, and K at the end. The test will tell you if you are Vata, Pitta, Kapha or any combination of the three.