Doshas: What they may reveal about you.

An Introduction to these “Mind-Body” Types

Could learning a little Ayurvedic tradition guide you to a better life? Is it possible that a pearl of ancient wisdom has enough merit to make a difference in our modern world lifestyle? Perhaps learning HOW we interact with the elements might hold the key.

The 3 Doshas Elements and Attributes.

The Ayurvedic Institute explains this way: “We know that fire is hot and that water and earth are cold. It is these ELEMENTS that act upon us. The way we each experience these elements is unique to each of us.” These earth elements are labeled attributes. They are air, water, fire, earth, and ether, ultimately, described as “states of matter.” Above all, it is the quality of the states mentioned above of matter.” is experienced differently by each

Dosha types.

These three main types are called Kapha, Pitta, and Vata. These mind-body types or Doshas possess unique emotional as well as physical characteristics.

Ancient wisdom behind Dosha types.

This 5-6,000- year-old practice of Doshas is still practiced in India but is becoming a tool for people today who want to gain knowledge and insight into HOW they should be living their lives. We may have much to gain from age-old practices. From the foods that you should eat for your best energy to obtaining the highest level of personal enlightenment. All of these might be clues that lie in your mind-body type.

The wisdom lies in knowing what elements a substance is made of. It is in this way that we can understand the effect it produces. Therefore, the effects ARE the attributes. In essence, we can learn to optimize our health by knowing how we respond to these elements.

Dosha type and personality.


The Vata dosha governs your heartbeat, breathing, and all movement, which would include bodily functions. The elements represented are air and ether. In Hindu philosophy, Prana or life force comes into the body with each breath, the food we eat, and from the earth and ethers. Therefore, deep breathing is vital for everyone but especially important for the Vata type. Air and ether are related to as “wind.”


When in balance, these types are creative, adaptive, and full of vitality. Energy bursts are not uncommon. Movement helps them to stay in balance and tend to be slim and slender. Not being fond of cold weather, the Vata shows appreciation and affinity for warmer climates. Consequently, a Vata may exhibit cold extremities, brittle hair, and dry skin. However, this is a very creative type with much tolerance for others and is full of imagination and ideas.


Imbalance in the Vata type can easily be anxious and fearful. In other words, the Vata type must breathe, minimize stress, and find something that fuels their creativity because movement and change are essential for the Vata type. Additionally, when out of balance, Vata Dosha types may find themselves with digestive challenges or weight loss. However, when agitated, the Vata type is much like a hurricane. In other words, a ripe example of the air/wind this type represents.  will find an ULTIMATE GUIDE for Vata here.


Pitta represents the elements of fire and water. They have a fiery nature. In both body and mind. If you add fire to water is easy to understand that the Pitta type means “that which cooks.  Understandably,  metabolism, body temperature, nutrition, and digestion are mainly affected by this mind/body type. Typically, you will note a Pitta to possess an athletic nature with a sturdy frame and medium build. As you can guess, the governing organs of the Pitta body are the small intestine, stomach, liver, spleen, pancreas, blood, eyes, and sweat.  The Pitta dosha nature is quite intense. Could your Dosha be predisposing you to digestive distress?

Most Pitta types are sound sleepers and have a strong sex drive. Speaking of digestion, you might find a Pitta gravitating toward hot spicy foods akin to their nature. As a result, imbalance and too much heat occur. However, cooling foods are a fast fix. You see many Pitta types as entrepreneurs. And don’t expect a Pitta to give it to you gently. They will eagerly speak their mind—these traits, when not in balance, can cause them to be a little overbearing or demanding. Fire breathing dragons come to mind.

Mostly, you will find the Pitta dosha to have great intellect and a buoyant personality. If they are not balanced, they will make your life miserable. You will be showered by bitterness and rage.

Learn more here about Pitta.


The elements of earth and water describe the Kapha dosha. In other words, this type is a representation of everything that is dense in the body, such as bones, teeth, and muscles. Kapha means “that which sticks” and makes sense, considering that our bones and other connective tissue are what hold us together. It’s no wonder that this type is quite a grounded and nurturing soul if you find them in balance. Love and compassion are the strong suits of Kapha. They like the lighter side of life and enjoy frequent relaxation breaks.  Notably, you will find this much more opposite than the other two doshas which like to go, go, go.

Kapha is the Dosha that is most affected by digestion issues if they are not careful with what they eat. Especially, too much salt. They don’t DO stress. Ultimately, when not balanced, digestion stagnates and the bowel becomes lazy. When this happens, it is similar to a swollen, boggy swamp. Sluggishness and depression occur. Additionally, keeping routine is a must to follow, and that routine does not need to include excitement. The mundane is quite fine for them.

To learn more about which Dosha you might be (or a mix of ), you can take the quiz below.

Dosha Quiz link HERE.

Chart courtesy of FABIO De GIOVANNI