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Ayurveda Dosha Types - How To Work With Your Body

December 24th, 2007 · No Comments

Ladies, still wondering why it’s so hard for your to lose weight? Or to gain weight?

Still envying the next door girl who can eat like a cow everyday and still be slim and fit without exercising?

Still blaming the fact that you have bad genes, so that even on a strict H2O diet you are still gaining weight?!

Well, looks like it’s going to be that way for a loooong time. No doubt you’ve heard about this issue countless of times from many other media. But have you heard about Ayurveda? And how its dosha types shed some light about why your body is the way it is?

Welcome to the world of Ayurveda. Let me be the first to tell you, that Ayurveda is not all about doshas (body type), but there’s a whole lot more about it. For starters, Ayurveda literally means the Science of Life. Ayur - life, Vedic - knowledge. It’s about living well, about how to live well, about living the best way possible. It’s rooted in the Hinduism tradition ( you guessed, right?), and it’s a fascinating subject. You can even go to school studying Ayurveda.

So let’s go back to the doshas and the questions above. Why is it that we have different body types? For example, why as a Kapha I need to exercise vigorously and it’s good for me, while my Vata friend shouldn’t exert too much of herself or it’ll have a bad effect on her? Too make it worse, why do I as a Kapha is more prone to just sit around and be inactive and my Vata friend is more inclined to be super active? Why are we more inclined to do the ‘bad’ things?! Darn it!

Ayurveda tries to explain this, and I’ll try to summarize it a bit. First of all, resigned yourself to the fate that you are one of the three types that Ayurveda assigns you to. And that there is no way in heaven that your type is gonna change anytime soon (just like MBTI =D). Basically according to Ayurveda, you are who you are because you were ‘built’ that way. There is no changing it, only to work with it.

Here goes:

Kapha - you have the ‘talent’ to be chubby, you look at exercise with disdain, and you like to laze around like a cat.

Vata - you have the ‘talent’ to be thin because whatever you eat, you can’t seem to gain weight, you wish your boobs are bigger, you are energetic and love excercise, and you love activity and do them often.

Pitta - you are the ‘luckiest’; not so chubby, not so thin, you can eat whatever and it won’t show, your boobs are perfect, you love excercise and do them willingly.

Here are a couple of links where you can determine your Dosha type:



So no one said life is fair, and the above is just another example why life is not. So Ladies, lets just suck it up, and move on to how we can deal with our bodies.

Kapha girls, there is not way getting around it. You must excercise, if you are to maintain good health and not be overweight by the time you’re 40.

Vata girls, stop going to the gym too much. You think it’s good for you? Well think again. Too much exertion is not good for you, you’ll get all irritated, and besides, let the Kaphas use more of the equipment.

Pitta girls, there are no real rules for you, I guess. I don’t think you have a problem in the first place, right?

According to Ayurveda, when you do things that are not recommended to your dosha type, you will become imbalanced, irritated, and out of your element. So it would make sense to look into how you can be yourself better. No one would want to become imbalanced, right? Who have ever heard someone said “I want to become imbalanced!”? If anything, we’re obsessed with perfection, being an all-around balanced person; we want it all!

So if you want to understand more about how your body works, Ayurveda is definitely worth checking out. Aahhh… the unlimited number of ways to learn about yourself, aren’t you tired yet? All this information? From everywhere? =)

It can be kinda confusing searching for Ayurveda information on the internet, I found that books are best. Below are some that that I think really gives a great overview about what Ayurveda really is.

Essential Ayurveda: What It Is and What It Can Do for You

The Complete Book of Ayurvedic Home Remedies

Ayurveda: The Science of Self-Healing

Unfortunately I don’t have any fave Ayurveda website, but if you want more info, as always, Google is your best friend.

Happy discovering!

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