Balancing Dosha Types
The balance of doshas within each of us is not fixed or universal. Some of us may have higher levels of vata, others could have higher levels or pitta or kapha, and so on. This balance of doshas in the context of each individual is called prakriti. Your prakriti or dosha type determines various attributes of your physical being, personality, and health. They also determine vulnerabilities in your health and wellbeing.
If the balance is maintained and you follow a lifestyle that is harmonious with your dosha type, you have little to worry about. Every dosha type has its unique advantages and risks, making it important to identify and understand the dosha type that you fit into. Allayurveda has worked closely with leading Ayurvedic specialists and researchers to create a tool that measures your dosha balance. Visit our Know Your Dosha page to identify your prakriti so that you can take steps to balance your dosha levels with a combination of diet, exercise, herbal, and lifestyle solutions.
What Happens Without Balance
Dosha imbalances arise as a result of lifestyle habits and practices that are not compatible with your doshic makeup. Improper daily routines and seasonal changes can also cause aggravation of doshas that result in imbalances, adversely affecting your physical, physiological, and emotional wellbeing.
- Dosha imbalances in someone with a vata constitution will increase vulnerability to specific types of health conditions like anxiety, sleep disorders, arthritis, and joint disease.
- Imbalances in dosha levels will make pitta type people more susceptible to inflammatory conditions like gastritis, peptic or intestinal ulcers, as well as inflammatory skin conditions like eczema.
- Failing to balance dosha levels can exacerbate unhealthy behaviors in kapha individuals, increasing the risk for depression and metabolic syndrome disorders like obesity, heart disease, and diabetes.
- Imbalances make vata-pitta type individuals more vulnerable to digestive disorders at varying ends of the spectrum, from constipation to diarrhea, indigestion and heartburn to inflammatory disorders and peptic ulcers. They are also more likely to be afflicted with aches and pains, sleep disorders, emotional outbursts, skin irritation, and so on.
- Dosha imbalances in pitta-kapha type individuals are associated with a higher risk of obesity. They may also be vulnerable to skin diseases and body odor problems that result from heavy perspiration.
- Kapha-vata individuals are vulnerable to a number of health conditions, including poor digestion with problems like bloating and constipation. They also have a higher risk of stone formation, loss of focus, depression, and other disorders.
- Vata-pitta-kapha individuals typically enjoy good health, but dosha imbalances can expose them to the same health risks as any of the other dosha type individuals. The specific health effects will depend on the particular dosha that is aggravated.
These risks make it important to maintain the optimal dosha balance for your specific dosha type. So, visit our Know Your Dosha page now and get personal recommendations to discover your healthiest self today.
- Cavanagh, Danny, and Carol Willis. Essential Ayurveda: A Practical Guide to Healthy Living. Ayurveda UK, 2004.
- Tiwari, Maya. Love Your Body Type The Ayurveda Way. 1st ed., Mother Om Media, 2012.
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