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Dosha Overview

Ayurveda doshas type signs
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Dosha overview

About your mind-body type

In Ayurveda, three doshas are present in everyone to some degree. How they appear, and in what proportion, is what makes each person unique. Usually one or two doshas predominate, dictating your tendencies in mind and body.

The three doshas—Vata, Pitta, and Kapha—are believed to govern various mind-body characteristics. Here's a matrix outlining key attributes associated with each dosha:

It's important to note that while individuals are often dominant in one dosha, everyone has a unique combination of Vata, Pitta, and Kapha qualities. Ayurveda emphasizes maintaining a balance among these doshas for overall well-being.

Characteristics Vata Pitta Kapha
Mind Characteristics
Creative, imaginative
Sharp intellect, focused
Calm, steady, nurturing
Emotional Traits
Anxious, airy emotions
Intense, passionate
Patient, affectionate
Physical Build
Slim, slender
Medium, muscular
Stocky, well-built
Digestive Pattern
Irregular, variable
Strong, efficient
Slow, steady
Energy Levels
Variable, bursts of energy
Consistent energy flow
Stable, enduring energy
Sleep Patterns
Light, may have insomnia
Moderate, sound sleep
Deep, prolonged sleep
Skin Type
Dry, prone to roughness
Sensitive, prone to rashes
Smooth, oily complexion
Hair Type
Dry, frizzy
Straight, fine
Thick, wavy
Variable, erratic
Strong, intense
Steady, moderate
Response to Stress
Anxiety, fear
Irritability, anger
Complacency, withdrawal
Climate Preference
Warm, avoids cold
Moderate, dislikes heat
Warm, dislikes cold

Dosha imbalances overview

About your mind-body imbalance type

In Ayurveda, imbalances or disturbances in the doshas are referred to as Vikriti. Here's a matrix outlining key characteristics associated with imbalances in each dosha:

Imbalance Characteristics Vata Pitta Kapha
Mind Imbalance Traits
Anxiety, fear, restlessness
Irritability, aggression
Attachment, lethargy
Emotional Disturbances
Nervousness, insecurity
Frustration, impatience
Possessiveness, depression
Physical Symptoms
Dry skin, constipation
Inflammation, acidity
Congestion, weight gain
Digestive Issues
Gas, bloating, irregularity
Heartburn, indigestion
Slow digestion, heaviness
Energy Fluctuations
Fatigue, unpredictable
Burnout, excessive heat
Sluggishness, lethargy
Insomnia, disturbed sleep
Sleeplessness, overheating
Excessive sleep, heaviness
Skin and Hair Issues
Dryness, brittle hair
Inflammation, sensitive skin
Oiliness, excessive hair
Appetite Changes
Variable, erratic
Intense, increased hunger
Reduced, sluggish digestion
Response to Stress
Escapism, avoidance
Aggressiveness, confrontation
Withdrawal, emotional eating
Climate Discomfort
Intolerance to cold
Intolerance to heat
Discomfort in damp conditions

Balancing the doshas through lifestyle, diet, and practices is essential in Ayurveda to prevent or address these imbalances and maintain overall health and well-being. Individual constitution (Prakriti) and current imbalances (Vikriti) are considered for personalized Ayurvedic recommendations.

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