312: What’s your Dosha Baby?

ayurvedaThousands of years ago ancient philosophers and scientists devised a health system called Ayurveda or ‘the science of life’. The idea was to keep the body in tip top condition so practitioners (of yoga) could continue to nourish their bodies. Ayurveda is the sister science of yoga.

Knowing what Dosha you are is akin to knowing your star sign in the ancient science of Ayurvedic medicine.A Dosha is a set of qualities or personality traits which fall into three distinct groups. These are Pitta, Kapha and Vata.Knowing what Dosha you are is akin to knowing your star sign. It is also helpful to know about yourself in more detail and how you relate to the other Doshas.

For example, I’m Vata mainly. I always wondered why I got disturbed after flying and I was always cold. I read about my Dosha and these were the main characteristics. It helped me understand what food I should eat, how I should keep a routine and other practices I should follow to keep in balance.

There is a lot more reading here and an online test you can take to find out what you are. It’s quite likely that you are a combination.
http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-1117/Ayurveda-Dosha-Types-for-Beginners.html
The text below is taken from that article.
Here is another site from the book ‘What’s your Dosha Baby’. If you click on the stars it shows you more info about your Doshas.
http://www.whatsyourdosha.com/

Practice for today: Take an online test to find out what combination of Doshas you are. Think about your significant others as well. How can knowing this help you relate to them better? By knowing yourself, or self study, you open doors to accept more people and there quirkiness into your life.

Characteristics for Vata predominant types: Creative; Quick to learn and grasp new knowledge, but also quick to forget, Slender; Tall and a fast-walker; Tendency toward cold hands and feet, discomfort in cold climates; Excitable, lively, fun personality; Changeable moods; Irregular daily routine; High energy in short bursts; Tendency to tire easily and to overexert; Full of joy and enthusiasm when in balance; Responds to stress with fear, worry, and anxiety, especially when out of balance; Tendency to act on impulse; Often have racing, disjointed thoughts; Generally have dry skin and dry hair and don’t perspire much.

Characteristics for Pitta Predominant Types: Medium physique, strong, well-built; Sharp mind, good concentration powers; Orderly, focused; Assertive, self-confident, and entrepreneurial at their best; Aggressive, demanding, pushy when out of balance; Competitive, enjoy challenges; Passionate and romantic; Strong digestion, strong appetite, get irritated if they have to miss or wait for a meal; When under stress, Pittas become irritated and angry; Skin fair or reddish, often with freckles; sunburns easily; Uncomfortable in sun or hot weather, heat makes them very tired; Perspire a lot; Good public speakers; Generally good management and leadership ability, but can become authoritarian; Subject to temper tantrums, impatience, and anger; Typical physical problems include rashes or inflammations of the skin, acne, boils, skin cancer, ulcers, heartburn, acid stomach, insomnia, dry or burning eyes.

Characteristics for Kapha Predominant Types: Easygoing, relaxed, slow-paced; Affectionate and loving; Forgiving, compassionate, nonjudgmental nature; Stable and reliable; faithful; Physically strong and with a sturdy, heavier build; Have the most energy of all constitutions, but it is steady and enduring; Slow speech, reflecting a deliberate thought process; Slower to learn, but outstanding long-term memory; Soft hair and skin; tendency to have large “soft” eyes and a low, soft voice; Tend toward being overweight; may also suffer from sluggish digestion; Prone to depression; More self-sufficient; Gentle, and essentially undemanding approach to life; Excellent health, good immune system; Very calm; strive to maintain harmony and peace in their surroundings; Not easily upset and can be a point of stability for others; Tend to be possessive and hold on to things. Don’t like cold, damp weather; Physical problems include colds and congestion, sinus headaches, respiratory problems including asthma, allergies, and atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries).

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