Explore Doshas for Yoga and Everyday Life

One of the things that I love about yoga is that it has so many layers to it. It isn’t just a physical practice – it’s so much more!

Over the past few weeks in our yoga classes in Rugby, we’ve explored the fascinating world of Ayurveda, an ancient Indian wisdom tradition. Ayurveda identifies three core energetic forces within us called Doshas: Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. These Doshas influence not just our physical health, but also our mental and emotional well-being. Understanding your dominant Dosha can be a powerful tool for navigating life – both on and off the yoga mat.

Beyond the Poses: Your Doshas in Everyday Life

Imagine yourself stepping off the yoga mat. How does your Dosha influence your daily routines? Here’s a glimpse into the dance of each Dosha in everyday life:

  • The Energetic Vata: Like the ever-shifting wind, Vata individuals are quick-witted, enthusiastic, and bursting with creative energy. They’re natural innovators, drawn to new experiences and easily adapting to change. Physically, they tend to be slender with quick movements, but can also experience dryness and sensitivity. Mentally, they’re imaginative and think on their feet. When imbalanced, Vata can manifest as nervousness, insomnia, or difficulty maintaining routines.
  • The Fiery Pitta: Pitta embodies the transformative fire. Individuals with dominant Pitta are natural leaders, driven, and possess a sharp intellect. They excel at taking action, radiate confidence, and have a natural charisma. Physically, they often have a strong build with a tendency towards heat and acidity. Mentally, they’re decisive and goal-oriented. When imbalanced, Pitta can manifest as irritability, impatience, or feeling overly critical.
  • The Grounded Kapha: Imagine a mountain – steady, strong, and radiating quiet strength. That’s the essence of Kapha. Kapha individuals are like the earth itself, stable, patient, and naturally nurturing. They possess a calm demeanor, slow speech, and a deep well of emotional resilience. Physically, they tend to have a strong, sturdy build with thick hair and oily skin. They may gain weight easily but also have a natural talent for endurance. Mentally, they’re reliable and possess a strong memory. When imbalanced, Kapha can manifest as lethargy, possessiveness, or a resistance to change.

Further resources

Curious to dive deeper? Here are some great resources:

Dosha Quiz: Which Dosha is dominant for you?

– “The Complete Book of Ayurvedic Home Remedies” by Vasant Lad offers a comprehensive guide to Ayurveda, including detailed descriptions of the doshas and practical tips for achieving balance.

– Yoga Journal boast a wealth of information, including articles and guided practices to help you explore and understand your unique dosha composition.

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