Doshas- Three Mind-Body Types
Does this story sound familiar? Imagine you and two friends walk into a restaurant only to find they have no reservation for you. The first friend quickly accosts the maitre d' and demands a table immediately. Your second friend has wondered over to the fish tank and is enjoying a quiet moment. And you are turning to anyone who will listen and apologizing for not calling and checking on the reservation. This is three very different responses to the same circumstance.
For years I tried not to talk so much, eat just 3 meals a day and exercise constantly to build muscle. No matter what diet or exercise I tried it just did not work for me. I thought it was my fault for not having enough willpower until I learned about Ayurveda, which is a 5,000 year old Science of life. In Ayurveda, health is defined as the dynamic state of balance between mind, body, and environment.
In Ayurveda there are 5 elements found in all living things, ether, air, fire, water and earth. The manifestation of these elements through the Doshas is what makes us different. Through these five elements, the Doshas are derived - Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. These are mind-body types that are a unique blend of physical, emotional and mental characteristics. Learning what type of "cookie" or "Dosha" we are helps us to know how to live.
God made us all unique but he had a recipe. We just do not know the ingredients that make up our unique constitution. I think Ayurveda is a reference for us to understand God's recipe. There could be 1,000 cookie recipes in a cookbook. They may all have the same basic ingredients; sugar, flour, eggs, flavoring and baking powder. But a chocolate chip is very different from a lemon drop.
In the story above the fiery, angry friend was a Pitta. The friend at the fish tank was a Kapha and you were a Vata. You may have a different mind and body type. You could have a kapha mind that is happy relaxing and a Pitta body that is muscular. So you might be happy with just a bike ride instead of an intense workout at the gym.
When in balance, a Pitta is muscular, has great digestion, is a good leader and is forceful. When out of balance, a Pitta is quick to become angry, argumentative, thinks they are right and may exercise too much.
When in balance, a Kapha is calm, focusses on one project at a time, sleeps well, may exercise by walking and savors their food. Out of balance, a Kapha vegges in front of the TV, is overweight, has no initiative and sleeps too much.
In balance, a Vata is creative, slim, enjoys exercises like Yoga and listens as well as talks. Out of balance, a Vata talks non stop, feels guilty, needs more sleep and has poor digestion.
Learn to balance your mind-body and environment to enrich your life.
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