Doshas refer to your unique physical and mental constitution, which influence your personal well-being. Each individual has their own dominant dosha or combination of two or three of these elemental forces. 
 

The 3 doshas are Vata, Pitta, and Kapha.  Doshas are derived from the five elements known as mind-body types. 
Ayurveda defines health as the dynamic state of balance between mind, body, and environment. 

 

Each of these doshic body types uses metabolic energy in a unique way. Vata spends energy. Pitta manages it. Kapha stores it. 
 

Your body type effects your physical constitution, psychology and way of thinking.
 

Each body type tends to get imbalanced in unique ways as well.Once you know your dosha you balance your unique body type with food, herbs, and lifestyle suggestions. 

Vata Dosha

Vata qualities are cold, light, dry, irregular, rough, moving, quick, and changeable. Vatas’ usually have a thin, light frame and excellent agility. Their energy comes in bursts, and they are likely to experience sudden bouts of fatigue

 

Vata manages movement in the body, the activities of the nervous system and the process of elimination. Vata influences the other doshas, circulation, movement of food through the GI tract, movement of impulses through our nervous system, movement of thoughts through the mind, speech, communication, respiration (breathing), sensory perception

 

Vatas love excitement and new experiences. They are quick to anger but also to forgive. They are energetic, creative, and flexible. They also take initiative and are lively conversationalists.

 

Vata imbalances are nervous, anxiety, panic, fear, twitches, tics, tremors, spasms, dry or chapped skin, constipation, gas, bloating, dry, hard stools, low body weight, dislike of cold and wind, difficulty tolerating loud noises, light, interrupted sleep, spacey, scattered feeling, excess thinking or worrying.

Kapha Dosha

 

Kapha qualities are heavy, slow, steady, solid, cold, soft, and oily. Kaphas are usually strong built and the have excellent stamina.   They govern the structure of the body.  It is the principle that holds the cells together and forms the muscle, fat, bone, and sinew.

 

The primary function of Kapha is protection, lubrication, growth, strength, stamina, energy, production of mucous, sense of support, stability, gaseous exchange in lungs, sleep and, repair & regeneration

 

Kaphas are naturally calm, thoughtful, and loving.

 

They have ability to enjoy life and comfortable with routine.  They are strong, loyal, patient, steady, and supportive.

 

Kapha imbalances are weight gain, water retention, swelling, edema, increased cholesterol and triglycerides, diabetes and tumors.

Pitta Dosha

 

Pitta qualities are hot, light, intense, penetrating, pungent, sharp, and acidic.

 

They are usually of medium size and weight. They have excellent digestion. They sleep soundly for short periods and have a strong sex drive.

 

Pitta controls digestion, metabolism, and energy production.

 

Function of Pitta is transformation.

 

Pittas have a powerful intellect and a strong ability to concentrate.

 

Pitta Imbalances are angry, Irritable, hostile, enraged, destructive, impatient.

 

Critical of self and others, argumentative, aggressive, bossy, controlling, frustrated, Willful, Reckless, acidity, heartburn, Stomach ulcer, diarrhea, food allergies, bad breath, sour body odor, very sensitive to heat, Hot flashes, Skin rashes, bloodshot eyes, acne, weakness due to low blood sugar, fevers, night sweats