Many medicinal practices refer to body types or constitutions as a way for people to access the healing methods within a practice and apply them to their lives. In Ayurveda, these body types are called doshas, and are comprised of the five basic elements: ether, air, fire, water, and earth. In various combinations, these elements manifest in the body as doshas or principals. The three doshas are Vata (ether + air), Pitta (fire + water) and Kapha (water + earth). The energies of the doshas touch all aspects of life, from individual propensities and weaknesses, to practices that pave the way to Enlightenment.
Doshas are either in balance or out of balance, and heal or weaken the body accordingly.
The doshas get out of balance easily in the hectic pace of our lives. When there is any change in the emotions, diet, seasons, time of day, or physical activities, etc., doshas become elevated, then aggravated, then severe. Ayurvedic tools of assessment provide your practitioner with insights and understanding on the current state of the doshas. It becomes clear which ones are dominant over others and which ones are out of balance.
Together, you can discover why those doshas have become imbalanced and find ways to gently yet permanently make a path correction.
This correction is achieved through diet and lifestyle modifications, herbs, oil massages, and Yoga postures. As the doshas stabilize, the body and its attending challenges also show consistent, dramatic improvement.