Different People Have Different Needs
The philosophy of Ayurveda embraces the health of mind and body wellness through the understanding of one's dosha or body type in Ayurveda and the application of the dosha to your life and habits. You find out what Ayurveda body type you are and this dosha can tell you what your strengths and weakness depending on what dosha you are. Each person has a bit of all three dosha's in their makeup but one is usually the most dominate. Identifying your dominant dosha or your Ayurvedic body type, is the first step to then know what you should be looking out for from a health and wellness perspective. According to the theory: know your body type and make the best habits for health in your life. So what are the dosha's and who fits into each?
Ayurvedic Body Types and What They Mean
There are three main dosha's in Ayurveda. They are named Pitta, Vata and Kapha. Each one has a dominant trait and these traits give a description of a more specific body type that you can apply to yourself. There is much more to this than can be given in a nut shell, but there are some basic ideas that you can apply to your own body and psyche to see where you think you most likely belong.
The Vata dosha is the first of the three Ayurvedic body types. This dosha is most normally associated with people who have a light weight and in some cases are underweight. These people tend to like to do things fast such as walking fast and talking fast. They are usually full of ideas and are creative. The Vata dosha personality tends to be anxious and full of stress. Because of this they tend to be irregular both from a bodily function perspective and in how they eat. As a result their digestive systems suffer from things such as bloating and gas. These symptoms might lead to disorders such as arthritis and colon issues. To offset the less favorable traits of the Vata dosha, they should eat and sleep regularly and always get eight hours of sleep at minimum. They should also stay warm and not get too cold. They need a good intake of fluids to stay hydrated and also avoid raw foods.
The Kapha dosha is one who tends to be heavier perhaps overweight but not necessarily so. This Ayurvedic body type seems stay steady in temperment. They tend to keep calm and peaceful. They are loving, kind and some people would even call them sweet individuals. However, they tend to be lazy and lack any get up and go. They like things to stay status quo and don't change very quickly and tend to have many food cravings (hence the overweight issue). As a result, weight is usually always an issue. They tend to have high blood pressure and high cholesterol, get depressed and are more likely to get congestion in many different aspects. The Kapha personality needs to get up out of bed early and do some exercise. They need to avoid meat and dairy after sundown and of course they should stay away from fatty foods.
The last Ayurvedic body type or dosha is the Pitta dosha. Rather than have a physical type this one is given away by their brain and psyche. This dosha tends to be very smart and intelligent. You can see the intelligence in their face, in their eyes and the way they carry themselves. However, because they are smart they tend to be judgmental and critical of others. They work too hard and for too many hours. They are ambitious to a fault. As a result they get ulcers, acid reflux and all the other digestive issues that one gets when they are going full tilt at work. Following the Ayurvedic diet recommendations for this type will help. They will bruise fairly easily and as a result of their work habits they might get headaches a lot or even migraines. These people need to get to bed before ten to recharge but you'll have a heck of a time convincing them of that fact. They should avoid foods that are too hot (temperature wise) and spices that will irritate them.
Once you realize what your dosha is you can then further research them and find out dietary, medical, psychological and spiritual recommendations for these dosha's under the many writings about Ayurvedic beliefs and practices.