Avana Yoga

Which Dosha Type Are You?

Every human being carries three Doshas within him. Knowing your Dosha can help you live a healthier and more balanced life. To determine your Ayurvedic Dosha please mark the table below;

Characteristics Vata Pitta Kapha
Frame o   Thin o   Moderate o   Large
Body Weight o   Low o   Moderate o   Heavy
Skin o   Dry, Rough o   Soft, Oily o   Thick, Oily
Hair o   Dry, Kinky o   Soft, Oily o   Thick, Oily
Eyes o   Small, Dry o   Sharp, Penetrating o   Big, Attractive
Appetite o   Variable, Low o   Good, Sharp o   Slow but steady
Thirst o   Variable o   Excessive o   Slight
Emotional Excesses o   Insecure, Anxious o   Irritable, Aggressive o   Calm, Greedy
Speech o   Fast, unclear o   Sharp, Clear o   Slow, Monotonous
Sleep o   Scanty, Interrupted o   Little but sound o   Deep, Prolonged
Dreams o   Active, Fearful o   Fiery, Angry o   Watery, Romantic
Physical activity o   Hyperactive o   Moderate o   Slow

The Dosha marked most often will generally indicate one`s primary constitution. The Dosha marked next frequently will generally indicate the secondary Dosha. It may happen that the two will be relatively equal; the constitution may be duel (i.e. Vata/Pitta, Vata/Kapha, Pitta/Kapha). Occasionally all three may be relatively equal.

How to balance Dosha:

Vata – When Vata is out of balance, too much air has accumulated in mind, body, and environment. The result is a sense of un-groundedness.

  • Make habit to go to bed and awaken at the same time every day.
  • Meditate every day to quiet the mind.
  • Practice yoga to connect with your body and mind.
  • Wear relaxing and calming fragrances.
  • Eat three meals per day and favor sweet, sour, and salty tastes.
  • Perform a slow daily self-massage with warm relaxing, calming herbal oil.
  • Drink relaxing herbal tea.
  • Look for opportunities to create rhythm and routine in your life.
  • Diffuse relaxing fragrances into your environment.
  • Make goals to complete things once you start them.

Pitta – When Pitta is out of balance, too much fire has accumulated in mind, body, and environment. The result is a sense of internal and external combustion.

  • Spend time outside and in nature.
  • Favor cooling tastes – sweet, bitter, and astringent – and eat with full awareness.
  • Meditate everyday day to soothe the mind and relax the body.
  • Schedule some space in your day.
  • Perform a slow self-massage with soothing herbal oil.
  • Wear soothing fragrances.
  • Favor cool colors – blue, green, and white.
  • Drink soothing herbal tea.
  • Avoid too hot and spicy food and drinks.
  • Diffuse soothing fragrances into your environment.
  • Engage in non-competitive physical activities.
  • Stay cool and calm.

Kapha – When Kapha is out of balance, too much Earth has accumulated in mind, body, and environment. The result is a sense of sluggishness, congestion, and dullness.

  • Awaken at sunrise.
  • Look for opportunities to create healthy change.
  • Favor pungent, bitter, and astringent tastes.
  • Avoid eating when you’re not hungry.
  • Be spontaneous and try new things.
  • Wear invigorating fragrances.
  • Drink invigorating herbal tea.
  • Diffuse invigorating fragrances into your environment.
  • Favor bright strong colors – reds, oranges, and yellows.
  • Meditate twice a day to get clear on your intentions and desires.
  • Perform a vigorous self-massage with warm invigorating herbal oil.
  • Exercise daily.