Vata · Pitta · Kapha

There are three Doshas, and their names are Vata, Pitta and Kapha. They form one of the fundamental understandings contained within the science of Ayurveda, and were first written about more than 5000 years ago.

Each Dosha is made up of two of the five classic elements of Space, Air, Fire, Water, and Earth.

Vata is made of Space and Air
Pitta is made of Fire and Water
Kapha is made of Water and Earth

The Doshas derive their power from this elemental composition, and it’s this that enables them to be the force of nature that they are. Everything you see around you, as well as everything inside of you, is made of these five classic elements. And by extension, this also means everything is comprised of the Doshas.

Each Dosha has a distinct personality, just as you do, due to these different elemental make-ups, allowing each one to be easily identified. For Ayurveda, is a wonderfully practical and sensible science.

Vata is the Force of movement
Pitta is the Force of transformation
Kapha is the Force of lubrication

These Doshas reveal themslves physically, mentally and emotionally in each of us, in completely individual ways. A great way to understand your own Doshic mix, known as your constitution, is to begin to think of it as your very own elemental genetic code of sorts.

And a wonderful way to begin your Dosha journey, is to complete the Dosha Quiz. This is because once you’ve answered the questions, you’ll begin to easily recognise how each Dosha presents in you, and in those around you.

For the  bodily signs and signals the Doshas send us usually always relate to the qualities of the elements that make them who they are.This means our physical, mental, and emotional attributes, and any symptoms we may experience, can be easily identified and then attributed back to one particular Dosha.

Quirky qualities of each Dosha

Vata.. dry, light, cold, mobile, (irregular), rough, light, sharp (penetrating), oily ( spreading ), liquid, subtle, clear
Kapha.. cold, dense, stable (static, regular), slow (dull), soft, oily (damp), cloudy (sticky), heavy, smooth (slimy), gross

This helps us recognise not only our inherent ways of being, but also which of the Doshas may be out of balance at certain moments in our life. And this knowledge is important, because it helps us know which Dosha may need some assistance in regaining equilibrium. For to be truly well, we need the Doshic constitution we were born with to be kept in balance. So, once we’ve discovered which Dosha is out of kilter, we can begin to introduce it’s opposite qualities back into our life, in order to help it and us rebalance.

Every moment of every day we’re taking actions that are impacting the Doshas. If they’ve sent us a sign of discomfort, then something somewhere within our daily lifestyle isn’t agreeing with them and needs tweaking.

Areas that may need to be addressed include: whether or not we’ve been synchronising our lifestyle to nature’s cycles of time; how we’ve been treating our 5 senses, especially the quality and amount of inputs we’ve been taking in; how we’re sleeping, eating and moving; and whether or not we’re taking time out to restore.

The more minor and lesser in number the signs and symptoms we receive, the better our overall physical and mental immunity, health and energy levels will be. And the sooner we start responding to any symptoms we are experiencing, the more likely we can stop at the outset more serious pathologies from developing in the future.

To help you on your Dosha journey, on the individual Dosha pages that can be accessed below, you’ll find lists describing the characteristics, aggravated signs and signals, aggravators and upsetters, and soothers and balancers for each of the Doshas. 

Yoga, Ayurveda’s sister science, is extensively practised globally today, and is recognised as a valuable healthcare addition by the medical and scientific communities. Now it’s time for the Dosha conversation, so Ayurveda can be utilised in the same way, to help keep us well.

Please note: This website is a teaching vehicle to be used for broad learning purposes only. If you’re feeling unwell, make appointments with your local doctor and Ayurvedic Practitioner. This way you can gain advice for your specific and individual needs from two different approaches, allowing you to integrate both pools of knowledge for maximum benefit.

Emma’s vision is that Vata, Pitta and Kapha will become as well-known as Child’s Pose, Downward Dog, and Salute to the Sun