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Know Your Dosha
Ayurveda is a practice that spans thousands of years and many countries. It has become popular in the United States over the past several years. Those who practice Ayurveda reportedly can live more than 100 years. To feel healthy, vibrant, full of energy and at ease, Ayurveda might be right for you.
Ayurveda is treatment-specific to each person. Therapy is intended to bring ease into a person’s life and support all levels of their unique mind and body’s health, daily activities and self-care routines. It is an extremely broad practice primarily focusing on living a life of balance.
In Ayurveda, the five elements (air, space, fire, water and earth) are applied such that any two combine to express a specific energy type. A person’s physical and physiological makeup is defined by that combination of two elements. Ayurveda calls these Doshas. The energies circulate throughout the mind-body and govern physiological activity.
The doshas represent our dominant selves. If you know your dosha, you can tailor a personal diet and lifestyle for optimum health, a general sense of ease, and emotional peace.
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Next, each of the three doshas are described with some tips to keep you feeling well and balanced mentally, physically, and spiritually.
Vata Type – Thin, light, enthusiastic, energetic and changeable
Predominant Vata doshas are active and energetic. Always on the go, they battle with restlessness. They forget as quickly as they learn. Having a fast metabolism, they are generally thin and might wrestle with sensitive digestion. Vatas love excitement and new experiences. They are lively, joyous and creative. They are enthusiastic and high-energy. Their sleep is light.
When out of balance, Vatas are more likely to suffer insomnia, anxiety, headaches, difficulty focusing, dry skin, sore throats, abdominal gas, constipation, and neurological disorders. This is likely due to their high-energy, fast-moving lifestyle.
To balance Vata: maintain a flexible body & daily routine.
Bring warmth, stability, and consistency to your life. Try to get to bed before 10 p.m., and awaken by 6 a.m.; also eat meals on a regular schedule.
Use Fresh ginger root frequently.
Routine massage treatments help to release tight muscles and sooth the mind and body, reducing that high-frequency energy.
Choose light exercise options that enhance balance and flexibility like yoga, Tai Chi, short hikes or golf.
Pitta Type – Intense, intellectual and goal-oriented
Pitta-type people are usually strong, of medium size, and well-built. Pittas are warm, friendly, organized, and bright. They possess strong management skills, discipline, and ambition. Pittas’ flair as public speakers make them natural leaders. Their sexual vigor is greater than Vatas, but less than Kaphas. Pittas enjoy spending money and lavish assets. Pittas do not do well with too much sunlight or intense heat.
Out of balance Pittas can face inner or outer surface area dis-ease. Their love for being the leader, a show-runner and in the public, can become a strain. Pittas risk compulsive and irritable behavior. Their skin may suffer from hypersensitivity, rashes, hives and dry patches, or acne. Other Pitta issues include heartburn and ulcers, inflammatory issues, thinning hair, indigestion, and high blood pressure.
To balance Pitta: aim for calm and solitude.
Choose activities or relaxation that steadies or calms and cools.
Take some free time for journaling, free-writing, or a simple rest to recharge your body daily.
Spend time in nature regularly. This is a great way to get connected with your true self.
Use hotter spices like ginger, cumin, fenugreek black pepper, clove, salt, and mustard seed sparingly. Avoid very hot seasonings like chili peppers, and cayenne.
Meditate regularly. It can help ease the mind, release issues of control, and dissipate anger.
Other calming activities include swimming, walking in nature and gardening.
Kapha Type – Easygoing, methodical and nurturing
Kapha types are resilient, stable and calm. They tend to have a strong, large build and high muscle development. Kaphas tend to be thoughtful, supportive, and loving. They like to prepare and enjoy gourmet foods. They might take their time learning, but they have exceptional memories. Kaphas tend to have a slow, steady pace. They enjoy long, deep sleep.
If Kapha is out of balance, they might sleep too much, experience weight gain, feel sluggish, and risk sinus congestion, water retention, depression, asthma, diabetes, cysts, edema or swelling.
To balance Kapha: spice it up and get moving.
Enjoy light, dry and warm foods.
Reduce all nuts.
Avoid highly processed foods, cold or carbonated drinks, red meat, and alcohol. Processed foods contain chemicals that increase edema, water retention, and create a sense of bliss from processed ingredients, which cause overeating and a false need to eat again sooner.
A vital, hearty exercise routine of jogging, hiking, biking, vigorous forms of yoga or martial arts or other challenging forms of exercise, at least five times per week. Try many things until a few click. Ayurveda aligns treatment with lifestyle and choices. You should feel joy and it is acceptable to mix it up to achieve a five time per week goal. Bring a friend – make it fun.
Grayson Marshall, Jr. – The Metacognition Expert