Balancing the Doshas

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Balancing the doshas can be achieved by measures that are opposite to the disturbing influences. Vata for example is balanced by rest, regularity and warmth. Especially recommended are warm oil massages. Pitta is controlled through cooling and calming; avoid hot spices and alcohol. Kapha requires warmth, hot spices as well as physical activity (exercise) and stimulation for balance.

To balance the doshas on a permanent basis, Ayurveda recommends healthy, individually adjusted nutrition, a regular daily routine, specific food supplements, Panchakarma, aroma and music therapy, physical and breathing exercises and the practise of meditation, a simple mental technique to develop the full potential of mind and body.

Ayurveda describes three basic principles (doshas) which can be found everywhere in nature, including our mind and body. For normal and healthy functioning of our physiology and for a settled and alert mind, balance of the three doshas is necessary.

Many factors influence the doshas - e.g. our daily routine or the seasons - litterally all the influences that we face day by day.

Vata Kapha Pitta

A person with predominating Vata in his basic constitution tends to:
· light, thin build
· curly hair more likely
· dry skin
· acts quickly
· quick to learn, quick to forget
· tendency to worry
· light, interrupted sleep
· irregular digestive power, irregular appetite
· tendency to constipation
· averse to cold weather

A person with predominating Kapha in his basic constitution tends to:
· solid, heavier build
· dark, abundant hair (tends to be greasy)
· oily, smooth skin
· acts slowly, methodical
· slow to learn, slow to forget (good memory)
· tranquil, steady
· heavy, long sleep
· slow digestion, mild appetite
· regular elimination
· averse to damp weather

A person with predominating Pitta in his basic constitution tends to:
· moderate build
· thin, fair hair (blond, reddish,
early gray)
· reddish complexion, moles and freckles
· acts with medium speed
· medium time to learn, medium memory
· tendency to anger
· sound sleep
· strong digestion and appetite
· frequent bowel movements
· averse to hot weather

These factors bring imbalance to Vata:
·stress, over - exertion
· irregular daily routine
· going to bed late
· raw, cold, dry and light food
· coffee, tea, cigarettes, carbonated soft drinks
· watching TV
· traveling long distances
· cold, windy weather (autumn, winter)
These factors bring imbalance to Kapha:
· too little mental and physical activity
· sleep during the day
· heavy, greasy and cold food, too much food
· sweet, sour, salty food
· humid and cold weather, spring season

These factors bring imbalance to Pitta:
· anger, hot temper
· too much mental activity
· too much physical activity
· hot, spicy, sour and salty food
· coffee, tea, alcohol, cigarettes
· noisy, aggressive music
· heat, hot weather
Vata is balanced by the following factors:
· regular routine
· regular relaxation and enough sleep
· keeping warm
· warm nourishing food
· sweet, sour and salty food
· warm oil massages
· Vata Tea, Vata Churna

Kapha is balanced by the following factors:
· activity (sport)
· excitement
· early rising
· warm, light and dry food
· hot, astringent and bitter food
· purification treatments in spring
· dry massage with silk gloves (Garshan)
· Kapha Tea, Kapha Churna
Pitta is balanced by the following factors:
· moderation (work, exercise)
· sufficient relaxation
· swimming
· avoiding hot weather
· sweet, bitter and astringent food
· Ghee, Pitta Tea, Pitta Churna

 

 
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