Vata, Pitta, and Kapha

Vata, pitta, and kapha—collectively known as the doshas—are one of the most foundational concepts in the tradition of Ayurveda. But what are they, exactly? ~Dr. Raghav Thukral

What Are Doshas?

According to Ayurveda every person is born with a set of characteristics called as their Prakruti.

Prakruti consists of Tri Dosha (3 Doshas) namely, Vata, Pitta and Kapha, according to the Tridosha Theory.

Vata represents the workings of Air and Ether energy, Pitta represents the functions of Fire energy and Kapha represents the operations of Water and Earth energy. The mechanism of these 5 energies regulate, direct, control and manage all the functions in one’s body.

The Influence Of Doshas On The Human Body

As unique as your doshas are according to your Prakruti, your doshas do get elevated as you get older and get exposed to environmental changes. When the doshas are elevated, they create problems and diseases in areas of your body, in which they are present. Elevation of one dosha may suppress the progress of the other doshas in one’s body. This leads to further disturbance in your bodily functions.