According to the ancient medicinal system of Ayurveda, the body is governed by 3 subtle Doshas or energy, known as Vata, Pitta and Kapha. An imbalance in the Doshas can affect one’s lifestyle adversely. Vata dosha, as defined in Charaka Samhita, includes the characteristics of light weight, constant mobility, dryness, a wispy quality and limitlessness. A person with more Vata in the constitution usually has a slender frame, is lively in thought and speech and has delicate skin.

An imbalance in Vata is characterized by restlessness, roughness, excitability and inexplicable anxiety. The aggravation of Vata can often disturb the healthy functioning of the mind and body. In case of imbalanced Vata, the person has racing thoughts, hyper tension and mental confusion.

As propounded by the Ayurvedic system of medicine, Pitta is the fire element. The 3 energies of the body, namely Pitta, Kapha and Vata are different combinations of the 5 elements of nature and are identified by their unique characteristics. A person with a Pitta constitution is characterized by a medium build, strong focus, sharp mind, competitiveness and distinct leadership qualities.  However, a pitta imbalance can distort or vitiate these qualities to an extent where the afflicted person becomes irritable, suffers from increased body temperature, excessive perspiration and premature thinning of hair.

Have you been feeling sluggish and fatigued lately? Is there a sinking sensation within, when you need to get out of bed in the morning? Does your skin feel oily and sticky all the time? Do you feel lethargic after meals? If you have just answered a big assertive ‘YES’ for all the above, then it’s time for you to sit up and take stock of the situation. These signs show that there is a Kapha imbalance in your body.

According to Ayurvedic principles, the Kapha Dosha governs the structural integrity of the body and protects it from the external environment by adding mass, stability and strength to it. A combination of water and earth, Kapha is believed to stabilize, calm and strengthen the system and empowers the body to ward of diseases. The Kapha Dosha is characterized by a strong physique, good appetite, glowing skin and an easy-going nature. Thus an imbalance in Kapha should be addressed surely and immediately.