Typically thin and slight, Vata types have dry, cool skin that tends toward flakiness, and dry, thin hair. Vatas are creative and enthusiastic but can be nervous and prone to anxiety.
Ayurveda, or “the science of life,” is a natural wellness system that originated in India over 5,000 years ago. Today’s Ayurveda is built on ancient scriptures and knowledge of the therapeutic properties of plants, developed and refined over many centuries.
Let’s demystify the core concepts so you can benefit from all that Ayurvedic wisdom.
What Do I Need To Know?
According to Ayurveda, outer beauty is a reflection of inner beauty: this can only be achieved when there is a balance between body, mind and soul.
Ayurvedic botanical extracts promote balance.
Out of respect and reverence for nature, all beneficial parts of the plant are used.
Humans are not separate from nature, but rather part of it.
All matter (including your body) is made up of 5 elements:
The combination of these elements determines your DOSHA, or constitution.
You have all 3 doshas in your body. Most people have 1 dominant dosha, sometimes 2. Your doshic makeup is responsible for body type, characteristics, and personality.
Your “Prakruti” (innate constitution) does not change. Your “Vikruti,” on the other hand, is the current state of your doshas, and reflects any imbalances caused by your environment, diet, lifestyle, external stressors, etc.
The Doshas can help you better understand yourself.
Fire & Water
Pitta types are average size and relatively muscular. Their skin is warm, reddish, and irritable. Blessed with a sharp intellect, Pittas are assertive and outgoing, but can get angry easily.
Water & Earth
Usually of stocky build and larger bones, Kapha types have pale, moist, or oily skin. Known and loved for their warm, accommodating nature, they’re everyone’s “rock.” Can tend toward lethargy.
I Know My Dosha. What’s Next?
When you understand your Dosha, or what makes you unique, you’ll be able to incorporate foods, activities, and self-care rituals that help you achieve harmony and balance.
You may have noticed that each of the 3 Doshas roughly corresponds to a skin type: Vata is dry/dehydrated, Pitta is sensitive, and Kapha is oily.
Keeping this in mind, you’ll be able to choose the most suitable products for your own unique constitution.