1 The Three Ayurvedic Doshic Types

You can determine your Ayurvedic mind-body or doshic type by taking an Ayurvedic constitutional test, such as are found in Ayurvedic texts. Consultation with an Ayurvedic doctor is another way. You can also examine descriptions of these types below and see where your characteristics most commonly fall. I have also added a few basic planetary correlations to the usual doshic traits.

Vata Types

Vata types are usually taller or shorter than average in height. They are thin-boned with thin builds, with muscles not well-developed and often with prominent veins. Their skin is dry, cracked, or rough, and lacking in luster. Their teeth are not always well formed and may be crooked or have spaces in between. Vatas often have the appearance of being undernourished and find it hard to gain weight. Their connection with Saturn, a drying, reducing and emaciating planet, is usually in evidence in their appearance.

Vatas have a variable or erratic digestion with a strong appetite at some times and very little at others. They easily suffer from constipation, abdominal distention and gas. Their urine is scanty and they seldom perspire very much. They are particularly sensitive to cold, wind and dryness. These factors also reflect the influence of Saturn that causes retention of waste materials, debility and poor resistance to disease. Vatas more commonly end up suffering from wasting or degenerative disorders, or nervous system problems (Saturn and Rahu problems).

Vata types are active and energetic often beyond the scope of their physical structure, following a kind of nervous energy from within. They enjoy speed and like running, flying and movement of all types, though their endurance is not strong. They suffer from overwork, over exercise and tend to overextend themselves. Their activity level reflects mainly the influence of Mercury, which allows them to move quickly, with their poor stamina reflecting Saturn and Rahu which reduce their vitality. Vatas are often Mercurial when young but Satur-nian when old.

Vatas are light sleepers and suffer from insomnia or restless dreams. This is particularly true if Rahu dominates their chart, which creates a nervous hypersensitivity. Vatas are talkative and communicative and can be good conversationalists. They can be highly intellectual and grasp many different points of view. But sometimes they are superficial in their ideas and talk on mechanically. Their will is indecisive and they seldom stick with anything for long. While they may be knowledgeable of many different things, they often cannot determine which is right and waver in their views. These are largely Mercurial traits.

Vatas can be highly socially oriented and like to mix with others (particularly when Mercury is strong). Yet when Vata is too high (Saturn and Rahu), they often become loners, suffer from alienation and find themselves unable to relate to anyone.

Vata types suffer emotionally most commonly from fear and insecurity. They suffer from anxiety, depression or ungroundedness (generally Saturn and Rahu). They have quickly changing and often unstable emotions. They easily get spaced out and may be absent minded. Their memory is often short term or erratic. They are not entirely present in their bodies and may be a bit clumsy. Yet when well developed they possess the greatest agility of body and mind of all the Ayurvedic types.

Relative to career, Vatas make good teachers, consultants or computer programmers, and work well with the media. They are excellent at thinking, writing and organizing data, reflecting once again their connection to Mercury. They have a strong artistic side and can be poets, musicians or dancers. They like to be rebels, tend to be eccentric and are innovative in their ideas, which can lead them into a spiritual direction in life. This is usually due to a Saturn influence. Yet an afflicted Saturn can keep them in subservient roles in life, working for others, and not getting a lot of recognition for what they do.

Pitta Types

Pitta-types are usually of average height, build and frame and generally possess good health. They have well developed muscles and a ruddy or glowing complexion. Their skin is prone to acne, rashes and other inflammatory skin disorders, and is usually a bit oily. They bruise and bleed easily. Their eyes easily get red or light sensitive and they often have to wear glasses. Their hair is thin, often red or blond in color, and they tend towards early graying or balding. They are sensitive to heat and prefer all things that are cooling. The warming influence of the Sun and Mars is evident in all their traits.

Pittas possess an appetite and thirst that is good, sharp or excessive, though their weight usually remains moderate. Their discharges of feces, urine or mucus tend to be of yellow color and large in quantity, reflecting an excess of bile. They sweat easily and their sweat and other discharges may be malodorous. Their sleep is moderate in duration but not always good in quality. They have many dreams, which are often passionate, sometimes violent or disturbing.

The health of Pittas may suffer more from accidents than disease, which often occur from their own recklessness or aggression. When they do have diseases, these are usually of a febrile, infectious or toxic blood type often involving the liver, spleen or small intestine. These « are usually Mars-caused problems, though Sun-caused heart diseases or Ketu-caused nervous system disorders also occur for them.

Pittas are prone to anger and are competitive, if not domineering. They have strong wills and can be impulsive and sudden in their actions (Sun and Mars influences). They like to be leaders and shine in what they do, but can be fanatic or insensitive. They like the use of force and are prone to argument or violence. They enjoy color, drama and passion and can be good orators and debaters.

Pittas are intelligent, perceptive and discriminating. With a good --understanding of mechanics and mathematics, they make good scientists and technicians. They often like to work with tools, weapons or chemistry. They have probing minds and are good at research and invention. They can also excel as psychologists, doctors or surgeons. They can have the deep insight that goes with Ketu on spiritual matters and can be good astrologers.

Most military persons, policemen, lawyers and politicians are Pitta types and Mars is usually their strongest planet. They have a natural interest in law and punishment. Yet Pittas may lack compassion and have a hard time seeing a point of view that is different from their own.

Kapha Types

Kapha-types are usually short and stocky and heavy in build. Sometimes they are tall but they always possess a large frame with big bones. Their skin is thick and their flesh is well developed. They hold excess weight and water unless they work hard to keep it off. Their eyes are large and white, with large lashes. Their hair is abundant and thick. Their teeth are large, white and attractive. They sleep easily, often excessively and may be lazy. They suffer from cold and dampness but possess strong endurance. In short, Kapha physical factors reflect mainly the influences of the Moon and Jupiter. However, they often have attractive facial features, reflecting the influence of Venus.

Kaphas easily accumulate phlegm in their bodies and suffer most from bronchial and pulmonary disorders, including asthma. They easily get edema and can have weak kidneys as well. They are most prone to obesity and its consequent diseases like arthritis, heart disease and diabetes. Yet if they can control their weight they are the longest living and healthiest of all the types. Their diseases are also mainly of the Moon and Jupiter.

Kaphas are emotional types with much love, devotion and loyalty (Moon and Venus influence). Yet they also possess much desire and attachment and may be greedy or acquisitive (Venus and lower Jupiterian influences). Kapha women are often romantic and sentimental and cry easily.

Reflecting the influence of the Moon, Kaphas are generally conservative, traditional or conventional in their behavior and beliefs. They like to belong and seldom rebel, functioning best as part of a family or community rather than on their own. They are largely content, if not complacent in their disposition and accept things as they are. They are stable and cgnsistent but sometimes stagnate. They do not like to change and find it difficult to even when they want to.

Kaphas are friendly, particularly with people they know, and create life long associations. Yet they can have difficulties relating to strangers or foreigners. While they do not like to hurt others, they can be insensitive to the needs of others if these are different than their own.

They do not take hints easily. Often they have to be confronted or criticized before they take action.

Mentally, Kaphas are slower than the other types in their ability to grasp new information, but what they learn is retained. They are not creative or inventive but do carry things out and make them practical. They are better at finishing projects than at producing new ideas. They like to bring things into form and create institutions and establishments. When their Jupiter is strong they can be highly intelligent, however, with much power of memory and concentration and great steadiness of mind. In this case they can even be good philosophers and yogis.

Kaphas are usually good parents and providers and like to care for others. Kapha women are good mothers and wives, excelling at cooking, baking and homemaking, again owing to the strong lunar influence. Kapha types may be cooks or work in restaurants. With their large chests, good lungs and good voices, Kaphas make good singers. They like to accumulate wealth and hold firmly to what they get. They do well at real estate and property management and make good bankers. They are able to accumulate things externally, just as they tend to hold weight or emotions internally.

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