Ayurveda: What's your type?

Ayurveda: What's your type?

Ayurveda is a holistic healing system of Indian origin. We could call it without a trace of exaggeration the science of wellness or longevity.

Literally, the word "Ayu" means all aspects of life from birth to death, health, life, while the word "Veda" means knowledge, learning, science. From these two words Ayuverda, that is, the "life science", is derived.

In an earlier article we have outlined, as briefly as possible, the basic principles of Ayurveda, of this traditional system of natural medicine that treats man as a single body, spirit and body and body. As a holistic system, Ayurveda focuses on treating the cause rather than the symptom.

Before looking for the cause of a malfunction and the proper ways to restore balance, you need to know what kind of "guy" you are.

Every person is different from each other. It is important to understand your own unique nature, because this is the only way to begin to understand how you interact with your environment, what your needs are and what you need to do to get back in balance.

Three Doshas

Human existence is a miniature of the universe. That is, the human body is made up of the same elements as the universe (in a different form). These five elements are Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Ether.

The combinations of these elements define the three Doshas, ​​called Vata, Pitta, and Kapha.

In Greek, Doshas are translated as Ayurvedic temperament, in the sense of character, body type, emotions, etc. In essence these are three different forces that control all physical and mental functions.

After all, Pitta is our metabolism, Kapha is all our cells, and Vata is the life-giving drive. Without the three actions, we simply could not exist.

Each human being is made up of a unique combination of these three forces. Over the course of a lifetime, the proportion of each of the three Doshas is affected by the environment, diet, age and many other factors.



It is a force consisting of the elements of earth and water in balance.

Kapha types are calm and stable. They follow a methodical way in which they deal with and prefer a routine in their lives.

This tendency of complacency sometimes makes them refuse to change even when they have to.

Their metabolism is slow and they tend to gain weight easily.

High Kapha causes mucosal concentrations in the nasal cavity, lungs and colon. Also, these guys are stubborn in mind.



It is a force that consists of the interaction of fire and water representing transformation.

Pitta types have intensity and passion due to fire. They are born leaders and easily acquire new skills.

Their body type is medium, they have muscular mass, increased metabolism and good digestion. If they eat too late, they will get very angry.

They usually suffer from inflammation, rashes, acne, stomach ulcers and various liver problems.

These guys need to learn to recognize their destructive power and channel it productively.


It is a force composed of the elements of ether and air, reflecting movement.

Vata types are creative and energetic. They love to travel and make new acquaintances.

At the physical level they tend to be fine, their digestion not good and they exhibit a volatile appetite.

Equally volatile is their mood and emotions. In essence we are talking about moody people.

One of the most common problems they face is insomnia. They also have low immunity, which makes them prone to the cold. Due to stress they face various psychosomatic disorders.



We must remember that we are all a combination of the three Doshas in different proportions each of us.

Usually, there is a Doshas or at most two. Depending on your "type", the expert will recommend the appropriate diet in case your balance is disturbed. Special programs include not only food and herbs, but also fragrances, colors, massages, detoxification, yoga and meditation.

Of course, this process cannot be said to have a distinct end in the sense that there is always scope for self-improvement. After all, as one saying goes, "the enemy of the good is the best"!



Chopra Deepak (2007), Perfect Health, Three Rivers Press New York.

Elizabeth De Michelis, (2005), Α history of modern Yoga, Harmony.

Knut A. Jacobsen (2008), Theory and Practice of Yoga: Essays in Honour of Gerald James Larson, Motilal Banarsidass.

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