A Dosha or Constitution is something we must first learn about ourselves before we can begin trying to heal or improve our physical (and mental) health Our physical health directly affects our mental health and our stomachs are even considered our “second brains”.When you learn about YOUR own Dosha/Constitution you can better determine which foods you should be consuming more or less of. This can be seen as preventative health and living. Preventing disease that is.
There are seven different types of Doshas. They are
- Tri-Dosha (balanced doshas)
Each type of Dosha has its own advantages and disadvantages. So, no one type is better than another.
There are characteristics to each type of dosha. There are, of course, some variances for some depending on how strong their particular constitution is in your body. Your true constitution is the one you were born with and which came to be at about 2 -3 years old. Constitutions can change throughout our lives depending on what we put into our bodies after this age.
Kapha types are generally:
- down to earth
- slow (physically)
- calm and steady
Pitta types are:
- a leader
Vata types are:
- disorganized (spacey)
To find out what type of constitution you have you can take a questionnaire here.
When you learn your results you can begin to see what body type you have and can begin working on learning how your body and mind work.
I took the test and got a Vata-Pitta. Here is what it says:
About Your Dosha
In general, Vata-Pitta types are thin in build, like the pure Vata type. Like your Vata counterparts, you are likely to be quick-moving, friendly, and talkative, but will tend to be more enterprising and have a sharper intellect (both Pitta traits). You will be less likely to approach the extremes of Vata. That is, you won’t be as prone to anxiety or as physically fragile. Your constitution gains overall stability from the influence of Pitta.
You will also have stronger digestion than pure Vata types and greater tolerance for cold, since Pitta improves the circulation. Pure Vata types, who are extremely sensitive to their environment, often fall prey to their intolerance for noise, cold drafts, and physical discomfort, but this is less true of Vata-Pittas. You may experience a tendency towards fear and anger, the negative emotions of the two doshas that predominate in your constitution. When you’re out of balance and under stress, this combination may cause you to become tense, hard-driving, and insecure. For this reason, it’s important to create a daily balancing routine with practices to release stress and emotional turmoil, including meditation, physical exercise, and restful sleep.
I think this is right on point for me.
What did you get? 🙂
Tomorrow I will be posting Part 2 – Mental Constitution.