top of page

Energy of Equilibrium: The Ayurveda Doshas (Vata, Pitta, and Kapha)

Updated: Nov 16, 2022

"We do not see the world as it is.
We see the world as we are."
- Anais Nin

I was meeting my friend the other day to catch-up and hear all about her graduate school work. I wanted to share with her how proud I was of her embarking on higher education and a potential new career in the near future of meaningful work that she is so excited to share with the community. I arrived at our lunch spot a few minutes earlier, and as I was looking around to find us a place to sit, I was absorbed by the surroundings and I noticed my mood was a bit melancholy.

I have been aware of checking in on my emotions moment by moment with kind inquiry, observing without judgment to the best I can with a practice in mindfulness, proven to help elicit a regulation of emotions. So I settled into a seat at a table near the back corner of the cafe. Soon after my friend walked in and I immediately felt a surge of energy, happy to see her and embrace her with a loving hug. That surge of happiness in mood is serotonin being activated - our feel good neurotransmitter, the embrace of a hug is oxytocin being activated - the love and connection with another, and the motivation to spend quality time with a friend is dopamine being activated. The energy that she carried into the space was happy, motivating, and stable; an energy of equilibrium.

As humans, we all want to connect, feel well, be of service, and pursue our dreams.

The energy is known as Doshas, the bio-energetic principles of Ayurveda - a timeless integrative healing system of medicine from Indian tradition with over 5,000 history of total health and innovative interventions. Doshas are the basis of the biological, psychological, and temperamental framework in each person, known as the three major body mind constitution types: Vata, Pitta and Kapha. The three energies align with their corresponding two elements, Vata is Air + Ether, Pitta is Fire + Water, and Kapha is Water + Earth. The doshas combined in equal parts are known as Tridosha - everyone has a blend of the three but one is inherently stronger and depending on the person’s presenting issue, the stronger dosha may need to be adjusted by increasing the other two in order to bring balance back to the whole body.

Doshas are the foundation of Ayurveda that determine precisely why you look, behave, and feel the way you do. When your doshas are evenly balanced, you are unstoppable!

The Vitality of Doshas :

The Ayurveda Doshas