Healing QA: What Are Doshas?

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Yogi Cameron

by Veria Living Expert: Yogi Cameron

Q:

What are doshas?

A:

As human beings, we are part of Nature. The ancient sages of India determined that human beings possess qualities that relate to the elements found in Nature (fire, water, earth, air, and ether) and the relative abundance or absence of certain elements leads to certain balances or imbalances in our health and personalities. Sometimes we may have too much heat in our body, too much moisture and heaviness in our body, or too much airiness and dryness in our body. When the sages determined that there were patterns in how each person’s body related to the elements of Nature, they created a system of three different energy types that addresses these relative balances and imbalances and therefore helps us to determine how to diagnose illness, account for certain behaviors, and generally help us to resolve issues in our lifestyle.

  • The Pitta dosha accounts for the relative abundance or absence of heat in the body, and is responsible for our body metabolizing the energy we need to live. Those with excessive Pitta energy suffer from issues related to digestion and the skin, often enjoy great focus and productivity, and are prone to irritability and aggression.
  • The Kapha dosha accounts for the relative abundance or absence of moisture and heaviness in the body, and is responsible for creating the sturdiness of the body through its physical form. Those with excessive Kapha energy suffer from issues related to heaviness and diseases like diabetes, often enjoy a particularly laid back and nurturing attitude, and are prone to lethargy and a general sense of inertia.
  • The Vata dosha accounts for the relative abundance or absence of air and dryness in the body, and is responsible for facilitating movement both within the body and through the body’s mobility in the world. Those with excessive Vata energy suffer from issues related movement, such as too much movement in the mind (e.g. anxiety) and not enough movement in the body (e.g. constipation). They enjoy the free-flowing spark of creativity and are prone to flightiness and a short attention span.

Each person has all three doshas in their body, though they occur in greater or smaller amounts in each person — and no two people have the same composition. Ayurvedic doctors and practitioners are able to use a patient’s doshas as a tool for determining how to help them restore balance to their body as a whole..


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