Ayurvedic Types

What Ayurvedic type are you?

Ayurveda the ancient Indian healing system teaches us that there are 3 basic “types,” the Doshas: earthy Kapha, fiery Pitta, and airy Vata. Once you know your type, you can find out which foods, exercises, lifestyles–even jobs–are most beneficial for you!

Read the Dosha descriptions below . . . and
you can also take this "Dosha Quiz"for free on Deepak Chopra's
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Kapha people are slow, graceful and languid. From his or her earth element, the Kapha type inherits a solid reliability. Caring and compassionate, Kaphas can always be relied on in a crisis. They are often the people friends call when they require comfort, support and tenderness or just need to talk out problems. Because Kapha individuals are centered, have a steady faith, and don’t easily change their core beliefs, they find it easier than other types to feel secure and content with life. Kaphas are very loyal and, being guided by a cohesive, sustaining force, have no trouble keeping their friends. The sustaining Kapha force also enhances long life.
Kaphas are patient, peaceful people who are full of empathy and who forgive more readily than Vatas and Pittas. They find it relatively easy to unburden themselves, and they don’t hang on to baggage from the past.

Pittas are confident, determined, and cheerful types have sharp, discriminating minds and the ability to focus thought and energies very effectively. Precise and orderly Pittas exhibit a keen intellect and enthusiasm for learning – they grasp new information easily. They are enterprising types who are good at manipulating information to their advantage. They make great public speakers, as they are accomplished at thinking on their feet, and quick to respond. Fortunately, their responses are usually accurate, too. Guided by a grand plan, Pitta people don’t fritter money away on little things, and they happily spend it on luxuries. Pittas are sensitive to heat and light, so you will often spot them in designer sunglasses.
While Vatas react to stress by becoming anxious and fearful, and Kaphas dig their heels in, Pittas tend to become angry and impatient. However, because of Pitta’s self-control, these emotions aren’t always visible. Although hot-headed, Pittas keep the larger goal in mind and so are not at the mercy of changeable moods like Vata people are.

Vatas have a great enthusiasm for life and happily involve themselves in new projects. In their bursts of exuberant energy, they are quick to pick up on fresh ideas. If their imaginative selves are not actually setting the trends, they will at least be the first to adopt the latest ones. Vata powers of concentration could be stronger, and while Vata people grasp new concepts quickly, they don’t always remember them some time down the road. Vatas are generous and believe money is for spending. As they are spontaneous by nature, they often spend freely on trifles and find it hard to save.
Vata types like to do everything quickly, preferring to be physically active, partly because that’s their nature, partly to ward off boredom. Vatas  react quickly, even if they are not always correct in their responses. They often make decisions in haste and repent at leisure. Their nature is excitable, Vatas tend to fidget, and they often bite their nails when nervous.

From The Ayurvedic Year, by Christina Brown (Storey Books, 2002).

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