Ayurvedic theory

The Principles of Ayurveda

Understanding the Fundamentals of Ayurveda: The Three Doshas

Every living thing is made up of five elements, including our own bodies. These five elements are the building blocks of all things in existence and make up everything physical we see around us. When it comes to living matter specifically, three forces known as doshas dictate pretty much every process there is.

Doshas are just words for “that which causes things to decay.” They’re responsible for diseases that come about when a person’s inner nature and environment aren’t aligned. 

VATA, meaning "that which moves things," is mostly air with a little bit of ether mixed in. It’s behind bodily movements and sensations like digestion, as well as mental balance and comprehension.

PITTA, meaning "that which digests things," is primarily fire, with water coming in second place. This force keeps chemical and metabolic changes happening in the body and allows us to digest ideas and impressions too.

KAPHA, meaning "that which holds things together," is basically just water with some earth. It gives our bodies strength and stability while supporting healing processes along the way.

The three doshas together regulate all life activities, including catabolism (Vata), metabolism (Pitta), and anabolism (Kapha). Too much Vata can lead to the body's defenses breaking down, too much Pitta messes with metabolism and heat production, while too much Kapha results in increased tissue growth and weight gain.

3 Doshas and their bodies

At Ayurvida Wellness and Clinic, we provide the best Ayurvedic Consultation and personalized Ayurvedic Treatments based on Dosha Analysis. 

Christianne Madrazo. Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner, graduate of Mount Madonna Institute, College of Ayurveda in California, and student of Dr. Vasant Lad, one of the world’s foremost experts in Ayurveda.

AyurVida Wellness and Clinic is located in Mission Hills, San Diego, CA.


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