Ayurveda is the world’s most time honored health system. Developed in India over 6,000 years ago. Ayurveda (which translates as “knowledge of life”) is a natural approach for creating balance and strengthening the body’s healing abilities.
Ayurvedic Medicine is based on the concept of the three doshas – Tridosha. Dosha commonly means ‘force’, something which can easily go out of balance, leading to a disorder in the body or mind. The concept of dosha is not unlike the traditional Western idea of three basic body types – ectomorph (lean and delicate), mesomorph (compact and muscular) and endomorph (stocky).
Most of us are a combination of two or three types. The Ayurvedic tridosha are known as Vata (regulates movement), Pitta (regulates metabolism) and Kapha (regulates structure). Ayurveda teaches that every living organism is made up of a combination of the three doshas, and that the doshas themselves combine two of the five elements; Vata is Ether and Air; Pitta is Fire and Water; Kapha is Water and Earth. All three doshas work together. One’s individual mind/body type is determined by the natural predominance of one or more of these three doshas in the body.
To discover your dosha type, take our dosha quiz.