Ayurvedic living for optimal, balanced health
What are Doshas?
In Ayurvedic medicine, the focus is on prevention. Prevention of disease comes from the food we eat, the activities we do and the routines we create for ourselves. There are 3 doshas, made up of the 5 natural elements - air, ether, fire, water, and earth.
Whether you are Kapha, Vata or Pitta, you will have a combination of these elements. The difference between the doshas lies in the natural balance of each element...
You probably know someone who is hot tempered, energetic, thin framed with dry hair. You may also know someone who is round, has a pretty calm mood, prefers a sedentary lifestyle with thick, wavy hair. Of course, these are generic examples of the dosha personalities, but it does help to understand the profound effect that your dosha has on your life.
It is who you are, your essence...
How do I know which Dosha I am?
Finding your dosha is quite easy, although it does require an honest self-assessment. To get an idea, take a look at the Fuddhist chart below and explore the qualities of each dosha.
Hopefully you've begun to recognize yourself, and maybe others in the three doshas. Acknowledging our fundamental make-up can help us understand ourselves, as well as others, on a more compassionate level. A balanced dosha will present itself differently than an unbalanced dosha and so it is important to take into account any stress or major life changes that may be affecting your current well-being.
Times of stress, as well as seasonal changes, make for perfect opportunities for disease to enter. Knowing your dosha can greatly improve your chance of preventing illness.
Let's dive in a bit further...
Now, that may be a lot of information to take in all at once and it may not all apply to you. Each of us has a unique balance of the five elements within our dosha. Like most things, it is not a 'one size fits all every time' situation... It is however an incredibly powerful framework to begin knowing your mind and body in a deeper way.
Take a Dosha Quiz
Still not sure which one is more you? Not to worry - we've found a great test that we'd like to share with you. Banyan Botanicals offers a free Dosha quiz that offers you an Ayurvedic profile. While they do offer many supplements and products, Unalome Yoga Roatan does not have any sort of partnership or affiliation with Banyan Botanicals - we just simply love their Dosha test!
If you prefer a different option, or are super type A and want to take two tests - we also recommend Mapi's free dosha test. Again, Unalome Roatan Yoga is not an affiliate or partner of Mapi, we're just a fan of good tools to better our health.
So now that you've figured out your dosha, what can you do with this information to better your health? There are many small changes you can make to your diet, skin care regime, daily routine, etc. to improve your health based on your dosha.
Remembering to always listen to your body, incorporate a few of the following suggestions and see how it goes. Not everything will work for you and of course, that's okay!
Try what sounds good and go with your gut.
Foods - Spicy, 1/2 cooked veggies, 1/4 carbs, 1/4 lean protein
Oils - Juniper, Ginger, Eucalyptus, Camphor, Clove
Be Active - stimulating, outdoor activities, mental stimulation
Avoid - Cold, damp, oversleeping, overeating, heavy foods
Foods - Mildly spicy, 1/2 carbs, 1/4 cooked veggies, 1/4 protein
Oils - Basil, Orange, Geranium, Frankincense, Myrrh
Be Moderate - Adequate sleep, disciplined schedule
Avoid - Wind, caffeine, travelling, irregular routine & meals
Foods - Mild or no spice, 1/3 carbs, 1/3 veggies, 1/3 protein
Oils - Sandalwood, Lotus, Rose, Jasmine, Khas
Be Calm - Rest & relax, stay cool and simplify
Avoid - Heat, alcohol, smoking, pressure, stress