Ayurvedic Body Types

ust as it is good to know your basic size (Small, Medium or large) when going out clothes shopping, in order to live a happy, healthy and wholesome life, it is recommended to acquaint yourself with your body types, the Ayurveda way.

What Do We Mean By Ayurvedic Body Types?

The age old science of Ayurveda or the Science of Life stresses on the fact that each human being is made up of a combination of three types of energies or doshas, namely – Vata (air and space), Pitta (fire and water) and Kapha (water and earth). These in turn are composed of five basic energies that are Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Space.

Since the three energies, Vata, Pitta and Kapha are present in every individual in varying proportions, it is thus not possible for any two people to be exactly the same. While in some people Vata and Pitta may be stronger, in others, Pitta and Kapha may be stronger and so on.

In fact, Ayurveda Doshas in humans may be present in the following varying combinations Vata Pitta Kapha

• Vata – Pitta

• Vata – Kapha

• Pitta – Vata

• Pitta – Kapha

• Kapha – Pitta

• Kapha – Vata

Ayurvedic Body Types : How They Define an Individual

Your constitutional Ayurvedic Body type determines your innate nature, metabolic activities, general disposition, physical attributes, overall health and also mental wellbeing. Each and every Ayurvedic principle is based on the belief that it is necessary to maintain a balance between all three constitutional doshas so as to be healthy and happy. Any imbalance between the three doshas can lead to ill health, unhappiness and a low quality of life. Hence, in order to keep your dosha in balance, it is a must to find out your constitutional Ayurvedic body type first and for this, it is recommended that you  consult an Ayurvedic Doctor.

Some common traits of Vata, Pitta and Kapha Ayurvedic Body Types:

Vata Ayurvedic Body Type: Thin and lean body with prominent joints, dry, cracked and brown skin, dry hair, become very worried, especially under stress, creative bent of mind, enthusiastic and lively people, tendency to walk and talk fast, often restless and sensitive, irregular digestion patterns, lack of focus etc.

Pitta Ayurvedic Body Type: Well built, medium height and delicate yet strong, straight hair, fair skin, good appetite, become irritable if they have to miss a meal, sharp & self confident, good concentration power, articulate, sharp tongued, stubborn, impatient and argumentative, romantic and passionate, good at managing and organizing things, etc.

Kapha Ayurvedic Body Type: Strong, sturdy and well built, tendency to become overweight, sluggish or slow digestion, soft hair, enjoy good health, gentle, tend to be a source of support to other people, do not get angry easily, prone to depression, very good memory, get attached to people and things quickly, etc.

Once you know about your Ayurvedic Body Type which mainly attributes to the dosha which is dominant within you, you could understand better the needs of your body and can start taking corrective actions to bring about a balance within your doshas. This can be done by eating food items that pacify your doshas as well as avoiding those that aggravate them, following a lifestyle that does well for your body and mind & and which aids in maintaining optimal health.

About the Author

Dr. Sonica Krishan is an Author, Freelance Health Writer, Editor, Ayurveda Consultant at Herboveda and Holistic Healing Coach based at Chandigarh, India. She has a Bachelor’s in Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery and also an Advance Diploma in Naturopathy and Yoga.  She has authored three natural home cure books: Herbal Healers, Home Remedies, and Healing Through Ayurveda. You may contact her at sonicakrishan@gmail.com or visit her website http://www.herboveda.co.in.

Note – Information presented in this article is solely for the purpose of imparting education on Ayurveda and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or mitigate any disease. If you have a medical condition, please consult a qualified health professional.


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Note – Information presented in this article is solely for the purpose of imparting education on Ayurveda and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or mitigate any disease. If you have a medical condition, please consult a qualified health professional.

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