Ayurveda: Know Your Body Type

Have you ever thought about why our parents, friends, and relatives have a different nature or body type in comparison to the rest? Some People like sweet, salty, some talk a lot, and some talk but are conservative. Some people are often ill, but some are very healthy…. But why?

The reason, according to Ayurveda, is your Prakriti. Your Prakriti is determined at the time of your conception. When the egg meets with the sperm and remains with you until death, you can never change your Prakriti, which means your body type. This blog post will discuss the analysis of your Doshas according to your body type. Contents are derived from Dr. Kanchan Sharma, an Ayurvedic Gynecologist in her video titled Ultimate Ayurvedic Body Test.

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The Tri-Dosha

In Ayurveda, one can determine one’s body type according to three doshas: Vata, Pitta, and Kapha.

  • Vata- resembles air
  • Pitta- resembles fire
  • Kapha- resembles water

When these three Doshas are balanced, you are a healthy person. And when you are following the wrong diet and lifestyle, your Vata, Pitta, Kapha will fluctuate, with the resultant being deficiencies specific diseases. Then, logically, if you know about your own Prakriti, you can adopt a suitable diet and lifestyle according to your Prakriti.

Here are the 11 conditions with three choices- to know your Prakriti:

1. Physical Build

Vata: if your physical build is skinny, you are underweight, or your bones are very prominent

Pitta: if you have medium height and your body is of moderate stature

Kapha: if you are stout, overweight, and or chubby

2. Skin

Vata: if you have dehydrated, dark, cold, rough, and thin skin

Pitta: if you have a moderate reddish or yellowish tinge. It is warm and excessive sweaty

Kapha: smooth, thick, white, cool skin but moist and oily

3. Hair

Vata: if your hair is dehydrated: has split ends, breakages, hair dandruff, or hair fall

Pitta: silky soft hair but has premature graying

Kapha: thick, curly, has a good texture but oily hair

4. Eyes

Vata: has tiny eyes, has dry eyes, and has very thin eyelashes and eyebrows

Pitta: medium-sized eyes are very bright, or your sclera is quite reddish or yellowish

Kapha: bigger circumambulation, have clear and attractive eyes. Often with thick eyelashes and eyebrows, which is considered as the beautiful eyes

5. Gait and Speech

Vata: if you walk and talk very fast, have a dry and harsh voice

Pitta: motivated, and you have a firm walk and high pitched tone

Kapha: slow walker, and your voice is very soft and pleasant

6. Weather Reaction

Vata: If you don’t like the winter and you like summer

Pitta: If you are sensitive to heat and sunlight and you want winter

Kapha: If you are sensitive to cold and don’t like the damp environment

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7. Appetite and Digestion

Vata: If your digestion is as vagrant as the rain in the temperate regions

Pitta: Regular and robust appetite. And your digestion is good

Kapha: Appetite is medium and deliciousness of the cuisine is a prime considerate…Digestion is good

8. Sleep

Vata: If you are very disturbed and do not sound sleep

Pitta: Moderate and regular sleep

Kapha: You can sleep for hours and have a deep slumber

9. Memory, Intelligence, and Learning Abilities

Vata: Quick learner but forgets quickly

Pitta: Alert and have a sharp memory. Also, possess leadership qualities

Kapha: Slow learner, but when you learn, you don’t forget

10. Energy Level

Vata: Very enthusiastic, but sometimes it drops

Pitta: Very energetic, and you are an alert person

Kapha: Low energy and lazy

11. State of Mind and Emotional State

Vata: Very thoughtful person, anxious, nervous, and fearful

Pitta: Quite aggressive and short-tempered

Kapha: Very relaxed person and very tough to get angry

Count the total of your Vata, Pitta, and Kapha based on your choices. The highest score is your primary Prakriti. The second is the secondary Prakriti, and the third one is the least. So your basic Prakriti is the first and second.

Type of Prakriti

There are 7 types of prakriti:

  1. Vata personality 
  2. Pitta personality
  3. Kapha personality

And there are combinations:

  1. Vata-Pitta personality
  2. Pitta-Kapha personality
  3. Vata-Kapha personality

Rare combination:

  1. The combination of three: VPK personality

No body type is superior or inferior. Every body type has its negative aspects as well as positives. So we should focus on the balance of the Vata, Pitta, and Kapha because your Prakriti can never be changed. So whatever body type you have that is best for you, you have to balance that.

Recommendations

If your Vata is a dominating personality, you should avoid bitter, pungent, and astringent food. And as per your lifestyle, you should avoid excessive exercise, late-night sleeping, and over-fasting. If you are not following all this advice, then it may be you can face some disease. Diseases like skin dryness, constipation, hair fall, dandruff issues, body pain, insomnia, and anxiety.

Avoid eating pungent, salty, and sour foods if you have a Pitta dominant personality. Since pitta resembles fire, avoid excess exposure to sunlight for your lifestyle. So it would be best to keep yourself cool. Swimming is good for you. In addition, a cold water bath is good for you, and mild exercise is advised. Try to avoid very spicy, salty, sour, and savory food. If you do not prevent this kind of food, diseases like heat generating in the body or bleeding problems, inflammatory disorders, dysmenorrhea, bleeding gums, and mouth ulcers may occur.

If you have a Kapha dominant personality, you have to avoid sweet, sour, and salty foods. Cut your carbs and fried, frozen, and processed food because Kapha’s nature is water. Most of the time, you are lethargic and prone to obesity. Lifestyle must include exercise- regular activity is essential- yoga, running, swimming, walking is suitable for a Kapha body type.

All three doshas are incredibly active and frequently alter in response to changes in behaviors, diet, ideas, and exercise. Physical and emotional imbalance can result when we fail to treat our bodies correctly and manage them haphazardly by consuming too much junk food, dosha-inappropriate foods, or following harmful behaviors.

Sometimes people get confused while doing the assessment but if you want a proper Ayurveda body analysis, consult an Ayurvedic practitioner. For more Ayurvedic content, subscribe to Organic Ayurveda Life!

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