If you’re not already familiar with the ancient Indian tradition of Ayurveda, let me introduce you with the help of Banyan Botanicals. Ayurveda, a 5,000-year-old Indian holistic science about discovering individual balance. This ancient theory of medicine emphasizes healthy habits such as massage, meditation, and healthy eating to prevent and treat illness. It’s a holistic approach to a healthy lifestyle achieved by balancing the mind, body, senses and the soul adopted by the likes of the below A-listers who appear to ooze a lifestyle as healthy as their looks.
- Christy Turlington
- Kate Hudson
- Gwyneth Paltrow
- Julia Roberts
- Jennifer Aniston
- Ricky Williams
- Cameron Diaz
- Christina Ricci
- Kate Winslet
- Cindy Crawford
- Shailene Woodley
Health is the center of the lifestyle system. Ayurveda – or the ‘Science of Life’ – focuses on restoring balance to the body and mind so where the effects of modern living (commuting, computing and polluting) can constantly throw you off, harmonizing your state closer to that of your true nature is possible when these principles are integrated into your life.
How? It’s believed that optimal health and happiness can be achieved by respecting our unique mix of ‘doshas’ which create our specific physical and mental characteristics. When there is an imbalance between these doshas it’s thought we ‘deviate from nature’. We will have dominant doshas which have a specific set of lifestyle and nutritional guidelines to help maintain a good state of health.
How to know your dosha
Thanks to Banyan Botanicals you can take a fun and easy quiz that will not only tell you your dosha but also your imbalances so you can get your Ayurveda lifestyle back in check. The three doshas are Vata, Pitta, and Kapha, most of us have one or two with the remaining one(s) being less significant. Dr. Wakde who trained in Ayurvedic medicine at the University of Mumbai and has practiced Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery for many years in India and the UK. Here’s how he explains the doshas, and how to balance each type for more harmony. But besides this post, the Banyan Botanicals website is the best resource I have found for this information and so much more!
Vata – consisting of air and space. People with a dominant Vata dosha tend to be thin, fast and changeable, and often love any kind of movement, change, and travel. Physically, they often feel cold and dry and love warm food and climates. They have a tendency to have cold hands and feet and dislike cold climates.
Health tip: Since Vata is so changeable, daily routines are important. If this sounds like you try to eat and sleep at the same time every night. Choose foods that are warm, cooked, nourishing, and easy to digest – sweet berries, fruits, small beans, rice, and all nuts and dairy products are good choices for Vata types. Exercise intensity should be moderate.
Pitta – consisting of water and fire. People with a Pitta body type can be intelligent, sharp, smart and good public speakers. They do however tend to push themselves too hard and can be over-ambitious. They often feel warm and prefer cooler climates. They have a strong digestive fire and always seem to be hungry.
Health tip: If this sounds like you, keeping moderation in mind can help eliminate many Pitta imbalances. It’s important for Pittas to keep cool by avoiding overexposure to direct sunlight and fried and spicy foods. Pittas should choose fresh vegetables and fruits that are watery and sweet, especially cherries, mangoes, cucumbers, watermelon, and avocado.
Kapha – consisting of water and earth. People with a Kapha body type are strong and solid both physically and emotionally, with great immunity. They tend to move slowly and take some time to make decisions. Kapha is responsible for the emotions of attachment, hence they are loyal friends, but do not like change. They may prefer warmer weather and not much movement. When out of balance, Kapha tends towards lethargy.
Health tip: If this sounds like you, to balance Kapha, you will benefit from daily exercise. Get out of the house and actively seek new experiences. Kaphas should choose foods that are light, warm, and spicy. Tea with dried ginger and lemon is a great pick-me-up. Heavy, oily and processed sugars are detrimental to Kaphas. You should use lots of spices such as black pepper, ginger, cumin, chili and lots of bitter dark greens.
Different Dosha’s – Different Imbalances *Chandler’s Constitution and Current Imbalances*
Vata-kapha dosha constitution for Rachel
So you just saw what Chandler’s Dosha looks like including his imbalances. Now let’s take a look at mine. Again, it’s a lot of information which is one of the reasons I love Banyan Botanicals.
Now that you have some in-depth knowledge of Ayurveda, Doshas and more take the Banyan Botanicals quiz and let us know in the comments, what is your Dosha?
This post was sponsored by Banyan Botanicals and Shopping Links but as always all opinions are my own.