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romina-vintilaEach person has a unique mind and body constitution which creates inherent differences in people.  Some may be talkative and hyperactive, while others tend to be more quiet and still.  Some people may have an iron-stomach, while others get digestive upset with the slightest thing.  Some have difficulty keeping weight on and others have trouble taking it off.  According to Ayurveda, these tendencies are determined from your make-up of the three Doshas: Vata, Pitta, and Kapha.  And more recently, these factors have been found to align with specific genetic differences.  When we understand our own unique make-up and what it takes to keep ourselves in balance, we are able to achieve greater health and wellbeing.  To learn more about your mind and body type, take the quiz below.

body-type-quiz2A person with a predominantly Vata constitution will have physical and mental qualities that reflect the elemental qualities of Air and Space – movement, coolness, lightness and dryness. They tend to move quickly, be creative, and have digestive difficulties.  That is why Vata types are commonly quick thinking, thin, and fast moving. A person with a Pitta predominant consitution, will have qualities reflecting the elements of Fire and Water – heat, intensity, and fluidity.  This can manifest as a fiery temperament, warmer body, and tendency towards inflammation. A Kapha type will reflect the elements of Earth and Water – structurally and mentally solid and stable, with an ability to go with the flow.  Kapha types tend to have a solid body frame and and easy and calm nature.

For most people, one dosha predominates, but there may also be a second dosha that also has a strong influence.  Very rarely, people have all three doshas in equal balance.

While our inherent nature does not change much, our lifestyle can impact the balance of doshas and subsequently our health.  The doshas are dynamic energies that change in response to our environment – the foods we eat, our activities, our thoughts and emotions, the seasons and climate, and other sensory inputs that influence our mind and body. When we live in alignment with our individual natures, our lifestyle choices create balance within our doshas. When we live against our intrinsic natures, unhealthy patterns can lead to physical and mental imbalances.