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Discover Your Dosha

Discover Your Dosha

This is the basis for the ancient Indian medicinal system known as Ayurveda. Ayurveda was developed thousands of years ago, before any of the high-tech westernized medicine was even a thought or a blip of a thought. Practitioners would look at body types and features to determine how this would affect or strengthen a person’s health. And the good news is, you can use it today!

Each person has a main body type, or Dosha (in Ayurveda), that helps determine everything from physical characteristics and personality traits to ideal weight and health. Each Dosha has things (foods, activities, habits, etc) that can throw you out of balance or bring you into balance.

The three main types of Doshas are Vata, Pitta, and Kapha.

Vata's are usually smaller, petite framed and lose weight very easily. When they are out of balance, they have intermittent digestion, constipation, drop weight or hold it in their hips, and feel stressed, ungrounded, and frazzled. When they are in balance, they are creative and great multi-taskers.

Pitta's are usually a medium, athletic build and can be quite fiery when out of balance. An unbalanced Pitta can have a temper, break out in rashes, and suffer form heartburn or huge surges of hunger. Pitta's have good digestion that when imbalanced, becomes slightly fiery in the form of indigestion and heartburn. A pitta who is in balance is sharp, strong, and has a fantastic memory.

Kapha's tend to be larger framed, both taller and larger bone structure. Kapha's tend to gain weight easily and have sluggish digestion. A kapha who is out of balance can become super mellow and not get much done. A kapha who is in balance has high energy reserves and is mellow without becoming lazy.

By figuring out with dosha you are, or what combination of doshas you are, you can learn to balance your digestion, your weight, and your energy levels.

To find out which dosha you most likely are, head over to one of these resources:
Deepak Chopra Quiz
John Douillard Quiz 
Joyful Belly Ayurveda

Just remember that while these are great tools, they are not medical advice nor are they as thorough as seeing an Ayurvedic Practitioner. This is more of way to pinpoint where you might be at right now, and what might be throwing you off-balance or away from health.

By Jessi Andricks

Jessi Andricks is a Charleston, SC area yoga and fitness teacher. She specializes in a mind-body approach to fitness, to help people regain their energy and learn to fuel their lives through exercise, whole foods, and holisitic habits. Read more about Jessie at

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