Qualities Of Vata, Pitta & Kapha


Vata type people usually tend to be thinner with bony limbs and fine, dry skin. Their hands and feet are often cold and dry and they have a variable appetite. Vata types are creative, enthusiastic, active, alert and are often restless.

  • Staying warm
  • Working more slowly
  • Taking warm drinks
  • Organising your work in an orderly fashion
  • Getting to bed before 10pm – (before Pitta time), as well as no mental stimulation such as reading or TV after 9.30pm
  • Warm food, favouring sweet, salty and sour tastes, e.g. bananas
  • The main meal in the middle of the day and lighter food in the evening
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Pitta types tend to have a moderate physique with a muscular body and soft, lustrous, warm skin. They have a strong metabolism, good appetite and digestion. Pitta types are determined, focused, ambitious and intelligent.

  • Staying cool
  • Working at a steady pace
  • Avoiding confrontational situations, negotiating rather than arguing
  • Taking Pitta pacifying drinks, such as liquorice tea
  • Organising your work in an orderly fashion
  • Getting to bed before 10 (before Pitta time), and avoiding mental stimulation such as reading, TV after 9.30pm
  • Warm food favouring bitter, sweet and astringent tastes, e.g. red grapes
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Kapha types tend to have well developed bodies with broad shoulders and soft, oily, lustrous skin. They have a regular appetite with a relatively slow digestion. Kapha types are patient, caring, stable and supportive.

  • Staying warm
  • Manual work is good, either at home, like DIY or work
  • Take warm drinks
  • Being methodical and thorough at work and at home
  • Kapha types are comfortable with less sleep than Pitta or Vata and their sleep in usually deep
  • It is still best not to read just before sleep or watch fast moving scenes on the TV
  • Warm food favouring pungent, bitter and astringent tastes, e.g. apples, they have a drying quality that suits Kapha
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