Doshas

Understanding that the purpose of Ayurveda is to reduce imbalances whilst promoting positive health in the mind and body through the understanding of the three doshas: a) vata, b) pitta and c) kapha one is not only better able to understand how to go about managing good health inside out, but also how to grow spiritually.

The Governing Three Elements

The foundations of the three doshas vata, pitta and kapha include three elements namely, prana (life force and healing energy of air-ruled vata), tejas (inner radiance and healing energy of fire-ruled pitta) and ojas (ultimate energy reserve of the body derived from water-ruled kapha). Unlike doshas, when enjoyed in excess create imbalances these subtle counterparts promote health, creativity and wellbeing.

An abundance of prana provides increased enthusiasm, adaptability and creativity. In yoga this enables one to perform. Teja enables courage, fearlessness and insight, useful in decision-making. Ojas invites peace, confidence and patience for consistent development and determination. Whilst development in all three elements is important oja is the one element of high importance for both physical and psychological endurance. According to Ayurveda the methods to achieve this include a right diet, tonic herbs, control of the senses and devotion.

Balancing through Yoga

As yoga promotes life force, inner radiance and ultimate energy reserve practising this on a regular basis can help regulate one’s doshas into balance. In order to help promote the right balance it is good to understand the particular yoga style(s) that would help balance one’s doshas.

Calming, quieting yet warming yoga practices including active meditation, hatha, jivamukti and yoga flow would help practitioners of vata constitution. Calming, quieting and cooling yoga practices including pranayama meditation, yin and hatha would suit pitta practitioners. Stimulating and warming practices including active meditation, ashtanga, and power yoga would suit kapha constituencies. Naturally, choosing the particular asanas to help balance each of the three doshas is also necessary to target the specific energy imbalances.