The Three Vital Energies

doshas

Hello!! Today I’m going to write an introduction about the DOSHAS.

The rishis (Ancient Indian Scientists) understood the world in terms of the five great elements. The elements themselves are inanimate, but in combination they give rise to three biological forces called doshas. Together, space and air create Vata dosha; fire and water create Pitta dosha; and water and earth create Kapha dosha.

Vata exists as a movement in the body and is visible in the action of the breath and lungs, the nerve impulses, the heartbeat, the expansion and contraction of muscles and transport of nutrients.

Pitta exists as a metabolism in the body and is responsible for body heat and temperature, skin coloration and lustre, and the transformative actions of digestion, absorption, assimilation, metabolism, and all biochemical reactions. Pitta is also responsible for the processing functions of mind, intellect, and senses. Good health depends upon Pitta’s capacity to fully metabolize the nutritional, emotional, and sensory information we ingest.

Kapha is the force of cohesiveness in the body, cementing together all the elements to make the material structures of life. Also known as “biological water”(water is the main chemical constituent of the physical body), Kapha is the source of all bodily fluids. If these “waters of life “are depleted, the immune system becomes weak; if the “cement “becomes too thick (if the mix of earth and water is out of balance), we experience heaviness and blockage.

According to Ayurveda, full health and wellbeing is only possible when the doshas work harmoniously together. When you can recognize the qualities of the doshas in your body and the doshic qualities in your daily life, you will be able to use Ayurveda to maintain them in a healthy balance for you.

Marjo

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