This section gives an overview of the qualities of each dosha. This aims to help people become more aware of Vata, Pitta and Kapha in day to day life. The Vata dosha is the most important of the three doshas because if Vata becomes imbalanced for long enough then it will imbalance the other doshas as well. Vata is more primary because it occurs in nature before the others, space and air are more subtle than fire, water and earth. Vata is known as the king dosha in Ayurveda.>
It is important to remember when reading this that most people are a mix of two doshas, say Vata/Pitta. Mostly Vata with Pitta secondary. Also note that ones life span has times when on dosha is more present, vata becomes significant in elderly life.
This is an overview of the qualities of each dosha.
|Structure||Bony, thin||Well proportioned, often muscular||Well formed, broad shoulders, strong muscles|
|Body||Naturally slim||Medium build||Larger frame & solid|
|Qualities||Cold, dry, quick moving||Warm, light, sightly oily, sweats easily, prone to moles or freckles||Thick skin, can be oily|
|Thirst||Varied||Can be excessive||Moderate|
|Mental Traites||Creative, imaginative, quick thinking, changeable, easy going||Focused, goal orientated, assertive, often leads, intellectual||Steady, reliable, slow, loyal|
|Memory and Concentration||Quick to learn, good short term memory, longer term not so good||Moderate learning time, generally good memory||Slow to learn but remembers very well|
|General Personality||Changeable, uncertain, tends to worry||Sharp minded, can be critical, confident||Steady and reliable, even tempered, loyal|
|Sleep||Light and often interrupted, tends to need more sleep than Pitta or Kapha||Average time of sleep sufficient, usually sound sleep||Heavy sleeper, can be hard to rouse|