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Know your Body Type - The Ayurveda Way

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For Maximum Benefit out of Ayurveda Products - It is best to have an idea of your Dosha Type - You can always consult an Ayurveda Life Consultant for a Dosha Test or there are lot of Internet sites offering a free test online. You can also follow the guidelines below to see which characteristics fit you the most.

VATA PERSONALITY & CHARACTERISTICS

Physical Appearance: Thin build; either tall or short. Vata people walk and talk fast, and tire easily. Their appetite is variable and good digestive strength is missing .Vata skin is dry and thin. They have poor circulation and complain easily of being cold, particularly at the periphery: nose, feet, and hands.

Psychological: Vata predominant person has a quick mind; they grasp things quickly but forget them quickly. Vata people do not have a lot of will power, confidence or boldness. They are creative and flexible and easily "go with the flow." Their creativity often makes it hard for them to remain focused, tending to go hither and thither. They can earn money quickly and spend it quickly. They are alert, restless and very active.

Physical: Vata influencing areas of the body are in the colon, brain, ears, bones, joints, skin. Hence Vata types are susceptible to diseases such as, cold or aching joints, dry skin and hair, emphysema, arthritis, constipation, flatulence, tics, twitches, nerve disorders and mental confusion.

Emotional: When unbalanced, Vata types have a tendency to become anxious, nervous, and indecisive.

PITTA PERSONALITY & CHARACTERISTICS

Physical Appearance: Medium builds because Pitta people have strong metabolism, good digestion and strong appetites. They can gain weight but lose it easily. They have fair skin with moles, freckles. There is low tolerance of bright sunlight, heat. Pitta people are warm to the touch and their hands and feet stay warm. Hair is soft and has a tendency for premature greying or hair loss. They perspire easily. Pitta people sleep well and moderate in duration.

Psychological: Pitta types are alert and intelligent and have good powers of comprehension. They like structure and organization and are good planners. Pitta people like to be leaders and seek material prosperity. They like to exhibit their wealth and possessions. They are ambitious and athletic.

Physical: Pitta people tend to have diseases involving fire (metabolism/digestion) principle: allergies, inflammatory diseases, skin rashes, burning sensations, acid reflux, diarrhoea, ulceration, colitis, or sore throats, fevers,

Emotional: They are easily agitated, aggressive and tend toward hate, anger, jealousy when imbalanced. Pitta people tend to become obsessive/compulsive

KAPHA PERSONALITY & CHARACTERISTICS

Physical Appearance: Kapha people have a large build. This is because their metabolism is slow. While their digestive strength is good, their constitutions are not inclined to engage in physical activity. Hence when out of balance, they can gain weight and do not lose it easily. They have thick skin and their bodies and tend to have a muscular build. Their skin is oily and smooth. Eyes are large, dark, with thick, long lashes and brows. Kapha people have deep, prolonged sleep. Their speech is regular, sometimes slow and paced.

Psychological: Kapha people tend to be laid back and calm, tolerant and forgiving. They like to see harmony and are good consensus builders. They tend to be reserved and introspective. While they may be slow to comprehend, their long term memory is excellent.

Physical: They tend to have diseases connected to the water principle such as flu, sinus congestion, and others involving mucous. Sluggishness, excess weight, diabetes, water retention.

Emotional: Kapha’s tend to become withdrawn, experience greed, envy, attachment and possessiveness. Depression is also possible.