How to Balance the 3 Ayurveda Doshas

Balance the essential energies with these daily habits.

Balance Ayurveda energy.

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When the body is in balance, you will feel happier and healthier in your daily life. Balancing your energies, known as doshas, will create the balance you need.

In Ayurveda, the doshas are energies that make up a person’s system. The doshas fall into three main categories, called doshas: pitta, kapha, and vata. They are each made up of the elements found in nature—earth, air, fire, water, and ether. Everyone, according to Yoga Journal, has a combination of all three, but most people have one or two dominant doshas. 

When you know your leading dosha, you can live a healthier and happier  lifestyle. Take a personalized approach to your health. Discover the three doshas in ayurveda so you can create a daily routine in balance with your dosha.

Fiery Pitta

The fiery pitta dosha represents metabolism, digestion, and transformation according to The Ayurveda Institute. People with a dominant pitta have courageous, ambitious personalities with a quick wit but can also become controlling and competitive.

When out of balance, this leads to excessive heat in the body and mind, like anger, acidity, fever, and rashes. You can balance pitta by going to bed earlier. Avoid working late in the day and begin resting before bed. Also, favor cooling spices like fennel, coriander, and cardamom. At the same time, avoid hot spices like ginger, chili, onion, and garlic. 

Pitta also needs time to be playful to feel your best. Exercise will help, but avoid getting overheated, as pitta’s fiery energy already tends to feel hot. Rather than heavy cardio or hot yoga, consider walking, tai chi, or yoga instead.

Pitta Dosha.

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Cool Kapha

Associated with earth and water, Kapha has a steady, grounding energy. This dosha controls weight, growth, and moisture in the body according to. Those with excess kapha have a calming energy, but may also feel easily fatigued and congested.

When out of balance, you may feel issues with stagnation and accumulation. Keep kapha in balance with mental stimulation and physical activity. Eat warming spices like ginger and warm drinks, like tea. 

You should also make sure to exercise regularly. In the morning, try to get active right away, such as going for a walk or a yoga session. Avoid sitting for long periods by taking breaks every 30 minutes, by walking around or stretching. A standing desk is also a great way to stay on your feet and active throughout the day. 

Kapha Dosha.

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Lively Vata

Made of air and ether, the vata dosha controls bodily functions associated with motion, like blood flow, breathing, heartbeat, and the movement of thoughts through the mind. Those with dominant vata often feel lively and creative, but can also become restless and anxious. 

If your mind races and you feel uneasy, you can balance vata by eating warm, moist foods. A few other ways to balance vata include going to bed early, ideally by 10 PM, eating healthy fats and oils, drinking warm beverages, and preferring cooked dishes. Hot, spicy pungent foods disturb vata so avoid foods like chilies, radishes, and raw onions.

Vata Dosha.

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