What is Ayurveda? What Dosha Am I?

Since I’ve become completely engrossed and fascinated by Ayurveda, I thought I would compile an introduction with recommended readings and quizzes….. how very Pitta Kapha of me 😉Tridosha_web

Ayurveda is a holistic science of life and health (Ayur = life,Veda = science or knowledge). It focuses on maintaining a physically, emotionally and spiritually balanced state. It’s often often called the sister science of yoga.

  • “Ayurveda is rooted in India’s most cherished scriptures known as the Vedas, which date to about B.C. 1500. Of the four Vedas, two of them—the Rig Veda and Atharva Veda- give detailed information about healing, surgery, and longevity.”
  • We are composed of body, mind and soul. True health is achieved by union of these three, fragmentation leads to illness. “A life of balance has no extremes and very little fragmentation.”
  • The science of Ayurveda provides guidelines and categories to help us identify our nature so we can best live in harmony and health. These categories are called doshas or “that which has a fault”. Doshas are formed based on genes and life circumstances. You can not change your dosha. However, you can achieve an optimal level of balance.
  • Once you determine your dosha try to incorporate the Ayurvedic recommended diets and activities to achieve balance.
  • VATA – “Swift as a deer, cold as ice. The coldness of the harsh winds against the variegated
    sands of the desert nights”. Composed of air and ether. Mobility. Unique features. Creative. Intuitive/Spiritual. Wiry. Spontaneous.
  • PITTA – “The brilliance of a raging fire dragon in the city of sparkling gems.” Composed of fire and water. Transmutation. Smart. Assertive. Leader. Athletic. Penetrating Eyes.
  • KAPHA – “Solid as a rock, cool as a glimmering stream in the white moonlight.” Composed of earth and water. Absorption. Grounded. Nurturing. Smooth skin. Big round eyes. Sensual.
  • Most people are predominantly two types. When listing your dosha list the primary one first – for example 50% Pitta, 35% Kapha = Pitta Kapha. A small minority are one dosha in pure form or all three evenly (Tridosha).
  • In Ayurveda like increases like – meaning if you eat more Pitta foods your degree of Pitta will increase, if you keep a Vata schedule of activities your degree of Vata will increase.

Recommended quizzes to determine your dosha:

Recommended reading:

Note: Quotes taken from Maya Tiwari’s Ayurveda: A Life of Balance

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