Oh! The Doshas! Through my Yoga Teacher Training, I have learned a lot about Ayruveda and one of the coolest things are the Doshas. This incredibly complex yet simple way of figuring out your energy, body type, food preferences and so much more! Every pose either strengthens or balances Doshas. "The Doshas are the result of mother nature manifesting herself into reality". According to Ayruvedica Medicine, "when the Doshas are not in equilibrium, disease manifests within the body. The Doshas are basically 3 distinct life forces, Vata, Pitta and Kapha.
Vata facilitates physical processes and movement. It is the air element and people who are born with the Vata energy are typically thinner, more energetic, easily understanding and forgetting, prone to worry. Interestingly, 2-6am and 2-6 PM are their best times of day and they are excellent artists and healers. For people who are Vata, it is important to be aware of overstimulation. Vata people thrive on variety, but if there is too much excitement and change, their excitement turns to exhaustion. Avoiding any sort of stimulants and staying warm with warm fluids, humidity help this cold dosha.
Kapha is the third Dosha. This heavier, stable earth element Dosha has a slower movement and tends to be dependable and strong. Kaphas tend cling to the status quo too tightly and need the stimulation of new sights and sounds, people and events to move them. They need a varied diet and regular exercise to move to keep from allowing their digestion to slow down too much. This Dosha has a higher tendency for depression due to the natural slower movement and tendency to stagnate. Again, meditation is very useful here because what makes life truly stimulating is not external variety but the spark of alertness inside us. Kaphas are tempted to be posessive about life, to store and save everything that comes their way, whether it is money, energy, status or love. When they discover that they can let go and use their solid strength as a fuel for change, they take a huge step forward in their personal elevation.
It is recommended that Kaphas avoid sugar, stay warm and drink warm fluids during the day. Kaphas do best if they awaken one hour before the sun and to actually get less sleep than other Doshas.