Discovering Your Dosha

Last September, I experienced a holistic approach to nourishing my body, mind and soul through the “For Love Of Breakfast” at Nectar Juicery. If you don’t remember my post, click HERE. In the post I mentioned that Tori helped me discover my Dosha and I did a short version description of what it was. A few of you were interested in discovering your own and I never went back into detail about my dosha but better late than never, right??

What the heck is a dosha? It is the central concept of Ayurvedic medicine. It is the theory that health exists when there is a balance between three fundamental bodily bio-elements or doshas called Vata, Pitta and Kapha. But wait, what’s Ayurvedic medicine? It is the traditional Hindu system of medicine, which is based on the idea of balance in bodily systems and uses diet, herbal treatment, and yogic breathing. Through our journey at the breakfast, we were shown ways that we can use food and holistic practices to better our bodies and understand our causes and effects once we’ve discovered our dosha.

1. Vata – It is characterised by properties of dry, cold, light, minute, and movement. All movement in the body is due to property of vata. Pain is the characteristic feature of deranged vata. Some of the diseases due to vata is windy humour, flatulence, gout, rheumatism, etc
2. Pitta – It is the fiery element or bile that secreted between the stomach and bowels and flowing through the liver and permeating spleen, heart, eyes, and skin; It is characterised by hotness, moist, liquid, sharp and sour, its chief quality is heat. It is the energy principle which uses bile to direct digestion and enhance metabolism. It is primarily characterised by body heat or burning sensation and redness
3. Kapha – It is the watery element, it is characterised by heaviness, cold, tenderness, softness, slowness, lubrication, and the carrier of nutrients. It is nourishing element of the body. All the soft organs are made by kapha, it plays an important role in taste perception, Joint nourishment and lubrication.

Surprise, surprise,  I am Pitta! Tori walked me through what it takes to maintain a Pitta in relationships with Alex and my friends and provided me on the knowledge to understand what my body needs and how to give it. With that, I decided to take in more information and see how I can adapt my dosha into my everyday routines. Below you will see my “constitution”. This is my makeup of the 3 doshas as we will all be some form of each but one will be stronger than the others. The information below reflects what my inblances are, what needs to be worked on and what I can do to find my path to balance. I took this test before taking my Myer’s Briggs test and they are pretty much identical descriptions except my dosha results are much deeper in holisticly treating my inbalances. So, what have I done to find my path to balance?

  • Routine – Now that I’m back to my freelance marketing career I have more time to develop my own routine. I’m a creature of habit so creating a routine for work, eating and physical fitness has been able to balance out my day
  • Deep Self-Care – I schedule in time 4-5 days a week for physical fitness and little things like face masks, massages, etc. every few weeks to once a month. This year, I decided to structure my days according to how what my body and mind needs. Instead of waking up and checking emails and getting shit done immediately, I’ve slowed down. I wake up, eat something small, take in my morning talk shows, hit up a 9:45am – 10:45 fitness class, shower / skin care routine, eat a full breakfast / early lunch and then open my emails. I work 4-5 hours a day and that’s all I need to ensure that my days are spent on quality hours of self-care and actual work.
  • Practices – I start and end each working week with Hatha Yoga. Mondays and Fridays are set to my slower days to wind up and down from the weekends. I begin with a 12PM yoga class that is focused on breathing and small movements to wake up my body.
  • Diet – I’m looking for foods that will leave me less fiery so unfortunately that means no more cinnamon… except for Christmas because come on, EVERYTHING has cinnamon at Christmas time. I’ve added more turmeric, kale and root vegetables to my meals and am trying to avoid foods that are sour, salty and hot… honestly, this has been the hardest part because those are actually my favourite foods.

I’m taking these changes one step at a time and easing them in at a slow pace. So far, I’ve noticed only positive changes and even my digestion has changed for the better! If you would also like to understand which Dosha you are, I recommend this quick quiz.

 

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