How can I know my body type with relation to Ayurveda?

Every human is being a unique individual and Ayurvedic principles revolve around the concept of three doshas: Vata, Pitta and Kapha. These are three active energy forces that govern the functions of our body and mind. Although every individual has the three doshas, each of us inherits them in differing proportions. This accounts for our differences in health, longevity, appearance, preferences, aversions, behavioral patterns, and emotional tendencies. The basic knowledge of the body type helps one to determine the most auspicious lifestyle that will ensure health and longevity.

Vata body type

Individuals tend to be non-muscular, thin and active; but they lack the stamina for prolonged activity. They are restless, enthusiastic, and creative in nature, have a quick gait, rapid speech and frequently change decisions. The hair is thin, dark, coarse and either kinky or curly, face usually long and angular, has irregular teeth, thin lips and small eyes. They have restless minds and weak memories and are likely to be artistic. They have light, interrupted sleep.

Pitta body type

They are passionate and dedicated, but can be overly competitive, intolerant and irritable. They have moderately well-developed physique with muscular limbs and a stable gait, have loud, strong voice, and precise, convincing speech. The skin is soft, lustrous, warm, and tends to burn easily in the sun. Hair is fine and soft, fair, reddish / brownish hair that tends to grey soon. Face is heart-shaped, often with a pointed chin, pointed nose and medium sized lips. Their average sized eyes have intense lustre, which get red in summer or after bathing. They have an intellectual and precise disposition, are irritable, jealous and aggressive by nature. Discriminating and judgmental, they are articulate, learned and proud. Pitta people take strong decisions, organise affairs well, and their selectively excellent memory makes them fast learners. They argue with a sense of humour.

Kapha body type

A thick, broad, well-developed frame and large, long limbs go well with a pleasant, deep and resonant voice with low, slow, rhythmic speech. The skin is usually thick, oily and cold. With thick hair, round face, large nose, attractive eyes, full lips, white and big teeth, they are stable, patient personalities they are slow to anger. Loyal, honest and forgiving, they can be lethargic. Learning may be slow but memory will be strong. Long hours of deep sleep come naturally.

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You may not be of just one dosha; most fit predominantly into one and sometimes secondarily into another and rarely into the third. All body types are good and one cannot change their innate body types.

Dr VL Shyam is a Dubai-based Ayurveda practitioner. Got a problem? Our fantastic panel of renowned experts is available to answer all your questions related to fashion, well-being, nutrition, finance and hypnotherapy. Email your queries to