Every human being is born with a unique proportion of the three biological energies (doshas) of Vata, Pitta and Kapha, which takes part in the formation of our mental and physical characteristics. In the course of life, the dosha proportions deviate from its original state for various reasons and subsequently, it affects our mental and physical health condition. The mental awareness, thoughts, emotions, relationships, diet, daily regime, lifestyle, seasons and environment we are living in, all influence the balance or imbalance of the doshas.
The three elementary characteristic types Vata, Pitta and Kapha have seven more various combinations (Vata-Pitta, Pitta-Vata, Vata-Kapha, Kapha-Vata, Pitta-Kapha, Kapha-Pitta, Vata-Pitta-Kapha). If we have a Pitta dominant nature, then we are Pitta type. If we can equally identify for instance with Vata and Pitta characteristics, then we are combined Vata-Pitta. However, even with the combined type, one characteristic is always more dominant than the other. An equally balanced Vata-Pitta-Kapha type is very unique.
What Happens if Dosha Deviates from its Original State
For instance, if somebody with Vata dominant nature begins to show signs of an ailment, it is mostly because his Vata-dosha has been dramatically aggravated. An excessive amount of any one of the three doshas always results in mental imbalance and improper functioning of some bodily organs. Our task then is to bring these life forces back to their originally balanced state. Understanding these psychosomatic principles, is the fundamental key to a healthy and balanced life. If we become more aware of their impact and effect, we will be able to avoid habits and stereotypes, which may later on cause a variety of ailments.
Read the instructions for keeping your dosha constitution in balance in the article Main Message of Ayurveda for Good Health - Listen to Yourself!