Ayurvedic Dosha’s-Finding Balance

Ayurvedic Dosha’s-Finding Balance

Are you familiar with the dosha’s in Ayurvedic practice (Vata, pitta, kapha)? If so, let’s move forward to get some basics surrounding each one of the dosha’s, and how you can help to find and maintain balance in your life.

If you do not know what your dosha is and want to find out, take this quiz here, then come back and read on.

Vata:

Vata types tend to be chilly, have dry skin, and are light. What I mean by light is somewhat flighty, and ungrounded.

Vata’s are governed by movement, the nervous system and overall elimination.

Vata’s in balance have an abundance of energy, a highly creative mind, and are very lively and enthusiastic.

On the other end, vata’s out of balance tend to suffer from constipation, restlessness, insomnia, anxiety, and challenges in their digestive system.

Helping Vata to Find Balance

A primary consideration for Vata types is working to stick to a routine in all things: diet, work, exercise, sleep, and play. Vata’s should try to stay warm, as they tend to be thin and cold. A nice hot cup of herbal tea is a good idea as a calming routine to find balance. Examples would be a tea containing ginger as a warming herb, or a nice glass of warmed turmeric milk (recipe below from Wellness Mama).

Ingredients
  • 2 cups of milk of choice (almond, pecan, coconut and dairy all work in this recipe)
  • 1 teaspoon Turmeric or Turmeric Spice Mix
  • ½ teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon raw honey or maple syrup or to taste (optional)
  • Pinch of black pepper (increases absorption)
  • Tiny piece of fresh, peeled ginger root or ¼ tsp ginger powder
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper (optional)
Instructions
  1. First, blend all ingredients in a high speed blender until smooth.
  2. Then, Pour into a small sauce pan and heat for 3-5 minutes over medium heat until hot but not boiling.
  3. Drink immediately

Original recipe here

A morning practice of Abhyanga is also very helpful, using slightly warmed oil. Follow this link to learn more about this practice. You can use an essential oil blend if you so choose.

Here is an idea:

Frankincense Boswellia serrata (grounding) 3 parts
Vanilla bourbon CO2 Vanilla planifolia (calming) 2 parts
Black pepper Piper nigrum (warming) 1 part

Dilute properly in your carrier oil

**Always check contraindications before use.

Pitta

Pitta types tend to run hot, are intense personalities, have strong digestive systems (hot pepper? no problem) and have a strong sex drive.

Pitta’s are governed by their strong digestive fire, metabolism, and over all fiery nature that can manifest in not only the body but the mind as well.

Pitta in balance have beautiful skin complexion, strong digestion, and abundant energy.

Pitta out of balance can have skin issues (rashes), heartburn and indigestion, and the fire of the body and mind goes into overdrive, causing sweating, irritability and short-temperedness.

Helping Pitta to Find Balance

When the outdoors are hot, seek the cooling indoors, shade, or a nice dip in the water. Balance and rest are key when hot. Cooling foods will go a long way such as fruits or cucumber, and drinking plenty of liquids (skip the alcohol).

Pitta needs to remember to not take life so seriously, and let go of the need to be so tidy and organized. Live a little!

When using carrier oils, choose the cooler ones such as coconut, almond, or olive.

Cooling hydrosol facial mists containing cucumber or peppermint hydrosol are a winner for every pitta.

A cooling massage oil can help to soothe the fiery soul of a pitta:

Spearmint (cooling) Mentha spicata 3 parts
Lavender (soothing) Lavandula angustifolia 2 parts
Eucalyptus (cooling) Eucalyptus radiata 1 part

Dilute properly in your carrier oil

**Always check contraindications before use.

Kapha

Kapha types are typically heavy, slow, solid, and tend to have oily skin.

Kapha types are governed by the overall structure of the body. The primary function is protection.

In balance Kapha are strong with excellent stamina. They have large, soft loving eyes, and radiant skin. They tend to have thick and shiny hair. In balance they have brilliant sleep habits and regular digestion.

However, when Kapha is out of balance, they tend to be overweight, sleep becomes either excessive or scant, they can easily become depressed and allergies tend to manifest in the form of sinus issues, skin rashes and the like.

Helping Kapha to Find Balance

Kapha need consistent activity. Variety in exercise is great as they tend to get bored quickly…otherwise “change” is not a good word for Kapha types, so keeping a routine is good. This does not mean vacation from the daily routine is a bad thing; hard working Kapha NEED breaks just as much as they NEED routine.

Kapha’s should maintain a regular sleep schedule, wake early, and avoid the afternoon nap. Kapha tends to dislike extreme heat or cold, and like somewhere in the middle.

A neti pot routine is great for all dosha’s, but Kapha need assistance when allergies are at their high to keep cleansing the sinuses.

Kaphas should avoid clutter and keep things organized to stay calm. And remember, exercise is key for all Kapha’s.

Kapha’s should choose stimulating aroma’s. Here is an idea:

Sweet marjoram Origanum majorana (bright and stimulating) 3 parts
Sweet orange Citrus sinesis (bright and cheery) 2 parts
Chamomile Roman Anthemis nobilis (balancing) 1 part

Dilute properly in your carrier oil

**Always check contraindications before use.

 

Please note that I am not a medical practitioner. The content of this website is provided for general informational purposes only and is not intended as, nor should it be considered a substitute for, professional medical advice. Do not use the information on this website for diagnosing or treating any medical or health condition. If you have or suspect you have a medical problem, promptly contact your professional healthcare provider. By using this website, you assume full responsibility and liability for your own actions. 

 

 

Abhyanga for Well-being and Longevity

Abhyanga for Well-being and Longevity

Abhyanga, or annointing yourself from head to toe with warmed oil, is an ancient form of self-love, and is a beautiful practice to do every day for well-being and longevity. 

 

Depending on the type of oil you use, you will likely want to do this before a shower. Your blend will also dictate whether you use it before you start your day-invigorating, or before bed-for restful sleep.

 

There is not “one” way to accomplish the goal. This daily practice is said to balance the dosha’s in Ayurveda, and keep you incredibly grounded in the present. (Link below for more details on the doshas)

 

“The body of one who uses oil massage regularly does not become affected much even if subjected to accidental injuries, or strenuous work. By using oil massage daily, a person is endowed with pleasant touch, trimmed body parts and becomes strong, charming and least affected by old age”

Charaka Samhita Vol. 1, V: 88-89 (One of the Great ancient texts of Ayurveda)

 

Make sure you are in a warm, comfortable space. If you enjoy a piece of music, now would be a good time to play it. You “can” run the diffuser, but since you are making up a massage oil blend, it is not necessary. Do not leave any body part out.

 

Move slowly with intention in circular strokes, chopping motions, whatever feels good. Do not make this a mindless practice, stay present and feel all there is to feel.

 

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***As I am not aware of your medical condition, please be sure to research the oils listed to make sure they do not have any contraindications for you.

Click here for more self-care tips incorporating mind body balance and aromatherapy.

 

References:

Benefits of Abhyanga

Understanding the Doshas

 

Please note that I am not a medical practitioner. The content of this website is provided for general informational purposes only and is not intended as, nor should it be considered a substitute for, professional medical advice. Do not use the information on this website for diagnosing or treating any medical or health condition. If you have or suspect you have a medical problem, promptly contact your professional healthcare provider. By using this website, you assume full responsibility and liability for your own actions. 

 

 

 

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