Well, you know you're in for a treat when a dosha discussion arises. The doshas are a cool way of describing our physical and mental constitution. Even though we're all very unique and completely different in our many and complex ways, the doshas invites us to consider our common attributes and qualities.
The doshas originate in the science of Ayurveda, the world's oldest holistic healing system. There are 3 doshas derived from the 5 elements that make up the Universe and everything in it:
Ether, Air, Fire, Water and Earth
The elements of Nature combine to give us the 3 doshas as follows:
Ether + Air = Vata dosha
Fire + Water = Pitta dosha
Water + Earth = Kapha dosha
You can easily go online to take a dosha quiz to find out what your constitutional makeup is. My favourite resource for all things Ayurveda is The Ayurveda Institute. You can take the Dosha Quiz on their site for h(om)e work.
So, what does it mean to be Vata or Pitta or Kapha... and why should we care? Good questions! Like all things yoga, the more you know about yourself, the better you are at making informed choices that support your health and well-being.
Figure out your Dosha and you'll have a better understanding of who you are in the World.
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