How to Find Your Dosha (and What Is A Dosha Anyway?)

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How to Find Your Dosha (and What Is A Dosha Anyway?)

Image credit: Ayurveda Samskara

Image credit: Ayurveda Samskara

Howdy friends! It’s been a while since I’ve been around here. Okay, only a week and a half, but that seems so different from when I’d frequent the blog almost daily.

Still figuring out how to fit all my new projects in – I’ll find the balance soon and you’ll be the first to know when things over here are back on track and full steam ahead. It also may be that full steam ahead is a long way off, and that’s okay too. I’m saying that to show you that sometimes we just need to be compassionate with ourselves and allow what is to be without fighting, feeling guilty, or trying to cram too much in. Because when that happens we get sick.

Have you ever wondered how that works? How is it that when we have the least amount of time for it we find ourselves stuck in bed unable to move? Well there are plenty of physiological reasons behind it, but I’m going to talk more about the energetics. And of course, I’ll offer up my obligatory “you don’t have to believe in this stuff if you don’t want to,” but I hope you at least hear me out with mild interest. Today we’re talking about the way the elements work within us. So at least that’s a little more tangible then the concept of energy itself.

What Is A Dosha?

A dosha is a Sanskrit term that translates to constitution. It governs how we are and in many ways acts as a personality indicator. The amazing thing about doshas is that they are really guides to help us live better, more balanced lives rather than boxes meant to hold us in a lifestyle we’re destined to live.

There are three doshas in Ayurveda

  • Vata – combination of air and space (ether)
  • Pitta – combination of fire and water
  • Kapha – combination of earth and water

In today’s video, I’m going to give you a breakdown of what this all means. You’ll learn what Vata’s should avoid, what really makes a Pitta tick and why Kaphas can be brilliant or really lazy. Hopefully you’ll start to notice some of the qualities I mention in yourself.

Now it’s your turn. Take one of the quizzes below – or multiple ones if you want to be really thorough – and find out what your constitution is! In Ayurveda, we always say that you can’t truly know what you actually are without seeing a certified Ayurvedic doctor, but you’ll get a really good idea based on these quizzes and it’s a great starting point for creating your own home-based healing system to keep your body, mind, spirit and overall health in check.


Let me know in the comments below what your dosha is and if it resonates with you. What are you struggling with or what questions do you have? I’m all ears ūüôā¬†

By | 2017-06-15T14:21:33+00:00 January 29th, 2014|Ayurveda, balance|