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The 3 Ayurveda Body Types:  Vata, Pitta & Kapha
(and how to determine your own Ayurveda dosha)

The concept of the 3 Ayurveda body types (tridosha theory) is at the very core of Ayurveda wisdom, giving you effective tools for living - tools that you can apply to every aspect of your life: health, relationships and career.

Whichever Ayurveda dosha you are, you'll discover here helpful diet, workout and lifestyle recommendations specific to your own Ayurveda body type.

Simply put, the main idea is this.

The continuous interplay of the five elements that form the Universe (from subtle to dense: ether/space, air, fire, water, and earth) forms three dynamic, very specific energies, called doshas, or Ayurveda body types.

Although we all are - physically and mentally - a unique combination of these 3 doshas, one of them is usually predominant.

Can you recognize yourself in one of these basic Ayurvedic types?

  1. Vata dosha: delicate, quick, adaptable, creative, captivating airy types (governed by the perpetually-moving air & space/ether elements)

  2. Pitta dosha: strong, willful, confident, competitive, passionate fiery types (governed by the all-consuming fire element)

  3. Kapha dosha: shapely, solid, dependable, organized, sensual earthy types (governed by the heavier water & earth elements)

The 3 Ayurveda Body Types: Vata, Pitta & Kapha

As you can see, there's an obvious, undeniable parallel between the Ayurveda tridosha system and the three body types described by the Western concept of body typing.

The essence of Ayurveda body types concept is that a specific mix of these 3 energies in different proportions determines our body's molecules, tissues, body fluids and vital energy along with the complete array of psycho-biological tendencies.

When this mix gets out of balance (due to unfavorable climate, seasons' change, faulty lifestyle or nutritional diet), physio-pathological changes take us out of balance, into the "dis-ease"...

...including weight gain.

And here comes the most interesting part.

In order to heal (or prevent) any "dis-ease" - overweight included - each of the three Ayurveda doshas is dealt with specifically, including the physical characteristics of your body type and even your behavior.

That's why two different people with the very same symptoms are getting two different Ayurvedic treatments that match their own, unique body type.

It actually makes a lot of sense, doesn't it?

Which of the 3 Ayurveda Body Types are You?

We all have all these 3 energies in different proportions, but one dosha is usually dominant: Vata, Pitta or Kapha.

However, if two of the three energies are equally strong in your constitution and/or temperament, then you are a double-dosha type:


Pitta-Kapha or


You should know that either of these dual combinations you are, the two predominant doshas in your energetic makeup manifest themselves individually, one at a time.

In rare cases, all 3 energies are equally present - if that's your case, you are a tridosha type, more balanced overall, but harder to regain equilibrium when out of balance.

Let's take a look now at each Ayurveda doshas, so you can easily identify yours.

1. Vata Dosha

If your predominant dosha is Vata (governed by ether, or space & air elements), you are in perpetual movement, like change and manifest lightness, quickness, and flexibility in every aspect of your life.

When balanced, you have a fun, vibrant, lively, and expressive personality.

A Vata imbalance leads you to increased worrying, impulsiveness, inability to make decisions, depression, insomnia, headaches and fatigue.

Find out more about Ayurveda Vata body type >>

2. Pitta Dosha

If your predominant dosha is Pitta (governed by the fire element), you are intense ("hot" - literally), digesting and processing on all levels - from ideas, emotions, and perceptions, to sensations and food.

When balanced, you are self-confident, goal-oriented, efficient, focused, with good problem-solving skills and a sharp wit.

A Pitta imbalance leads you to heartburn, ulcers, insomnia, vision problems, anger, stubbornness, aggressiveness, sarcasm, absolutism, being judgmental and criticizing others.

Find out more about Ayurveda Pitta body type >>

3. Kapha Dosha

If your predominant dosha is Kapha (governed by the water & earth elements), you have a denser mass, more structure and stability in all aspects of your life.

When balanced, you have an excellent health and are caring, easygoing, self-sufficient, calm, methodical, reliable and non-judgmental.

A Kapha imbalance leads to easy weight gain, water retention, mucus build-up (in the sinuses, lungs & colon), prolonged sleep, depression, apathy, procrastination, possessiveness, rigidity, inflexibility, and even greed.

Find out more about Ayurveda Kapha body type >>

Do You Want to Better Understand these Ayurveda Body Types?

It's actually easy...

Talking about the doshas, Dr. Nancy Lonsdorf - an experienced Ayurveda physician - teasingly puts it like this: "If we were talking about your car, Vata would be the electrical system, Pitta would be the combustion process, and Kapha would be the chassis."

All this might be a new idea to you, but there are countless medical doctors who integrate the millenary wisdom of Ayurveda body types in their daily practice.

For example, Dr. John Douillard speaks about the three doshas in terms of seasons... According to him, you can be a "winter" (Vata), "summer" (Pitta), or "spring" (Kapha) type.

From his insightful book, The 3-Season Diet: Eat the Way Nature Intended: Lose Weight, Beat Food Cravings, and Get Fit, you can easily grasp that in order to achieve optimum weight and health you should follow an Ayurvedic diet matched to your specific dosha.


Because when you do this, when you eat the foods appropriate to each season at the optimal time of the day and when you workout without triggering a survival response in your body, you will lose those extra pounds and maintain your ideal weight effortlessly, while having a lot of energy and drive.

You may be surprised to find out that the wisdom of Ayurveda tridosha system is extremely powerful in relationships too, as it teaches you how to deal successfully with the three Ayurveda body types. For example, you should...

  • treat a Vata person like a butterfly, delicately and with great care
  • let a Pitta know who's the boss, or they may attempt to control the relationship
  • inspire Kapha to be physically active and exercise regularly (something that they typically resist it tenaciously, with damaging effects on their overall health)

Bottom line is this. Ayurveda body types system explains how to balance your health in general and weight in particular with simple lifestyle and diet changes using wholesome foods, specific to your own Ayurveda dosha.

Would you like to drop the pounds off easily...

...while gaining a balanced health but want to avoid having to always plan your meals as per Ayurveda's guidelines? Then, the Ayurvedic Diet Balance Club might be just what you need to stay on track - without having to think >>

Master the Ayurveda Body Type System - Join Ayurveda Diet Balance Club Today!

Meat or No Meat?

Traditionally, Ayurvedic diets do not include animal meat (except for some very specific medicinal purposes). Why?

Well, part of it is because in Ayurvedic spiritual tradition all Life is sacred and honored as such; slaughtering animals and eating their flesh contradicts the idea of respecting and practicing non-violence towards all Life.

However, more permissive versions of Ayurveda diet stemmed from a desire to cater to a larger and more diverse audience.

These modern adaptations allow people who aren't necessarily subscribed to the consciousness/spiritual aspect of Ayurveda (or just aren't comfortable not eating meat), to benefit from its highly effective balancing health protocols. That's why, unlike the Ayurvedic Diet Balance Club program, which is vegetarian, all dosha-specific Ayurvedic diets presented here on this site contain meat; if you're a vegetarian, simply use the nutritional guidelines taking the meat out.

You may also want to take a look at:

Vata Body Type -- Pitta Body Type -- Kapha Body Type


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