It is important to remember that we all have innate strengths and gifts, as well as persistent challenge areas. Understanding the interplay of elements in our bodies and minds is an effective way to shed light on our self-awareness, helping us understand how to provide support precisely when and when it matters most. In Ayurveda, the predominant combinations of elements are seen as three main “doshas” By learning to see where we have tipped toward imbalance, awareness allows us to look for corrective paths.
Here is how elemental imbalance can manifest in each dosha:
Vata (ether, air)
When out of balance, vata tends to cause fear, anxiety, isolation, loneliness, and exhaustion. It can lead to both physical and energetic depletion, disrupt proper communication, and cause all sorts of abnormal movements in the body, such as tics, tremors, and muscle spasms. Dryness can cause gas and constipation.
Pitta (water, fire)
When out of balance, pitta causes fiery, reactionary emotions such as frustration, anger, jealousy, and criticism. Imbalanced pitta is often at the root of inflammatory disorders, which can affect organs and tissues throughout the body. Fast digestion can result in frequent loose bowel movements
Kapha (earth, water)
When out of balance, kapha triggers emotions of attachment, greed, and possessiveness and can also create stubbornness, lethargy, and resistance to change. Physically, kapha tends to invite stagnation and congestion in organs and tissues throughout the body—including the mind.
An Ayurvedic Wellness Consultation can help make sense of your imbalance and suggest ways of tipping you back toward a path to vibrant health. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule today.
Written by Astra Apsitis, Broken Tusk Wellness Education