What’s your dosha, baby?

Posted on February 16, 2012

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I am so loving my Flow Yoga classes with Bram at the moment that I‘ve found myself travelling all over Dubai in the past couple of weeks … Fitness First DIFC Sundays, DMC Mondays, DKV Tuesdays and Ibn Thursdays.  (I did, as a result, feel it necessarily to tell Bram this morning that I am not stalking him, rather just loving the way he makes me feel during class, post class and when sleeping like a baby at night, no monkey mind in sight!)

Something he talks a lot about in class is our doshas and so I’ve been doing a little research to learn more about it.  Fascinating stuff so read the low down below:

  • Ayurveda is India’s 5,000 year old ‘science of life’ and is basically the art of living in harmony with nature
  • Your dosha is your Ayurveda mind and body type
  • There are three key dosha types: vata (air), pitta (fire) and kapha (earth)
  • We each have all three of the doshas in our physiology, just in different proportions, so your dosha is unique and personal to you, much like a fingerprint I guess
  • Our dosha not only creates our specific mental and physical characteristics but also determines what diet we best respond to and even how best we should prevent and cure diseases
  • I found loads of tests online to determine your type just with a simple google search.  All vary slightly but I did a few and all gave me the same results which is a good start!

Another way to determine your type is via the table in the document below:

What’s your dosha, baby?

As for what your dosha has to do with yoga?

Your dosha, in describing your body’s characteristics, determines your specific strengths, weaknesses and imbalances. Vata types are connected to the air so they are similar to the wind … dry, cool and capable of fast, unpredictable movement and thought. Pittas are aligned with fire and act with intense determination. Kaphas are a combination of earth and water, move slowly and gracefully and tend to be both stable and loyal.

If practicing postures that aren’t compatible with your dosha, you’ll know about it. What happens if your vata gets out of balance? There’s a tendency toward gas and stomach pain. And when your pitta flares? It will spawn anger and irritability. When the kapha kids get out of whack, inertia rules and lethargy and lack of motivation keep them from moving forward. Start paying close attention when you practice yoga yourself for how different asanas affect you.

Of course, people with different doshic constitutions take classes together all the time but with a little background knowledge and by having a good level of self-awareness, you can adapt a class to suit you. Vatas, for example, should practice slowly and deliberately, kaphas need to challenge themselves more and pittas need to relax to avoid overheating.

Finally, is our dosha’s ability to determine who our ideal partner is …

… which, for the forever dreamer who still believes there is a prince charming for everyone, comes as music to my ears.  Just beware, male readers, if I ask ‘What’s your dosha, baby’, I might be eyeing you up as a potential partner! x

 

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