If you are Vata-predominant, your body is naturally thin and slender. Your mind is enthusiastic and moves quickly, though you may be prone to forget things just as easily as you learn them. Your hands and feet might tend to get cold easily, your skin might be cool and dry to the touch, and sleep might be a bit elusive. Not sure what your Ayurvedic constitution is? Take our Dosha Quiz to learn your unique mind-body type and receive personalized recommendations!
Vata governs all movement in the mind and body. Within Vata dosha, there are five distinct subdoshas that are responsible for moderating movement in various parts of the physiology.
They are as follows:
Prana Vata: Governs the senses, creative thinking, reasoning, and enthusiasm. When out of balance, Prana Vata can lead to worry, an overactive mind, sleep problems, and difficulty breathing.
Udana Vata: Governs the quality of voice, memory and movements of thought. When out of balance, Udana Vata can lead to respiratory issues, throat and ear discomfort, and general fatigue.
Samana Vata: Governs movement of food through digestive tract. If Samana Vata moves out of balance, it can cause slow or rapid digestion, gas, intestinal cramps, poor assimilation, and weak tissues.
Apana Vata: Governs elimination of wastes, sexual function and menstrual cycle. If out of balance, Apana Vata can lead to intestinal cramps, menstrual problems, lower back pain, irregularity, occasional diarrhea or constipation, and gas.
Vyana Vata: Governs blood flow, heart rhythm, perspiration and sense of touch. When out of balance, Vyana Vata can cause dry or rough skin, nervousness, shakiness, poor blood flow, and stress-related problems.
If you are Pitta-predominant, your body likely has an athletic build. Your mind is sharp and your intellect is strong. Though you may be prone to workaholic tendencies, you are a perfectionist and get the job done. Your body may run warm, your skin might be a bit sensitive, and sleep might be interrupted.
The Five Subdoshas of Pitta
Pitta governs metabolism and transformation mind and body. Within Pitta dosha, there are five distinct subdoshas that are responsible for moderating transformation in various parts of the physiology.
They are as follows:
Alochaka Pitta: Governs the functioning of the eyes, inner and outer vision. When out of balance, Alochaka Pitta can lead to bloodshot eyes or poor vision.
Bhrajaka Pitta: Governs the healthy glow of the skin. When out of balance, Bhrajaka Pitta can manifest as redness in the skin, skin irritation, rashes or acne.
Sadhaka Pitta: Governs the emotional heart, desire, drive, decisiveness, and spirituality. If Sadhaka Pitta moves out of balance it can lead to demanding, perfectionist, and workaholic tendencies.
Pachaka Pitta: Governs digestion, assimilation, and metabolism for health nutrients and tissues. If out of balance, Pachaka Pitta may lead to symptoms such as bloating, upset stomach, acid stomach, and food cravings.
Ranjaka Pitta: Governs healthy, toxin-free blood. If out of balance, Ranjaka Pitta can lead to toxins in the blood, anger, and even early graying of the hair.
Kapha dosha is the Ayurvedic mind-body type that is associated with earth and water. It’s slow and steady in nature and embodies structure and stability in the mind and body. Slow to anger and easygoing, Kapha-dominant types take their sweet time, too. While Kaphas may be slow to get going, they are dependable and dedicated. At their healthiest, Kaphas possess excellent immunity; a robust figure; the ability to sleep soundly; and oftentimes thick, voluptuous hair, large eyes, and radiant skin Those who are Kapha-predominant may have larger-frame bodies and heavier builds. When in balance, they are the teddy bears among us—sweet in nature and a pleasure to be around.
The Five Subdoshas of Kapha
Kapha governs all structure and lubrication in the mind and body. It controls weight, growth, lubrication for the joints and lungs, and formation of all the seven tissues—nutritive fluids, blood, fat, muscles, bones, marrow, and reproductive tissues. Kapha is the dosha that helps fiery Pitta and whirlwind Vata to slow down! Within Kapha dosha, there are five distinct subdoshas that are responsible for moderating transformation in various parts of the physiology.
They are as follows:
Tarpaka Kapha: Governs moisture for the nose, mouth, eyes, and brain. When out of balance, Tarpaka Kapha can lead to sinus congestion and a poor sense of smell.
Bhodaka Kapha: Governs the sense of taste, which is essential for good digestion. If out of balance, Bhodaka Kapha can manifest as a poor sense of taste or food cravings due to lack of fulfillment.
Kledaka Kapha: Governs the moisture of the stomach lining for good digestion. If out of balance, Kledaka Kapha can lead to impaired digestion or poor absorption.
Avalambaka Kapha: Protects the heart, strong muscles, and healthy lungs. When out of balance, Avalambaka Kapha can cause lethargy, respiratory problems, or lower back pain.
Shleshaka Kapha: Governs lubrication of the joints, soft and supple skin. If out of balance Shleshaka Kapha can lead to weight gain, oily skin, and loose, or painful joints.