If you are a reader of ALT/HEALTHY, you are well aware that we are all energetic beings and each of us were born with a unique blueprint that makes us who we are. Some of us are more watery, others more fiery, others Earthy, others airy and others spacey. The ancient rishis in India have known about these subtle energies for over 5000 years and created a system called Ayurveda to relate them to the mind and body for optimal health.
My name is Sahara Rose and I’m the best-selling author of the Idiot’s Guide to Ayurveda and the upcoming Eat Feel Fresh: A Contemporary Plant-Based Ayurvedic Cookbook, both with forewords by Deepak Chopra. I was born with the sacred mission to reawaken this ancient healing practice in the hearts of conscious beings like yourself and I am so honored to be sharing this wisdom with you today.
Ayurveda may seem complex from the outside, like eating clean and staying fit may have first been for you, but it is actually quite intuitive. You already have a strong understanding of energies so you are far ahead of most people. Learning about Ayurveda is like relearning a language your soul once spoke for thousands of years. Once you understand the Doshas, you’ll soon see everything from their lens and understand the nuances and patterns of life in a deeper way.
Have you ever noticed that your friend can get away with eating yogurt every morning but even just a little bit of dairy makes you break-out? Or that your other friend is thriving off her Paleo diet but too much meat makes you bloated for days? That is because we each have unique mind-body types, called Doshas in Ayurveda. Therefore, a diet that may be medicine for me may be poison for you.
According to Ayurveda, we each need different diets according to our Doshas, or mind-body types. There are three types: Vata, Pitta and Kapha.
Vata= air + space (2/3 air, 1/3 space)
Pitta= fire + water (2/3 fire, 1/3 water)
Kapha = Earth + water (2/3 Earth, 1/3 water)
To make it simpler, I like to think of them as:
Vata= the airy Dosha
Pitta= the fiery Dosha
Kapha= the Earthy Dosha.
About Each Dosha
Vata is cold, dry and ever-moving, like the Fall wind.
Mentally, Vata types are creative freethinkers who require constant change, easily becoming bored with the mundane. Ideas circulate through their minds like the Autumn leaves and sometimes it’s difficult to organize the tornado in their heads. They’re big over-thinkers and when out of balance are prone towards anxiety, eating disorders and insomnia.
Vata types have vivid dreams, with thoughts flowing through their minds between the hours 2-6am, when Vata time is highest.
Physically, Vatas are cold and dry like the Fall leaves. They have dry skin and hair and often feel cold. Their appetite varies like the wind, sometimes strong and other times meek. They love movement and exercise, but can easily overwork themselves, becoming fatigued and weak.
Internally, Vata types are prone towards accumulation of air (bloating and gas) and dryness in the colon (constipation.)
Celebrity examples: Steve Jobs, Nathalie Portman, Orlando Bloom, Ashton Kutcher, Kiera Knightley, Will Smith
Pitta is fiery like the summer heat.
Mentally, Pitta types are driven hard-workers who thrive in competition. They’re task-oriented realists that will do whatever it takes to get the job done. Excessive heat accumulation can cause them to become impatient and agitated, though they’re generally strong leaders. However, if you get on their bad side, they can have an anger attack, like an erupting volcano.
Physically, Pitta types contain a great deal of heat that needs to be released. You can often see the signs of fire in their body manifesting as red tones in their hair and a flushed face. They become overheated easily and cannot tolerate hot, humid days. They perspire more than the other Doshas and are naturally well-muscled. They require strenuous exercise to cool down their bodies and can become addicted to exercise. They have more oily skin and hair that is prone towards acne.
Internally, Pitta types contain a great deal of fire and are able to digest about anything. They often expel superfluous stomach acid, suffering from heartburn and hyperacidity. They do best in routine and their fire comes out when they’re missed a meal!
Celebrity Examples: Madonna, Jennifer Anniston, Brad Pitt, Kobe Bryant, Cristiano Rinaldo, Donald Trump
Kapha is moist, soothing and cold like the Spring.
Mentally, Kapha types are patient, kind and loyal. They are humorous good-listeners who everyone comes to when they need a rock. I call them Oprah or Grandmother energy. They love giving to others and are that friend you just want to hug. However, Kapha types tend to suppress their throat chakras and lock in caged emotions, feeling lonely and depressed. They are prone towards self-indulgent behaviors and binge-eating, convincing themselves it’s a better idea to stay home and start their workout routine on another day. They’re slow to initiate change and find comfort in their routine.
Physically, Kapha types tend to overeat and are prone towards water retention, sluggish metabolism and weight-gain. It can feel impossible for them to lose the weight and even if someone else ate fries NEXT to them, they’ll still feel like they’re the one gaining the weight. Kapha types have cold hands and feet due to poor circulation and often suffer from water retention and puffiness. However, unlike Vata they do not have dry and rough but rather moist and soft skin. In fact, Kaphas have the best skin of the Doshas and tend to age fantastically! (There’s a good side to everything!)
Internally, Kapha types have a slow metabolism, often feeling sluggish after a meal. They are attracted to rich, creamy foods like dairy and desserts which have similar characteristics to Kapha energy, making them feel more heavy.
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What if you relate to all three?
That is totally normal—in fact we are ALL a combination of all three Doshas, just in varying amounts. Just like in astrology, you aren’t just ONE sign. In Ayurveda you aren’t only one Dosha, but a combination of them all. You may be primarily Vata, secondarily Pitta, lastly Kapha or another order.
Confused about what your Dosha is?
Take my interactive Dosha quiz on IAmSaharaRose.com! Unlike any other quiz, my quiz will break down the Dosha in your mind and in your body in exact percentages, giving you a detailed analysis of what your Dosha is.
To learn more about the Doshas, check out my book Idiot’s Guide to Ayurveda.
Stay tuned for my upcoming cookbook, Eat Feel Fresh: A Contemporary Plant-Based Ayurvedic Cookbook, also with foreword by Deepak Chopra, which you can pre-order here.
Check out my podcast Highest Self, which is the #1 spirituality podcast on iTunes (and will soon feature our queen Mia Astral to talk all about the astrological signs and the Doshas!)