Vata, Pitta and Kapha: The 3 Doshas that determine your personality and health [Part-1]

Vata, Pitta and Kapha: The 3 Doshas that determine your personality and health [Part-1]

We all have different personalities and characteristics of our individual nature. But have you ever wondered what exactly makes each of our individual nature and personality unique and different from the other people? Why are some people hyperactive and fast, while others show calmness and stillness in their activities? Why do some people always feel naturally joyful, while others seem to carry the weight of the world on their shoulders? Why some people need more sleep than others? Why do some people feel hungry every couple of hours, while some don’t feel hungry so often? Ayurveda answers all of these questions with – Vāta, Pitta, and Kapha – The 3 Doshas that determine your personality and health.

Ayurveda defines health as a state of physical, psychological, social and spiritual well-being. It is based on the theory of Panchamahabhoota the five basic elements – Space (also called Ether), Air, Fire, Water and Earth, and Tridoshas the three biological natures – Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. These are present in each and every cell of our body along with mind and spirit. All that exists in the universe, exists within us.

5 body elements

Our body contains these same five elements (Space, Air, Fire, Water, and Earth) in different amounts, and this is responsible for our Prakriti (body type). With the combination of these 5 elements, our body gets categorized into Vāta, Pitta or Kapha Prakruti and this is how we get our unique personality types.

 vata pitta kapha

What are the Three Doshas?

The Doshas are biological energies that are found throughout the human body and mind. They perform all the physical and mental processes inside the body and provide every human being a blueprint for his physical and mental health.

Poison is natural and inherent to some snakes. Similarly, the Prakruti is inherent to humans. Our body type is decided during conception, based on qualities of sperm and ovum.

How are Tridoshas spread in the body?

The Tridoshas are present all over the body. But each of their presence is especially dominant in particular parts of our bodies.

If you divide our body into three parts:

  1. The top part, from head to chest (sinuses, nostrils, throat, bronchi) is dominated by Kapha Dosha.
  2. The middle part, between chest and naval/belly button (liver, spleen, gall bladder, stomach, duodenum, pancreas) is dominated by Pitta Dosha,
  3. The lower part, below navel/belly button (small intestine, large intestine) is dominated by Vāta Dosha.

body parts dominated by the 3 doshas

Depending on the combination of the 5 elements in your body, the intensity of these Doshas vary. Which in turn makes up for your body type and personality.

I am sure, if you have read so far you must also want to know what is your own Prakruti / body type. How are the Doshas influencing your personality/nature? You might also want to know what exactly are the different characteristics of these 3 Doshas? 

I have explained all of this in detail in the next part of this blog, click here – KNOW YOUR BODY TYPE AND PERSONALITY – VĀTA, PITTA, KAPHA [PART2]

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