Ancient traditions of the East and other similar societies around the world use Earth based methods to describe and help each other better understand human nature, (as well as other living organism and inert substance’s) on the planet. Ayurveda, is one such tradition from India that goes by an ancient system where its model is holistic and easy for Westerners to comprehend. This system provides us with a wellness guideline in ones quest for health though I much prefer to call it for ones quest in ‘optimal flow’, as our health is always in a flux of an ebb and flow.
In particular, this system interprets and exemplifies for humans, how we and other living organisms (microbes) and inert substances (atomic structures) embody these qualities, energies, resonance, patterns, etc. depicted by the elements of earth, air/space, fire, water, and metal. Ideally this helps us to flesh out and characterize these earth element in humans, animals, plants and things. And it does this in a way that helps us makes sense of the flux and flow of balance and harmony.
I’ve simplified this for you so that you may use it in your every day life. So, lets get started.
The general term, Dosha is an Ayurvedic term that means constitution. In this tradition, there are 3 types - Vata, Pitta and Kapha. It is a 5000 year old method of body analysis that can be easily understood by Westerners to manage ones wellness on a daily and seasonal basis without much or any herbal practitioner intervention. Yet if you find you need guidance or you have health imbalances that need attention, please don’t hesitate to contact me or other health professional for assistance or Ayurveda analysis.
The 3 constitution’s are:
Vata – Space / Air - hard, dry, windy, changeable, flighty.
Pitta – Fire / Water - hot, sharp, fleeting, wet, steamy.
Kapha – Water / Earth - wet, dark, dense, heavy, solid.
This is not like palm reading nor is it like a horoscope or like taking ones blood pressure or body type assessment. Yet it has an effect all of these.
You were given a self-analysis tool – the “Dosha Analysis Chart” to fill out. This help’s determine which predominant Dosha you are. Though we embody all 3 types (because we cannot exist missing one of the 5 elements – metal, air, fire, water and earth), it is recommended that we abide by the one that predominates. Through our activities of daily living, eating, how we eat, how we prepare the food we eat, to rest time, activity time, liquid intake, relationships and spiritual practice.
It is suggested to retake the Dosha Analysis every couple of months to see where you are with your constitution. For one big reason, as you adjust your Dosha to each season, your Dosha will be in less extreme’s and become more balanced. For instance, lets say you are predominantly a Pitta. Your ideal time of year is winter where you may feel the best balance. On the flip side, summer may be uncomfortable for you and you may feel imbalanced. The Analysis Chart, the below Dosha descriptions, and the following handouts will help you help yourself adjust your dress, activity of daily living, ideal time of day, food intake and emotional health to better balance summer or which ever season is causing imbalance. Likewise for Vata and Kapha constitutions.
What I love most about working with ones constitutions is that it is adaptable to any dietary recommendation, cleanse, fad diet (not that one should do those, but…) it can be adapted.