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Tips To Balancing Your Body Type


Do you know your body type? In Ayurveda (sister science of yoga), there are three distinct doshas, also known as “the inherent intelligence of the body”, they are our natural constitution or individual “make-up“. The three doshas are:  Vata, Pitta and Kapha.

This science is based on the philosophy that everything is made up of 5 elements (ether, air, fire, water and earth). The combination of elements that create our constitution becomes our dosha. Your dosha represents both your physical structure and the qualities of who you are. This philosophy search to understand the nature of the dosha because it is the key to understanding how to create balance.

Remarks: Nutrition and daily routine (Dinacharya) support balance or contribute to imbalance.

What is your dosha? 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, start making small changes on your lifestyle. Grab a pen and piece of paper, choose the answers that most accurately fit your body for most of your life. This test will take approximately 5 minutes.

Test! 

Physique: a.) Thin, long frame; tends to be taller than average b.) Medium build and average height c.) Big bones and large frame, tends to be shorter

Weight: a.) Underweight, or at the lowest of your weight range, and thin b.) Average weight and maintains weight at a steady level, not losing or gaining weight easily c.) Heavier body weight and tends to gain weight easily

Skin: a.) Dry, thin skin b.) Red tone to complexion, sensitive skin or tends towards acne. Also may have freckles c.) Thick, smooth, soft skin

Eyes: a.) Small beady eyes b.) Intense deep penetrating eyes c.) Large round eyes

Hair: a.) Dry, thin hair that breaks easily b.) Fine, soft hair c.) Thick, coarse lustrous hair

Face: a.) Long and narrow b.) Angular with sharp jawline c.) Round

Movement: a.) Moves quickly, walks fast, always in motion b.) Direct and deliberate in motion c.) Moves slowly, prefers to be sedentary

Speech: a.) Speaks quickly and talks a lot b.) Speaks clearly and to the point c.) Prefers to listen rather than speak

Voice: a.) Soft pitched, hoarse voice that may crack b.) Medium pitched voice c.) Deep melodious voice

Sleep: a.) Requires less sleep, 4-6 hours a day and has difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep b.) Functions well on 6-8 hours a day and goes easily in and out of sleep. c.) Sleeps 8 or more hours and sleeps very deeply, usually not waking throughout the night

Vibe: a.) Tends often to be anxious or nervous b.) Aggressive, impatient and passionate c.) Calm and easygoing

Decision-making: a.) Very difficult to make decision and trust decisions b.) Decisions are made very methodically and with good reason c.) Easily makes decisions, more intuitively

Appetite: a.) Variable. Sometimes you eat very little and other times you eat a lot b.) Steady appetite with regular meals c.) Not often hungry and can skip meals

Sensitivity to Weather: a.) You dislike and sometimes cannot tolerate cold weather b.) You prefer cooler weather and cannot tolerate the heat c.) You can tolerate any weather but dislike the cold damp

Relationship to money: a.) Impulsive and spend frivolously b.) Enjoys spending on luxury items but is aware of budget c.) Doesn’t like to spend money, saves more than average

Response to stress: a.) You get anxious when stressed b.) You get irritable and angry c.) You withdraw and like to deal with emotions privately

Appetite: a.) Variable b.) Very strong appetite c.) Low appetite

Bowel Movements: a.) Tends toward constipation b.) Easily eliminates 2-3 times a day c.) 1 large bowel movement same time daily



Results:

Mostly A – Vata Dosha Mostly B – Pitta Dosha Mostly C – Kapha Dosha






Signs of vata imbalance:

– Constipation – Dehydration – Anxiousness – Craving warmth – Frequent viral infections – Weight loss – Insomnia

Vata Balancing:

Vata especially need warming and hearty foods during fall and winter. Nourishing soups, lentils and rice, and limit too many raw foods.

– Lightly steamed root vegetables – Ripe sweet fruits – Warm grains – Spices: cumin, ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, fennel, cloves and black pepper – Raw honey – Sesame Oil

Signs of Pitta imbalance:

– Diarrhea – Overheating, profuse sweating – Colourful, violent dreams – Excessive hunger – Frequent bacterial infections – Heartburn

Pitta Balancing Foods:

– Boiled, steamed, raw vegetables – Fresh vegetable juice – Sweet seasonal fruits – Nut milk – Soupy grains: rice, wheat, barley, oats – Coconut oil – Spices: coriander, cardamom, cloves, turmeric, cumin, curry leaves, mint – Tea: fennel, chamomile, peppermint, spearmint, liquorice, red clover

Signs of Kapha imbalance:

– Sluggish bowels – Procrastination – Craving warmth, spicy foods – Frequent candida – Water retention – Weight gain – Excessive sleep

Balancing Kapha: – Steamed or raw vegetables – Citrus fruits – Quinoa – Seeds – Spices: pepper, paprika, salt, garlic, basil, cloves, allspice, fennel, mustard, turmeric, cumin, ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, coriander, black pepper – Tea: cinnamon, fenugreek, peppermint, raspberry

Find your balance through an Ayurvedic lifestyle.


Note: For those with a double dosha or for those who are tridoshic, it’s important to listen to your body and mind (meditation) and to make decisions according to your findings. As you get to you know the basics of Ayurveda and you are in tune with yourself, you’ll know what approach to choose.


By  Lorena Saavedra Smith 500hr E-RYT

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