Vata is responsible for all the movements that take place within the body and mind, such as blinking of your eyes, respiration, heartbeat, joints mobility, circulation, bowel movement, elimination of waste products, proper functioning of your senses, nervous system and intellect, etc.
Vata is composed of space and air elements, whose qualities are cold, mobile, light, dry and rough. Therefore typical Vata individuals are likely to be of a light build with a fine, lean frame. You can spot them wrapped up from top to toe, turning the heating up the scale, as they are likely to feel the cold, even when others are warm. Dry skin, hair, eyes, lack of moist in the colon, causing tendency toward constipation and gases are another characteristics of a Vata people. The mobile element is expressed in fast speech, chatty nature, tendency towards moving from one subject to another and being active physically and mentally. Vata people tend to be intelligent and to grasp ideas quickly but may have memory lapses and quickly forget things. They have fragile, nervous disposition and get overwhelmed easily.
Vata in balance
Creative, flexible, lively, enthusiastic, vibrant, clear and alert mind, imaginative, sensitive, talkative, quick to respond.
Vata out of balance
Stress, anxiety, restless, insomnia, underweight, tendency to over-exert, unsettled, constipation, bloated, nervous disease, addictions.
What aggravates Vata?
Irregular meals, raw, dry food, astringent, bitter and pungent flavours as they increase dryness, lack of routine in the lifestyle, staying up late, dry and cold climate, travelling, excessive mental work, alcohol, drugs.
Top treatments for Vata
Ayurvedic full body massage (Abhyanga)
Ear treatment (Karna Purana)
Foot/hand massage (Pada/Hasta Abhyanga)
Abdominal massage (Nabhi Abhyanga)
Head massage (Shiro Abhyanga)
Facelift massage (Mukhabhyanga)
Warm Oil Bath for Lower Back (Kati Basti)
Pitta is energy of transformation. It governs digestion, body temperature, vision, appetite, thirst, complexion, intelligence and courage.
Pitta holds the qualities of fire and water. It is hot, sharp, light, penetrating, liquid, mobile, and oily. Just as fire transforms anything it comes across, Pitta is active any time the body converts or processes something. It resides in the eyes, blood, sweat glands, small intestines, lymph and stomach. Imbalanced pitta can lead to sharpness and inflammation in these areas in particular.
Pitta people have moderate body build, with a good muscular structure. Their skin is often oily and prone to acne, rashes and inflammations. They are often hot, therefore they tend to be sensitive to higher temperatures. Typical Pitta individuals often suffer from excess sweating, thirst and hunger, sight problems, diarrhoea, ulcers, rashes and inflammations. That happens due to too much fire in the body.
People of Pitta nature often have a clear yet sharp way of communicating. They are focused, intelligent, and use direct language. Fame, success and wealth are what they’re aiming for.
Pitta in balance
Sharp, penetrating mind, articulate and precise speech, enjoys challenges, intellectual, contented, strong digestion, lustrous complexion.
Pitta out of balance
Anger, hatred, frustrated, demanding, perfectionist, impatient, irritable, excessive ambition, tendency towards skin rashes, prematurely grey hair or early hair loss.
What aggravates Pitta?
Excessive heat or exposure to the sun, alcohol, smoking, time pressure, deadlines, excessive activity, too much pungent, sour or salty food, hot and oily food, garlic, fried, processed food and skipping meals.
Top treatments for Pitta
Ayurvedic Full Body Massage (Abhyanga)
Eye Treatment (Akshi Tarpana)
Foot Massage (Pada Abhyanga)
Full Body Scrub Massage (Udvartana)
Free Flow Massage (Marma Abhyanga)
Kapha governs stability and structure of the body and mind. It shows the greatest influence of water and provides lubrication and cohesion of bodily structures such as the tissues, muscles and mucous membranes. Kapha literally holds the body together.
Kapha, composed of water and earth, is dull, heavy, cold, smooth, soft, oily, dense, static, liquid, cloudy and hard. It is cohesive, shapes and forms, governs growth and development, protects and lubricates, strengthens sense of smell and taste.
Kapha’s main locations in the body are chest, throat, stomach, tongue, nose, pancreas, lymph and fat. This powerful energy regulates taste, nourishment of the joints, protective lining of the stomach and lubrication of the lungs and mouth.
Kapha type people have a strong, heavy frame with good physical strength and stamina, which gives them natural resistance to disease and positive outlook in life. They have a tendency to be overweight and inactive. Kapha individuals have a slow, peaceful and easy going nature. They speak and move slowly and are unlikely to get upset easily, yet this approach makes them lack motivation and spontaneity.
Kapha in balance
Loving, compassionate, forgiving, affectionate, steady, relaxed, good memory, balanced, slow, methodical, natural resistance to sickness, good stamina.
Kapha out of balance
Dull, overweight, lethargic, depressed, grieving, sad, unenthusiastic, possessive, greedy, attached, heaviness, oversleeping, sinus congestion, allergies, asthma, colds.
What aggravates Kapha?
Excessive rest and oversleeping, overeating, insufficient exercise, too little variety in life, heavy, fried, processed food, too much sweet, sour or salty food, cold, wet weather.
Top treatments for Kapha
Abdominal Massage (Nabhi Abhyanga)
Nose Treatment (Nasya)
Full Body Scrub Massage (Udvartana)
Back Massage (Prista Abhyanga)
Warm Oil Bath for the Heart (Hridaya Basti)
Ayurvedic/Indian Head Massage (Shiro Abhyanga)