Thursday, November 7, 2013
The Three Doshas
The Three Doshas of Indian culture, also known as Ayurveda Doshas, are much like the four humors during the Elizabethan period in Europe. Doshas are the energies that make up every individual. Various Dosha proportions determine a persons physiological and personality traits (sound familiar?). The Three Doshas are Vata Dosha, Pitta Dosha, and Kapha Dosha. Vata Dosha is the energy that controls bodily function associated with motion (blood circulation, breathing, blinking, etc.). When in balance, Vata Dosha provides for creativity and vitality; however, when out of balance, it can produce fear and anxiety. Pitta Dosha controls the body's metabolic systems (digestion, absorption, nutrition, temperature). When it's in balance it leads to contentment and intelligence, and when it's out of balance it causes ulcers and anger. Kapha Dosha is energy that controls the bodies growth. It moisturizes the skin, supplies water to all body parts, and maintains the immune system. When it is in balance a person will express their love and forgiveness. When it is out of balance a person will feel insecure and envious.