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Understanding Your Doshas

4 July 2018

Ayurveda draws on the intelligence of nature to form a holistic system of wellness. The practice incorporates five elements – water, earth, air, fire and ether – and works to balance these elements within each individuals body.

According to Ayurveda there are three primary energy patterns in our bodies that come from the five elements. Vata (wind), Pitta (fire) and Kapha (water). These three energy patterns are referred to as ‘Doshas’ in Ayurveda and they form the basis of each of our individual constitutions or makeups. Understanding your dosha is a powerful way to gain a deeper insight into what your body needs in each moment in order to find balance. Whilst you will likely have a predominant dosha, or a combination of two, external elements like the seasons will increase and decrease different doshas at different times.

Delving into the world of doshas is not an exercise in finding out which box you fit into and living from that place, it’s an opportunity to gain an understanding into your unique constitution so that you can continually work to keep yourself in balance and connected to nature.

So, what are the three primary doshas?

Vatta – Wind

Vatta is responsible for controlling our movement and nervous system regulation. It’s predominantly characterized as being; light, cold, dry, irregular, rough, quick, changeable and flighty, essentially all things we associate with wind!

Pitta – Fire

Pitta is our inner fire, which means it controls our digestion and metabolism. Just like fire, Pitta transforms and is fiery in nature! It’s predominantly characterised as being; hot, light, pungent, sharp and intense.

Kapha – Water

Kapha is what forms the structure of the body and holds everything together to form muscle, fat and bone structures. Just like water it is cold, wet and heavy and is referred to as a protective force. It’s predominantly characterised as being; slow, heavy, oily, soft, steady and slow.

Did you identify with one of the doshas above?

A better understanding of your constitution means a better understanding of how to nourish your body on all levels, daily. We’ll be exploring the system of Ayurveda in more depth here on the blog and through our workshop offerings at Willow Urban Retreat. We can’t wait to share more about this incredible system of holistic wellness with you! For more on Ayurveda check out our post here.

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