Today I’m wrapping up this 3-part series of articles on the doshas (Vata, Pitta, and Kapha) by exploring kapha dosha.
Kapha dosha is the principle of nourishment. Kapha describes the functions of water and earth in the body, which give the body its substance. Kapha is the grossest (as in tangible, or the opposite of subtle…not disgusting) of the doshas. We can identify kapha through its qualities of being heavy, slow, dull, cool, oily, liquid, slimy, smooth, dense, stable, and sticky. Kapha can also be either soft or hard.
Although our society tends to abhor these qualities, they are very important for the sustenance of life. For example, we can observe kapha functioning in nature through a large, snow-covered mountain, with abundant flowing streams, which gives support and sustenance to trees, plants, and wildlife. Kapha gives us beauty. [click to continue…]
Today I’d like to share a little more in depth about Pitta dosha, the principle of transformation. If you need a more basic introduction to the doshas be sure to check out this previous post.
Pitta describes the functions of the fire and water elements. It has the qualities of being hot, sharp, penetrating, oily, light, spreading, and liquid. For example, we can observe pitta functioning in nature through molten lava, which has these same qualities. Pitta is our internal “lava” that digests and breaks things down, transforming one thing into something else.
Because it’s responsible for all of the transformation that occurs within us, the functions of pitta include: [click to continue…]
In today’s post, and for the next couple of weeks, I’m going to investigate each of the doshas further so that you begin to understand what these doshas do, how they work, how to tell when there’s an imbalance, and what you can do about it (and in case you missed it, click here for a more basic introduction to the doshas).
We’ll start today by exploring vata dosha.
Vata dosha is the principle of movement. As such, vata, which describes the functions of the air and ether (space) elements, governs all bodily movements. We can identify vata through it’s qualities of being light, dry, rough, mobile, subtle, clear, and cold. An example of vata in nature is the wind, which shares these same qualities. So vata is somewhat like our own, internal wind that keeps things flowing.
Because it’s responsible for all bodily movements, the functions of vata include: [click to continue…]