What’s Your Mind & Body Type? 3 Ayurvedic Doshas Explained

What’s Your Mind & Body Type? 3 Ayurvedic Doshas Explained


Hey guys it’s Organic Olivia, welcome
back to my channel for a very fun video where we’re gonna be learning a lot more
about ourselves. I’m a person who really connects with finding patterns, and
looking at people’s behavior and their bodies and their health issues, and
finding how they all connect to each other. I think that this is why I’m so
drawn to ancient and traditional systems of medicine, because that’s really how
they saw each individual in each body. In ancient India, many many moons before the
invention of modern medicine, there was the invention of something called
Ayurveda, and that is the Indian science of life. This is in a sense very similar
to Chinese medicine but I find it to be really fun and useful, because it breaks
up people into three different types or doshas, and it really helps you to learn
more about yourself and understand why you do things or why you’re prone to
certain health issues. Ayurveda not only provides guidelines for treating illness
and helping with symptoms based on the individual, but it also gives a ton of
guidelines and philosophy and wisdom in terms of how to live your life for
optimal wellness and mental health. Ayurveda totally loves rituals and
routines and grounding, and they never lose sight of that mind-body connection
which is why I love learning about Ayurveda and I love sharing it with you
guys. So let’s get right into it so I can start explaining the three mind-body
types or the three doshas, and you can really find out which one you connect
with the most, or which ones. Now we all have a prakriti and a vikruti. Your
prakriti is the dosha that you were born with. This is your core personality, who
you truly, are who you’ve always been, and is determined at conception. So this
is really going to determine your physique and your physical
characteristics, and your tendencies that are just second nature.
Your vikruti is your current dosha or your current state, which is often a
state of imbalance. Ideally your vikruti should match your prakriti. When it
doesn’t it means that as a result of your environment or your lifestyle
choices or your diet, you are living out of balance with who you
really are. And this long-standing state of imbalance is what creates illness and
symptoms. I feel like this is the absolute beauty of Ayurveda that this is
how they treat the body by simply pacifying the dosha that you’re
expressing in excess, the one that doesn’t align with you, and they help to
just get you back to who you really are. Now specifically the three doshas are
Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. We are all a mix of the three doshas. We have all of these
within us at all times, it ebbs and flows, but there’s always gonna be that
one or sometimes two doshas that are very dominant in someone’s physical
appearance and their personality. Rarely you will come across someone who is
tridoshic, where they are pretty much a perfect balance of the three, and these
people are very special and very of course balanced so it’s not easy to find
them. Whichever dosha is more prominent in you is going to determine your
physical features, your emotional tendencies, the way that you react, the
career that you gravitate towards, and most importantly the health issues and
the symptoms that you are most prone to. I’m about to go into the traits of every
dosha so that you can really figure out which one you connect with the most, but
I want you to remember that your prakriti, or the dosha that you really
are, again can often be different from the dosha that you’re experiencing right
now. So I’m gonna start with the vata traits and I think that a lot of people
are going to connect with these, because so many of us tend to have a bit of a
vata imbalance living in our modern world. Vata is very windy and loves
change and movement and erratic, and our modern lifestyles are a little bit
erratic as well so we just tend to fall into that and a lot of us experience
anxiety or restlessness which is a classic symptom of vata imbalance. So
just because you connect with the traits of vata at this moment doesn’t mean that
you are a vata person, you really want to pay more attention to your physical
characteristics and who you’ve always been since a very young
age. If you do connect with a list of traits that is not your original birth
given dosha, it usually means that you just have an imbalance in this area so
pay attention to that too and pay attention to the list of things that can
knock you into that balance so that you can learn to avoid the. First things
first the characteristics of vata. Now the mind body type vata corresponds with
the elements ether and air. So vata people are very airy,
their head is always in the clouds, they’re always dreaming up something new,
they’re changing their minds, they’re thinking they’re not really present and
grounded to the earth, but we need these people because there are dreamers and
our creators. The word vata itself means wind so vata people are gonna be
constantly moving around like the wind, changing their career path, changing
their major, having new ideas, and they can be really fun to keep up with. In
terms of physical traits of a vata person you can tell a lot by someone’s
face and by their frame. And by frame I mean the way that your body is
structured your bones, and you can tell this by looking at your wrists. This is
what my teacher Anne McIntyre taught us you can always tell by the wrists of a
person what their prakriti is, you can see with my wrists they’re very medium
very average, I’m more of a pitta person. So a vata person is gonna have really
thin wrists and a thin frame. When someone has a vata imbalance they can
also become very thin and lose a lot of weight and find that weight is hard to
put on, but that doesn’t mean that they are a vata person by nature, you want to
more look at the bone structure. In terms of the face, a vata person will have
sort of irregular features or erratic features or something that’s really
special about them, whether it’s really big eyes or big ears or a larger nose.
You may also notice that physically vata person has erratic proportions in
some way, so they might have extremely long legs and a smaller torso or
extremely large feet even though they’re short, so vata just likes to be a little
different. The qualities of vata would be cold and dry, so someone who’s been vata
since birth is always going to be prone to dry skin, they’re gonna get
irritated by dry winter weather, they’re gonna get some rough patches,
that’s just how they’re designed. A vata person may be eating a lot of irregular
meals, they might eat really quickly, they might have an erratic appetite where
they just want to skip meals cuz they’re just so high on the energy of the art
piece that they’re creating, or the lines that they’re working on that they just
don’t even have time for food, and that is your classic vata person. Vata
people also have a bit of an erratic memory so they’re gonna take in
information really quickly but then they’re also gonna forget it really
quickly. They are extremely active, they can be a
little bit restless, these are the people that have you know a 15,000 step count
on their Fitbit even when they were just going to the grocery store because
they’re always moving, they just like to be active they don’t want to sit still.
Although a lot of vata people get spurts of energy it can be a little bit difficult
for them to sustain that energy for long periods, so they’re always looking for
quick sources of sugar and carbs that’s what they crave, and they’re also gonna
have trouble maintaining some concentration and focus because their
brain is going a million different directions. These people will often feel
cold, they’re really not gonna like the wind blowing on them, they’re gonna be
like why did you open the window in the car this is annoying me, and their
symptoms are gonna get worse in the cold so if they have any vata imbalance
physical symptoms, like achy joints or poor circulation it’s really gonna flare
up in cold weather, and they are gonna feel so much better when it’s warm out
and when they get some sun. Again these people are your artists, your dancers,
your dreamers, they really can’t see themselves in a 9 to 5 because they want
to let their creative wings fly, and they also may not be able to decide where
they want to let their creative wings fly because they might be changing
careers quickly or they might be taking a painting class one week and then
starting a clothing line the next, you just never know. So it’s very easy to
develop a vata imbalance even if you are a pitta and you have no vata in your prakriti, and it’s very easy for a vata person to
get a little too vata and get knocked out of balance themselves,
because again vata is movement, it’s air, so it changes really quickly. A
vata imbalance can be created or aggravated by things like an erratic
schedule and routine, if you’re not going to sleep at the same time and waking up
at the same time every day, you’re more prone to getting a vata imbalance or
vata symptoms like anxiety and restless thoughts, and what really gets vata
people is irregular eating patterns. The body really likes to know when it’s
gonna eat, and vata people just get so distracted that they don’t really stick
to any kind of an eating schedule so this can really create a little bit of
an imbalance especially in the digestive system and when you wait too long to eat
then you can get vata or wind in the intestines and get a little gassy and
have trouble breaking down that food. Another thing that really aggravates a
vata imbalance is actually flying, airplane travel, because again think
about those elements you’re in the air you’re doing something that’s very
unnatural and erratic to the human lifestyle grounded on the earth, so if
you ever noticed that when you’re flying your digestive system is like shut down
you really can’t digest anything and you get gassy and your stomach just hurts
when you try to eat that’s because you’re in such a vata state no matter
what dosha you are, that you just have this wind and the intestines that
doesn’t like whatever you’re eating. I usually try to avoid eating on planes
for this reason, and before I enter a plane I will use a little bit of oil to
lubricate my nose and my ears because again planes are very vata, very dry so
I’m trying to lubricate myself to prevent any kind of a vata imbalance.
Other things that aggravate vata imbalance include dry and cold foods,
especially sugar which is like the coldest of them all in terms of ancient
medicine, it’s just a very cold substance and that’s what vata people crave, we
really crave what we are and we crave kind of what knocks us out of balance
because we want to be more of who we are, and more of a creative, and more of an
artist, so we’re gonna go for the things that give us the energy to do that when
we are vata or have a vata imbalance, so vata people they really like fruit
juice and fruit snacks and gummies and any kind of
quick source of energy again that’s gonna kind of get them hyped up and
ready to do the 85 things on their to-do list. Now on to the signs that you might
have vata imbalance, and again this would be caused by the factors that I
just mentioned. You might feel very flighty and anxious so it’s like you
kind of can’t get your footing you can’t get your wording right, you can’t center
and focus your mind. You might be dealing with some poor coordination or poor
memory, inability to focus, you might be dealing with insomnia, you have a lot of
thoughts that keep you up at night and you’re experiencing really light sleep
with a lot of disruptive dreams. A classic symptom of excess vata in the
body and specifically in the intestines again would be gas and bloating, if
you’re having constant gas there’s usually some kind of vata imbalance in
this area of the body so you really want to be consuming warming carminative
spices to balance that cold vata imbalance. Another sign of vata imbalance
would be aching in the joints, any kind of pain that comes and goes like the
wind, keep remembering that windy theme where things are there one minute and
gone the next. You might deal with poor circulation,
really dry skin, even things like eczema these are all vata symptoms. Analyzing
your menstrual cycle is actually another way that you can sort of tell your dosha,
so vata people who are in perfect balance, they’re just gonna be these
people that have naturally lighter and shorter menstrual cycles. It usually
lasts two to four days, they don’t really have any emotional swings, they don’t
really have any pain, maybe a little fatigue, but if you are a vata who is
knocked out of balance you are gonna have a ton of pain especially in the
form of spasms. There’s a difference between a dull aching pain and the
spasms that you get with a vata imbalance, because it’s this really
constricting tightening feeling that again comes and goes. Next up we’re
gonna dive into pitta people, and I am someone who is very pitta, I’m also quite kapha
but I feel like especially at this time in my life I have become extremely pitta,
so I’m gonna talk a lot about this. Pitta’s elements are fire and water, and
where vata rules movement pitta really rules heat and transformation. So this could be
the transformation of food because pitta is very much fire and digestive fire
focused, but also pitta rules transforming thoughts into theories and
this is what makes pitta people such good thinkers and leaders. They’re very
dedicated, they’re very intense, the qualities of pitta are hot and oily, so
this tends to make us very sharp and fluid but at the same time it makes us
prone to a temper, and it makes us prone to skin issues. Pittas are the people who
usually get the most acne, we are the type that can you know come out of
balance get a little bit too hot and that comes out in the skin through oil,
clogged pores, and heat, inflammation, redness, infection, pimples. A fun fact
about pittas that my teacher Anne McIntyre says, is that pitta people
really don’t like massage because they’re already so oily and like hot and
bothered that they just can’t deal with having this oil sitting on them and
someone just touching them and prodding at them, they’re not about that. I’m a
pitta person who has learned to love massage, but definitely since we tend to
be perfectionists in a sense and a little rigid sometimes it’s like you
don’t want people touching you. In terms of physical traits, again using my wrist
as an example I have very medium sized wrists everything about pitta is medium,
regular, perfect. We always joke in class that it’s like pitta perfect
because we just love to be regular, we love to have everything in place, we’re
very obsessive about our appearance at times, and we are perfectionists
especially when we’re out of balance. When you look at their features a pitta
person will again be very regular everything is going to be proportionate,
they’re not really gonna have one feature that stands out, their face will
be pretty symmetrical, and again they’re gonna try to keep themselves as perfect
as possible. Pittas have very oily skin, they’re prone to moles and
freckles, and their skin tends to be very colorful. My
teacher says that pittas are very colorful people, you can see all
different hues in their skin, they get very red easily, you can see purples and
greens, they bruise, it’s just we got some color to us. And another thing that we
have unfortunately would be a little bit more odor than the other types, because
again we’re so hot and we’re constantly fermenting things that pittas would
be the ones that are prone to bad breath, armpit odor, things of that nature.
Pittas have a really good regular appetite whereas vatas are very erratic, we
don’t tend to really gain weight easily unless you’re like me and you also have
kapha in you, but a true pitta is just gonna have more of an athletic build,
build muscle really easily, and just be inclined to physical exercise. Most
professional athletes are extremely pitta, not only because they have the
body for it but because pitta people are just competitive that’s just how we are,
and it makes for the perfect professional athlete. They have very fine
but very shiny hair because of the oil, yet at the same time pitta people are
the ones who are prone to their hair shedding a lot, or their hair going gray
prematurely, and again my teacher explains it like this,
she says that pittas they just burn up the pigment in their hair really easily
because we’re always burning ourselves out in a sense, we’re overworking, we’re
putting all this pressure on ourselves, and she says that the head gets so hot
that the hair just jumps off, so she says that men or women can kind of experience
some early balding or some excessive shedding if they are extremely pitta and
have a pitta imbalance. Pittas are usually highly intelligent, they have a really
good memory, they make great leaders, but on the flip
side of that they can be a little bit angry, demanding, temperamental, jealous,
and judgmental. But don’t worry, they’re judging themselves way harder than
they’re judging you. Pittas of course dislike intense heat
and any symptoms that they have will usually get worse in the heat especially
if it’s humid. Again pittas are our entrepreneurs, our
leaders, our athletes, our politicians, anybody who’s really willing to take on
that role, or be in the spotlight, or dedicate their life to work. Pitta is a
lot harder to knock out of balance than vata because it’s not as airy, but it
still can definitely be imbalanced if you’re living in a place like New York
City, where it’s a rat race and everybody is on the next deadline, and they’re
rushing around, and you can just see the pitta imbalance in New York City with
the road rage, and the fact that nobody really smiles at you, in fact they kind
of want to fight you if you look at them. A pitta imbalance or pitta aggravation
and an already pitta person, can be caused by things like really hot weather
for prolonged periods of time, again especially hot and damp weather. God
nothing gets us more. Pittas don’t like inflammatory situations, anger, jealousy,
they crave the competition, but it really pushes them way farther out of balance
than they need to be, and again perfectionism is like the big killer for
pittas, it just leads us down this road of getting more and more imbalanced by
our own thoughts and pressures. It’s not good for pittas to miss a meal because
the digestive fire is so strong that it’s just gonna burn you up and you’re
gonna get hangry, it’s not good for pittas to suppress their emotions, they
really need to scream it out, punch it out in a punching bag,
write it out, journal it out, and it’s not good for pittas to overwork or overcommit,
that is what really burns us out. Any kind of caffeine, really spicy foods,
pungent foods, sour intense sour foods, or even really salty foods, all of these
extremes that us pittas just love, are all gonna knock us out of balance, we
kind of need more of a bland diet and I’ll get to that at the end, when I talk
about what to do if you have an imbalance. The last thing that is no good
for pittas is going to bed after 10:00 p.m. because that is when we enter
pitta time, and things just never end up well when you stay up past 10. You end up
overthinking and obsessing and getting really hungry and pittas just
need to rest. Signs that you may have a pitta imbalance or that
you’re a pitta who’s very aggravated would be any kind of inflammation. So
with the vata imbalance it’s gonna show up as a achiness, pain that comes and goes,
dryness, atrophy, but with pittas it’s gonna show up as really hot angry
inflammation. Pittas are prone to a lot of gut inflammation so really kind
of like angry irritated sensitive guts, a lot of heartburn, a lot of acidity, things
repeat on them, they’re always fermenting their food, and then just getting this
burning sensation when they’re out of balance, so again pitas have to be
really careful with the spicy foods and of course like I mentioned pittas are
prone to skin problems, to acne. We are the type that will get pimples when we
are out of balance and it sucks because we’re also the perfectionists that obsess
over our appearance so it affects us more than it would affect a kapha, who is
just chill and go with the flow. My teacher also says that you can tell
someone is a pitta if you’re having an herbal consultation with them, and
they’re going through their medical history and every other condition is an
itis, whether it’s conjunctivitis or cystitis, itis is just heat and
inflammation so someone who has a consistent pattern of this definitely
has too much heat going on in the body. In terms of the menstrual cycle, pittas
again are pitta perfect, they’re regular. So their cycle when they’re in perfect
balance is going to be incredibly regular every 28 days like clockwork.
They are going to have a longer period than vatas, and the blood is going to
be a lot richer and a bit heavier just because pitta resides in the blood, so
the body wants to get rid of it that way as well, so it’s just releasing a little
bit extra. When a pitta is out of balance you can get very irregular periods, and
you can get a lot of loose stools around your menstrual cycle. This is because
again the body is trying to get rid of that excess heat, and this is also why if
you’re a pitta who has a coffee addiction you might be running to the
bathroom with some loose stools after drinking a latte, because that
caffeine is so pitta and so stimulating and so hot, that your
intestines are like we need to dump this heat right now. Next would be the kapha
person. This is my favorite one to talk about because I get to calm down for a
little bit. Their elements are earth and water, and they’re very caring and
nurturing and stubborn and loving and they like routine, and they just don’t
want to change or be bothered. Kaphas are very moist and oily but not
hot like pittas, and kapha governs growth and structure and lubrication of the
body. Usually kapha people are very slow and steady, they can be really stocky,
they can be really strong, they can be very strong-willed, they want to do their
own thing, but they’re not really aggressive about it they just don’t care,
and they also will work forever. I mean kaphas have this stamina that is
so incredible that a pitta or vata could never. One of my professors jokes
around that a kapha person who’s a manual laborer for example who does a
lot of construction work, even if they’re asked to take on three double shifts in
a row they’re like yeah I got you I just need to go to the diner and eat eight
cheese enchiladas and then I’ll be good. Kaphas just they need their food, they
need their cheese, they need their heavy nutrition and then they could just go
for hours it’s amazing. Kapha people are also very slow to learn things but
they will remember them forever, they just are so good at holding on to things,
unfortunately this can also mean that they hold on to excess weight or water,
and they can even tend to hold on to their possessions, so they might just you
know keep a little clutter around the house longer than usual but it’s just
because they’re so attached to everything and nurturing and emotional.
Physically a kapha person is gonna have really thick wrists, they’re gonna
be strong and have large bones or heavy bones and they’re probably gonna be
those people that have never broken a bone in their lives, that’s me, I just
have these strong bones, strong big teeth, and that’s how I was born. As much as they can have big muscles they can also be
prone to weight gain and overeating. They tend to have really thick and lustrous
oily hair, big eyes, nice lashes, big soft lips, and especially big white teeth. I
will never forget the first day that we had an Ayurveda lesson in class and the
teacher picked me and brought me up, she took one look at my teeth and she said
oh you’re a singer, and I was just mind-blown, I’m like are you stalking
me on Instagram like what’s going on here, and she said no I could just tell
by your teeth you’re a kapha person you have some pitta in you, but you’re
still very kapha and anyone who’s a kapha has a secret singing talent even
if they don’t want to admit it. So the next time you see someone with big
beautiful teeth, ask them if they can sing for you. Kaphas have a tendency to
oversleep, they have a tendency to be a little bit lazy, they don’t really want
to work out, they just want to chill, and they also tend to have slow reactions.
They’re also extremely loyal and dependable, there’s so many good
qualities about kapha, they’re so understanding and nurturing and loving.
Again kapha people are our hardest workers, they do a lot of manual labor,
they take on a lot of shifts, they may be in a caring profession like nurses, they
might be administrators that take care of a lot of people or manage a lot of
people, and they might have a really beautiful relationship with nature and
the earth so they might be botanists or herbalists. Kapha people are very hard to
knock out of balance, it’s much harder for a kapha person to get a vata
imbalance from the crazy world then a pitta person to get a vata imbalance,
but regardless kaphas have to be really careful to
pacify who they are and to control things like their eating habits, and make
sure to get enough exercise because again we can just be prone to holding a
lot of water and weight. Things that can cause a kapha imbalance or aggravate
somebody who’s already kapha would be sleeping late every morning and
sleeping during the daytime. Ayurveda just doesn’t want kapha people to take
naps, but they do want vata people to slow
down and take those naps. Kapha people can get aggravated by cold
and damp weather so in the fall or the early spring, and they can also get
really aggravated by of course overeating, especially sweet foods. Signs
that you have a kapha imbalance would be things like stagnation, dampness, and
mucus in the body. Whether it’s a lot of lymphatic stagnation, whether it’s a lot
of mucus and catarrh, and recurring respiratory issues, and coughs or even
allergies that come with a ton of mucus, these are all signs of excess kapha.
Another kapha imbalance would be slow digestion, slow metabolism, low energy,
lethargy, low motivation, and even depression. Emotionally you can tell if
you’re experiencing a kapha imbalance if you’re feeling a little bit
possessive or greedy or stubborn or very averse to change. In terms of the
menstrual cycle, kaphas will naturally just have a slightly longer period, a
little bit of a heavier period, not as heavy as pittas, but again it’s like
they don’t even really notice that it comes on because they’re just so
easygoing especially when they’re in balance. Animbalanced kapha will hold a
ton of water and really experience bloating before their period, and can
also experience that dull aching pain that I mentioned earlier where it’s just
like this constant pulling and intense fatigue. Really quick I just want to dive
into how the doshas interact with our lifespan and periods of our life, and how
they interact with our daily clock and periods of the day, because this is one
of the coolest things that I feel I’ve learned from Ayurveda. So kapha is
responsible for the growth of children. The kapha phase of life is from age zero
to sixteen. This is when we of course all have some kapha in us all babies look a
little bit kapha with their rolls and their chubby cheeks, and their really
soft skin, and we need that kapha energy because that’s our learning phase we’re
trying to hold on to everything like a sponge and soak it up, so it really
benefits us to have that influence in this period of our lives.
The pitta phase of life would be ages 16 to 45, and it’s responsible for
continuing the maturation of the body, and this is really important because at
this phase of life we’re kind of getting into our careers, and we need that drive
from the pitta influence. Lastly the vata phase of life would be
ages 45 to death because vata again is very cold and dry, so as we get older we
get colder. As we age we get drier, we wrinkle, we kind of atrophy, our bones
kind of dry out, our joints aren’t as lubricated, so this isn’t necessarily a
bad thing it’s a natural part of life, but it is good to be mindful of that so
that as you age you can employ more kapha influence into your life, you can
oil your skin a lot more, oil your face, and just help to lubricate everything
that’s drying up. Now kapha time is 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. This is really good to know because in Ayurveda they want you to wake up before kapha
time even if that’s 5:55 a.m., just because if you extend into that period
you’re kind of bringing that kapha energy with you throughout the day and
you’re gonna have a slower start and feel a little bit more lethargic. On the
other side of the coin, they do want you to go to sleep during kapha time because
this is how you can get into that really deep rest and relaxation mode. Pitta time
is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Have you ever noticed that when you stay up late past 10:00 p.m. past your
bedtime, you tend to get really hungry even if you ate dinner. iI’s just like
this deep fire kind of burns up within you, and you want that midnight snack,
that’s because of the pitta influence. I always feel this like clockwork at
around 10:30 10:45 and this isn’t a really good thing because during pitta
time you want to be sleeping so that this fire can kind of be clearing
everything out, and helping you digest the dinner that you ate beforehand, so you
don’t want to be eating another meal and then going to bed on top of that. During
the day you do want to eat during pitta time. You want
to eat your largest meal between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. because this is when your
digestive fire is the highest. This is also when you want to get that really
hard work done, you want to just plow through something with a lot of focus
use pitta time. Next we have vata time, which is 2 a.m. to 6 a.m. and 2 p.m. to
6 p.m. So in the early morning hours, 5 a.m. 5:30 a.m. you want to use that
really kind of mystical magical energy of vata that you feel when you wake up
with the sunrise, and you want to use that to your advantage in terms of
movement and stretching and meditation, because again vata is like air and ether
so there is this higher spiritual quality about it,
so during vata time you can kind of get more in touch with that side of yourself.
During the hours of 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. you want to focus more on work that
is creative and abstract and big-picture and something where you can use that
vata creativity to your advantage. Now for the best part, what to do if you have
an imbalance of any of these doshas. Let’s start with a vata imbalance
because again that is definitely the most common that I see in so many
different people. In terms of lifestyle tips, my biggest advice is to rest and
relax and really practice sitting still. I know that sounds so funny but to a
vata person that is their worst nightmare, they do not want to lay in bed
all day and do nothing and Netflix and chill, that is kaphas job. Vata wants to
be making a new recipe, and learning how to sew, and doing a scrapbook. None of
that, you definitely need to schedule yourself time and make more of a routine
so that you can have time to really rest. Speaking of routine, Ayurveda loves it
they call it dinacharya, it’s like a morning routine, and this is so important
and grounding for all people with a vata imbalance. We really need to start our
days with something that’s consistent, and we have to focus on, and it brings us
back to ourselves, and it just gives us direction to the day ahead so that we’re
not as flighty. Oil massage is really big for vatas. So, you want
to be using sesame oil, that is the oil for a vata imbalance and you want to
self massage. It’s called abayanga in Ayurveda, and not only is it lubricating to the skin and to the intestines, but after you
oil yourself you’re supposed to go into the shower and take a hot shower or bath
to really drive the oil deep into the pores, and just get back that moisture
that lots of people are so often lacking. Extending that oil theme, you really want
to try oil pulling in the morning that can be part of your morning routine.
Again for vata people definitely oil pull with sesame oil, you can add some
essential oils to it for flavor, but this is also gonna help ground you, it doesn’t
let you talk for like 20 minutes which vata imbalance really needs, just
that quiet, and yeah it starts your day on the right foot. Another recommendation
from Ayurveda is nasya oil which i think is so funny because one of my best
friends is named Nasya, and it’s spelled the same and she loves Ayurveda,
but yeah it’s a specific herbal oil that is sold as nasya oil, and you’ll put a
few drops with your head back into the nasal passages and you’ll kind of
breathe in, and this is really gonna lubricate your nasal passages, your ears,
everything and it’s gonna help with all of that dryness that vatas are prone
to. Frankincense essential oil is really good to add to your face oil or
moisturizer if you’re a vata person because it helps to prevent the wrinkles that
can come with the dryness. In terms of food, vata imbalance people have to stop
the stimulants immediately. I know how much you love caffeine and coffee
because it makes you even more energized like the energizer bunnies that you are,
but listen it is just driving you further and further into this state of
being frazzled and flighty, so really you want to try to limit coffee or at least
have the coffee with a meal or a fat source just to blunt the effect of that
caffeine but ideally you want to stay away from the stimulants. No more cold
foods especially anything that’s really raw and light and airy and crunchy and
dry, you need heavy warming dense moist foods. Think
like baby food but the adult version, so like mashed sweet potatoes, oatmeal,
soups, porridge, things of that nature, you really want to give yourself grounding
nutrition. You want to oil your internal body just like your oiling the external,
so eat plenty of healthy fats like ghee, avocado, fatty fish, things of that
nature, and you can use some gently warming spices in your meals as well.
Focus on the flavors sweet, sour, and salty and minimize the flavors spicy,
pungent, bitter, and astringent. You really don’t want spicy foods if you are vata
or even pitta because pitta will push vata and the spice is just again too
stimulating. Now let’s talk about pitta imbalance. First of all, my biggest tip to
you guys and to myself, I’m literally talking to myself right now, slow down.
You’re probably still gonna win the race, it’s all good, everything is fine,
you don’t need to be perfect, you don’t need to prove yourself to anyone
including yourself, and you just need to put less pressure on yourself every day
it’s absolutely exhausting. So that is our biggest advice, we really need to
learn compassion and self-love, and learn how to kind of slow things down a little
bit. You want to focus on cooling the heat by visiting water, sitting by the
beach, gazing at the water, surrounding yourself with anything that’s blue like
home decor or paintings or pictures of the ocean. It’s so calming and centering
for pittas. You also want to take nature walks ideally early in the morning or late in the evening when the air is really cool
and crisp, just to get that fresh air in and cool the heat down. You want to use
cooling substances topically on your skin, and you want to take them
internally. So rose and chamomile are my favorites because flowers are really the
medicine for pitta, so in terms of topical rosewater that’s awesome,
drinking rose water that’s great too, drinking rose tea chamomile tea, all of
these things need to be in rotation to just kind of keep you calm cool and
collected. And CBD is really good for us as well.
You want to avoid exercising in the heat of the day, you want to avoid super
intense exercises which is hilarious because most pitta people are ready to
do a CrossFit competition tomorrow, so you kind of want to balance it a little
bit more, do some more moderate exercise some more recovery in there, because
pittas are already so motivated and don’t need all that extra heat. It’s
great to do oil massage if you can handle the oil again pittas that’s not
their favorite, but if you want to do self massage with coconut oil that’s a
really nice cooling oil to use on your skin, and the best part is that it is
very anti-fungal, antibacterial, so it can help with the body odor that often comes
with pitta individuals. So I usually use it to moisturize my underarms after I
shave, and I find that it helps with odor and I can use less deodorant. Oil pulling
with coconut oil is awesome because you’re also gonna pull heat out of the
mouth and help with bad breath, and another issue that pittas are actually
pretty prone to is gum inflammation or receding gums, so doing that oil pulling
and having that cooling sensation in there and helping to kill bacteria is
really wonderful to keep that at bay. Lastly never skip meals unless you’re
really into intermittent fasting and your body is used to that schedule and
it’s not too extreme that’s fine, but in general if you’re eating three meals a
day try to eat them at the same time or else you’re gonna get really hangry. In
terms of food tips you want to really limit the alcohol and caffeine. Pittas are
the ones who really rage when they drink, and they’re the ones who are really
sensitive to caffeine, it can trigger acne for them, it can trigger digestive
issues, it’s just not something that you want to mess with usually kapha people
are the only ones that are recommended to drink coffee in Ayurveda, because
they could really use that stimulation. You want to use more cooling spices like
cilantro or mint or cumin or coriander seed in your meals rather than hot sauce
that you want to put on everything, I see you I know you it’s not gonna happen, you
got to lay off the chili peppers the cayenne pepper and that’s gonna help
with all pitta imbalance issues. Pittas do really well with fennel tea
before and after their meals because it’s a
carminative digestive spice but it’s not super heating like ginger. Pittas also
do well with a mix of raw and cooked foods in their diet, in the summertime
they can do cooling and hydrating fruits like watermelon or grapes, but they do
want to stay away from the citrus fruits in excess because they can just be
really sour and increasing to pitta. You want to focus on the flavors sweet,
bitter, and astringent, and you want to stay away or minimize the flavors sour,
salty, and spicy. Lastly if you have a kapha imbalance here are the lifestyle
tips. You definitely want to try waking up with the sunrise or before 6:00 a.m.
That way you’re not in kapha time when you wake up and you can feel a lot more
energy throughout the day. On that note you don’t really want to take naps
during the daytime, just go to bed early instead. You want to get more exercise
than the other types, you want to do more cardio than the other types to
challenge yourself, and kaphas are the ones again who can handle the coffee and
they can handle the HIIT workouts the high-intensity interval training because
again they just need that external stimulation to get them going. Kaphas
should really dry brush their skin to help with the lymphatic stagnation, they
should walk as much as possible, rebounding is really nice for kaphas, and
you want to make sure that you are not overeating and over indulging in really
sweet foods. Speaking of food, you want to add a lot of warming spices to your
meals like garlic and ginger and onion, anything that’s really pungent and
drying instead of cold and damp which is what kapha is. You want to eat your
biggest meal at lunchtime during pitta time when your metabolism is the highest,
and you want to keep dinner pretty light. Drink only room temperature or hot
beverages because cold water is just gonna slow the processes and kapha down
even more, and you really want to minimize cheese, and pudding, and ice cream,
and milk, and all of these really thick rich fried greasy foods, because kapha is
the one that needs more of those light and airy foods. Lastly you want to
focus on the flavors pungent, bitter, and astringent, and stay away from sweet,
salty, and sour. I really hope that this video helps you to understand your type,
your dosha, I hope that you have some clarity not only on what your prakriti
is but what your current state of imbalance is, and now you have some tips
that you can use to bring yourself back into harmony. Remember that a vata
imbalance is the most common so again using myself as an example,
I’m very pitta kapha but at the same time because of several years of a very
erratic routine, and lots of change in my life, I definitely have a bit of a vata
imbalance, so I’m eating not only to kind of pacify the vata but to keep the pitta
and kapha in control as well, and if anything I need a little more kapha in
my life to get me back to how I’ve always been since childhood and a little
more calm, and that is why being near water or singing is so good for me,
because those are very kapha activities. I hope you enjoyed this video, if you did
it would be awesome if you could give it a thumbs up and subscribe to my channel,
you know the spiel. Of course leave me a comment below if you have any questions
or anything cool to share, and I will see you in my next YouTube video.

63 Replies to “What’s Your Mind & Body Type? 3 Ayurvedic Doshas Explained”

  1. I feel like I was born as Vata and was for a long time but somehow within the last 4 years changed to Kapha…… Feel like I need to figure out my Vata side to be more myself but in my comfort zone being Kapha hmmmm….

  2. Wow! I never heard of any of this but it makes complete sense! I can hardly wait to share with my sister and make some changes myself to get back in balance. I’m def Kapha with some Pitta as well.

  3. Thanks so much for such an interesting & informative video. I really enjoyed! I feel I'm a mix between Pitta & Kapha. I will definitely be saving this video to look back to for reference. ♥️

  4. Since pittas need to keep inflammation at bay, would turmeric be a nice staple or would it cause too much heat?

  5. Do you mind letting me know where you learn this kind of information? I find it so fascinating but I don’t have an idea of where I can learn this.

  6. Before I read the descriptions of each one for some reason my eyes lead to the Kapha water & earth and when I listened im DEFINTELY it lol

  7. Loved this video Olivia, thanks for making it! I learned I am so Vata and it's scary how accurate some of the things you said were! "Making a new recipe, learning how to sew, and doing a scrapbook" … actual things that run through my head daily haha! And I LIVE for adult version of baby food. Also, I travel a lot so it was so informative to understand why flying always takes such a toll on my digestion.

  8. Thank you for all your hard work on this information i loved it. Id be interested to see your take on zodiac signs and natal charts

  9. Thanks for explaining this so well! I've been looking into this but needed help simplifying each dosha yet detailed well enough to choose which one I'm more of. 😀

  10. I’m an Indian and so many times I tried understanding the doshas from blogs and what not but no where did I find such a simplified detailed explanation. Thank you so much Olivia. With this video, i was able to not only determine my doshas but also each and every member of my family 😀

  11. I’m tri doshic ✌🏻 sometimes one will get blown out but I always come back to balance 🕉

  12. Over here always waiting for someone to tell me something new about myself, but nope! Should know I'm always the airy melancholic Libra hot mess🤣 excuse me and my vatta bullshit I have 500 things I need to do before my own brain drains me for the day 😂

  13. You are such a natural olivia! I always love to see your videos, the way you talk make us feel like you are our next door friend!! So charismatic!!!

  14. Good job!
    A good book on ayurveda and relationships: " What's your dosha, baby". Elucidated a lot of what works, and doesn't.

  15. My question is im very kapha but i loveeeeee cheese and ice cream and sweets. I need flavor in my food. Should i limit these things or am i kapha and vitta

  16. This video was very interesting! I feel like I’m a bit of all 3. I can’t figure out which one I am more. Do you have any other videos or articles on this you recommend to learn more about this?

  17. I am Vata physically as I have long legs and long fingers as well as a short torso and I am very thin and petite but I haven't been thin my whole life… I used to actually be kinda chubby as a kid so I am confused as to whether I am truly Vata. I also only resonate with some of the Vata behaviors/personality traits…. I think I might be Vata physically but Pitta mentally? Is that even possible? I have more of the Pitta mentality and have always had those characteristics so I don't think that is because of an imbalance as its just who I am… I also can't seem to figure out what my imbalance is! Haha this is bothering me more than it should… I think I might either have more Vata imbalance or a Pitta imbalance. So all in all I THINK I am Vata Pitta??? IDK

  18. Thank you for this video, was SO informative and helpful! The most clearly explained resource I’ve come across with Doshas! Thank you!!!!!

  19. This video was outstanding!!!!! Thank you for this wonderful explanation and the helpful tips for each type.

  20. I' m definitely one of the reasons this video has so many views already lol. I've watched it multiple times to try to understand completely and how to be able to recognize imbalances.

  21. You are so beautiful and confidence radiates from you as you speak. Thank you for sharing… interesting stuff 
    I think I am primarily Kapha

  22. I'm confused… i feel like I have the body type of a vata, the personality of a kapha and the digestion symptoms of a pitta

  23. Me: has no shedule, eats first meal of the day at 4PM, hates airplanes, can't take no food, anxiety 24/7
    Me to Me: You should have some watermelon now

  24. I’m 100% pitta and have had all the characteristics since birth, but my wrists are tiny; super interesting video 💕💕

  25. Definitely worth watching more than once to absorb all the information! The explanation and images were great!

  26. LOVED THIS VIDEO SO MUCH!! Watched it a million times hahahahha please make more videos about Ayurveda, I would love to know more about it, and the way how you tell everything about it, is just so understandable and so passionate ❤️

  27. Hey again Olivia, I'm struggling to determine which dosha I am, now and at birth. I seem to resonate with all three of the doshas quite equally, except some traits dont fit with me at all. Do you have any tips? Thanks heaps, for e v e r y thing! xx Lara

  28. kapha pitta 🙌🏻 the tip about hating massages is so true for me I hate people touching and massaging me I can’t relax at all and clench up

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