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Pitta Characteristics
Pitta is the principle of transformation and metabolism. It is made up of the elements of fire and water. People with a predominance of Pitta in their nature tend to have muscular bodies, penetrating minds, and a determined spirit. When Pitta is balanced, it fosters warmth, intelligence, and natural leadership. When Pitta is out of balance, it can manifest in irritability and aggressive behavior and lead to physical symptoms such as heartburn, acne, and ulcers.


Mind
Sharp, intellectual, direct, precise, discerning


Body
Medium build, warm, muscular


Skin
Sensitive, prone to acne and flushing


Hair
Tendency towards early graying or thinning


Appetite
Strong, can eat almost anything, anytime


Routine
Precise and organized


Temperament
Passionate, ambitious, courageous


Conversation Style
Speaks to convey a point


Shopping Style
Spends on luxury items


Stress Response

Tendency to blame others and ask, “What did you do
wrong?”

The Chopra Center

Discover your Dosha type

Dosha Quiz

An Introduction to your Mind-Body type

Saltergate Yoga

Kapha Characteristics

Kapha is the principle of protection, nourishment, and stability. It is made up of the earth and water elements. People with a predominance of Kapha in their nature tend to be heavyset, with a calm, grounded demeanor and a tendency to think things through and move at a slow, measured pace. When Kapha is balanced, it creates calmness, sweetness, and loyalty. When Kapha is out of balance, it can cause weight gain, lethargy, and resistance to healthy change.


Mind
Detail-orientated, steady, consistent


Body
Sturdy, gains weight easily and has trouble losing it


Skin
Smooth, oily


Hair
Thick, oily


Appetite
Loves to eat but has a slow digestion


Routine
Methodical and steady, resistant to change


Temperament
Thoughtful, forgiving, sweet, patient, loving, content, slow-moving


Conversation Style
Simple and profound


Shopping Style
Saves


Stress Response
Tendency to withdraw and say, “I don’t want to deal with it!

10 Tips for Greater Health for Your Dosha


Keep Calm and Centered: A Daily Balancing Routine for Vata


1. Wake up at the same time every day. This will help you develop a good routine and ensure you get abundant, restful sleep. This is vital for Vatas, who tend to push themselves to the point of physical or mental exhaustion.
2. When you get up, drink a glass of warm water. This signals your physiology to eliminate toxins.
3. Meditate for 10 minutes, or longer if you can, letting the inner quiet set the tone for your day. Set an intention, something simple such as, “Today I feel centered and joyful in everything I do.”
4. Massage your body with a nourishing, warming oil such as sesame or almond. You may also want to gently rub a drop of sesame oil inside your nasal passages, which have a tendency to become dry in Vata types.
5. Bathe.
6. Wear clothing made with soft fabrics in earth tones and mild pastel shades, which calm Vata types.
7. Eat a healthy breakfast with awareness.
8. Perform your morning work and activity. Focus on one thing at a time. The brain can’t actually multitask, so trying to type an email while answering a call and planning a trip will only create Vata imbalances in your mind-body system.
9. Throughout the day, drink lots of warm liquids such as hot water and herbal teas to prevent dehydration. You can prepare a fresh ginger tea by placing a teaspoon of fresh grated ginger into a pint thermos bottle and filling it with hot water.
10. Enjoy a relaxing, warm bath before bed; add a few drops of aromatic oil such as vanilla, lavender, sandalwood, or rose to the water.



Stay Cool and Collected: A Daily Balancing Routine for Pitta


1. Wake up by 6 a.m. every day. This will help you develop a good routine and ensure you get abundant, restful sleep. This is important for Pittas, who tend have trouble falling or staying asleep when they feel stressed and out of balance.
2. When you get up, drink a glass of warm water. This signals your physiology to eliminate toxins.
3. Meditate for 10 minutes, or longer if you can, letting the inner quiet set the tone for your day. Set an intention for your day—something simple such as, “Every step I take is filled with calm and ease.”
4. Massage your body with cooling and soothing oils such as coconut, sunflower, or olive.
5. Take a cool shower or bath.
6. Get dressed, choosing clothing in cooling colors such as blue, green, and silver.
7. Eat a healthy breakfast with awareness.
8. Perform your morning work and activity.
9. Leave plenty of “space” in your schedule between appointments and due dates. Pittas tend to overschedule themselves and then become stressed by the time pressure. Whenever you find yourself feeling pressured or irritated, focus your attention on taking three slow, deep breaths.

10. Enjoy a relaxed evening. Spend time with friends and family, appreciating the gifts of loving relationships.


Get Energized: A Daily Balancing Routine for Kapha


1. Wake up just before 6 a.m. In Ayurveda, the period between 6 and 10 a.m. is a time of increased Kapha energy, so by getting up before this Kapha period, you’ll avoid that feeling of heaviness you can get even after a good night’s sleep.
2. When you get up, drink a glass of warm water. This signals your physiology to eliminate toxins.
3. Meditate for 10 minutes, or longer if you can, letting the inner quiet set the tone for your day. Set an intention for your day—something simple such as, “I enjoy vital energy in every cell of my body.”
4. Massage your body with light, warming oils such as safflower or sunflower.
5. Bathe.
6. Wear clothing in bright colors that energize Kapha, such as yellow, orange, and red. If you don’t like wearing those colors, use them in your environment. For example, set a vase of vibrant sunflowers on your desk at work, or choose a piece of artwork that has vibrant Kapha-balancing tones.
7. Eat a healthy breakfast with awareness.
8. Perform your morning work and activity.
9. Exercise every day. Try invigorating practices such as running, bicycling, swimming, and dancing. You don’t have to exercise for hours at a time—even 20 minutes will energize you; though, as a Kapha, you can benefit by exercising
for longer periods. Aim for between 45 and 60 minutes. The most important thing is to be sure to break a sweat every day. You may also enjoy participating in competitive sports or outdoor activities that include an element of risk or
excitement, such as rock climbing, sea kayaking, or white-water rafting.
10. Throughout the day, sip on warm, ginger tea, which is delicious and invigorating for Kapha.

Vata Characteristics
Vata is the principle of movement and change. It is made up of the elements of air and space. People with a predominance of the Vata dosha in their nature tend to be thin, light, and quick in their thought and action. When Vata is balanced, it generates creativity, enthusiasm, and liveliness. When Vata becomes unbalanced, it can manifest in symptoms such as anxiety, insomnia, indigestion, and dry skin.


Mind
Creative, quick, imaginative


Body
Thin, light frame


Skin
Dry


Hair
Dry


Appetite
Delicate, spontaneous, tendency to skip meals


Routine
Variable, spontaneous


Temperament
Welcomes new experiences, enthusiastic, friendly, energetic


Conversation Style
Loves to talk


Shopping Style
Buy, buy, buy!


Stress Response
Tendency to blame oneself and ask, “What did I do wrong?”