Its all about balance, baby!
A lot of people have been asking me about why I practice Ayurvedic Beauty lately so I thought that it was time to clearly explain Ayurveda and the doshas. We all need to revisit the basics once and a while – so I thought it was by time I wrote an explanation the Ayurvedic Doshas. Obviously its in my book “Beauty, Pure and Simple” but lets be honest – sometimes we want a coles notes. For those who want to understand this beautiful science of healing, this is part one of a three post series. Here, I will explain Vata while next I will outline Pitta and Kapha so you can all understand the foundations of Ayurvedic Philosophy.
From the beginning….
Ayurveda is an ancient Indian Science of Healing which believes that wellness is found through the harmonization of our internal energies, known as Doshas. These Doshas are characterized by the elements: Vata (air), Pitta (fire) and Kapha (earth and water). We all possess all three doshas within us but are born with different ratios making us unique individuals – most often with one or two predominant Doshas. According to Ayurveda, all ailments are caused by imbalance of our constitution. When we live, eat and think in a way that accumulates too much or too little of our original make-up, this is expressed in our physical and mental bodies. Problems with depletion stem from too much Vata space/ air in our bodies, while inflammation is prompted by excess Pitta heat, and a build-up of toxicity is rooted in the accumulation Kapha earth and water-retention.
Vata – Air
The Vata dosha embodies air, ether and space. With air being this dosha’s symbol, it is mobile, dry, rough, brittle and light. Vata is ever-moving, ever-changing and inconsistent. This makes Vata personalities both exciting and frustrating. Vata governs movement, circulation and the intangible nervous system. In TCM this is known as Qi (Chi).
Vata-predominant people are said to be more spirit than matter. What does that mean? Well, while they are highly conceptual people who tend to live inside their heads, they also don’t have a robust physicality. Their elongated, willowy bodies seem to be light and full of air unlike heavy set Kaphas. Vata is dry and their skin tends to be dehydrated, making it rough and prone to wrinkles and fine lines. Their nails are also dry making them brittle and weak while their hair is usually fine and often curly (and dry). With their slim, delicate constitutions, Vatas also have little fat and oil so are at risk of premature aging.