Ayurveda ~ Doshas. What Dosha am I & how do I Balance it?

 We are simply the microcosm of the macrocosm.......

We are simply the microcosm of the macrocosm.......

Starting to understand what dosha means?

The three Ayurvedic doshas

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? In essence, the doshas are energetic forces of nature, functional principles that help us to better understand ourselves, and the world around us. 

According to Ayurveda, there are five elements that make up the universe ( macrocosmos) and we have this universe inside of us (microcosmos): space, air/wind, fire, water and earth. They all reflect certain qualities that we experience through our senses system (seeing, touching, smelling, tasting, hearing). 

Air who is like the wind, constantly moving, a bit cold, drying and light; on the other hand, fire is hot, steamy and fierce; whereas water is wet, a little cooling and heavy. Inside our bodies, these five master elements combine together and exist as three primary energy patterns.

These energy patterns – or doshas, - to use the Sanskrit word – are present in every tissue, every cell and every organ in our body, thereby they govern all of the body’s processes, from bodily functions to our thoughts and feelings.

The three primary energy patterns in our body, or doshas, are: wind or vata – with the attributes, cold, dry and light – is the force that controls our movement, regulates the nervous system, and oversees elimination of waste; fire or pitta – with attributes, hot, wet and combustive – is the force that controls our digestion and metabolism; and water or kapha – that is cold, wet and heavy – is the protective force which governs stability, structure and moisture in our mind and body.

Understand your dosha

Some people have a tendency or nature of vata, pitta or kapha types, others people have more then one nature who is dominant, like a mix of vata-pitta, vata-kapha or pitta-kapha . More rarely, but possible, is an equal balance of all three doshas in one person – vata-pitta-kapha.

Because we all have all of the elements in our bodies, we all have each of the doshas as well. But every one of us is born with a unique, individual balance of these doshas. So, no two of us are alike! Typically, every person has one dominant form of dosha that makes up his or her personal Ayurvedic constitution. 

Every activity and function of our mind and body is dependent upon the balanced or unbalanced state of our doshas. And it is these ‘Dosha’s constituting your biological set-up that play a role more critical than you can imagine.

Once you understand what dosha combination makes up your Ayurveda constitution, you can start keeping them in balance through the right diet, exercise, and lifestyle.


Vata embodies the energy of movement and is therefore often associated with wind (and the air element). Vata is linked to creativity and flexibility; it governs all movement—the flow of the breath, the pulsation of the heart, all muscle contractions, tissue movements, cellular mobility—and communication throughout the mind and the nervous system.


Pitta represents the energy of transformation and is therefore closely aligned with the fire element. But in living organisms, pitta is largely liquid, which is why water is its secondary element. Pitta is neither mobile nor stable, but spreads—much as the warmth of a fire permeates its surroundings, or as water flows in the direction dictated by the terrain. Pitta is closely related to intelligence, understanding, and the digestion of foods, thoughts, emotions, and experiences; it governs nutrition and metabolism, body temperature, and the light of understanding.


Kapha lends structure, solidity, and cohesiveness to all things, and is therefore associated primarily with the earth and water elements. Kapha also embodies the watery energies of love and compassion. This dosha hydrates all cells and systems, lubricates the joints, moisturises the skin, maintains immunity, and protects the tissues.

Because we all have all of the elements in our bodies, we all have each of the doshas as well. But every one of us is born with a unique, individual balance of these doshas. So, no two of us are alike! Typically, every person has one dominant form of dosha that makes up his or her personal Ayurvedic constitution. 

Every activity and function of our mind and body is dependent upon the balanced or unbalanced state of our doshas. And it is these ‘Dosha’s constituting your biological set-up that play a role more critical than you can imagine. If the proportion of doshas in your current state is close to your birth constitution, then your health will be vibrant. A divergence between these states, however, indicates a state of imbalance.

What makes a dosha unbalanced?

The doshas are dynamic energies that constantly change in response to our actions, thoughts, emotions, the foods we eat, the seasons, and any other sensory inputs that feed our mind and body. When we live into the fulfilment of our individual natures, we naturally make lifestyle and dietary decisions that foster balance within our doshas. When we live against our intrinsic natures, we support unhealthy patterns that lead to physical and mental imbalances.


We are most susceptible to imbalances related to our predominant dosha. If you’re a Pitta type, for example, you may experience heartburn (a common Pitta disorder) after eating spicy foods. The key to remember is that like increases like, while opposites create balance. By simply choosing cooling or more alkalizing foods, you can avoid heartburn, while also supporting your underlying


Ayurveda offers specifically tailored recommendations for every individual, ranging from general lifestyle changes to the treatment of dis-ease (literally, an imbalance within our natural state of “ease”). For this reason, Ayurveda can truly be called a system of individualised health care, something remarkably different from the Western model’s “one-pill for all” approach. Since the doshas are used to detect imbalances before the manifestation of dis-ease, Ayurveda is also a complete system of preventative medicine

Imbalanced Vata

When out of balance, vata tends to cause fear, anxiety, isolation, loneliness, and exhaustion. It can lead to both physical and energetic depletion, disrupt proper communication, and cause all sorts of abnormal movements in the body, such as tics, tremors, and muscle spasms.

Imbalanced Pitta

When out of balance, pitta causes fiery, reactionary emotions such as frustration, anger, jealously, and criticism. Imbalanced pitta is often at the root of inflammatory disorders, which can affect organs and tissues throughout the body.

Imbalanced Kapha

When out of balance, kapha triggers emotions of attachment, greed, and possessiveness and can also create stubbornness, lethargy, and resistance to change. Physically, kapha tends to invite stagnation and congestion in organs and tissues throughout the body—including the mind.



Think small changes wouldn't make a difference? Positive Neural Pathways // Achievable Changes

 Morning Sunshine ~ Mallorca

Morning Sunshine ~ Mallorca

Why does a healthy lifestyle seem unachievable or so time consuming? Never have we had so much free advice, information, videos and experts. We know what’s good for us but we seem to be struggling with the practical application of a healthy lifestyle in our everyday busy lives. In addition, as wonderful as all this information is, it's OVERWHELMING, resulting in the idea of Integrative Health as an unachievable concept.  Shall we tell you a secret????? It's not that hard. 

Ever feel like you’ve fallen too far off the wagon when it comes to your health? Or feel like it would take a miracle to get you back on track with your goals? Fortunately for you, wellness doesn't have to be an all-or-nothing experience. And contrary to what many people think, you don't have to completely overhaul your lifestyle to gain more energy, balance your hormones, and heal your gut. Small changes can make a huge difference in your health and well-being. Here is our top 5 achievable changes - start this week!

1. Establish a Positive Morning Ritual

You do not need to check your Facebook or Instagram account upon waking - this time is about putting yourself in a positive mindset. Feeling gratitude and appreciation for those little signs and moments of joy happening in your life, is probably one of the most overlooked or underestimated rituals. It is a perfect morning ritual to start your day on a very positive key. Quite often we just pick out the pain points, the problems, the bottle necks, whatever it is that is not working in our life and causing friction, anxiety and unhappiness. Your subconscious mind follows faithfully that script you write, whether it is a negative or positive one


2.  Activate Your System: 

The Ayurvedic philosophy believes the first item you ingest sets the mood for the remainder of the day. With that thought in mind, drink a glass of lukewarm water flavoured with a fresh slice of lemon or lime. Here, the Ayurvedic reasoning is twofold. The warm water serves to stimulate the gastrointestinal tract and peristalsis—the waves of muscle contractions within the intestinal walls that keep things moving. Secondly, lemons and limes are high in minerals and vitamins and help loosen ama, or toxins, in the digestive tract.

3. Mindful Movement:

The brighter mornings are doing their best to peep through, think about getting up even 20 minutes earlier than normal. The toughest part is of course getting out of bed but once you’re out and moving it’s really not that bad at all. It doesn't need to be a full work out especially when your body still wants to be lying down in bed. Throw down your yoga mat and do 15 minutes of stretching, Yoga or Qi Gong. This 15 minute routine centres the mind, balances the body, and jolts you awake with more lasting energy than an any cup of coffee can provide. This is your time. It's your self care time. This 15 minutes will make the world of difference. Trust us!


4. Take a moment followed by some tunes:


At the end of your mindful movement or if you haven't moved at all, try to reserve a few minutes for silent contemplation at the start of every day. Life can get crazy. It's often hard to find any moments to spare in your busy schedule. If you're always rushing around in the morning, it's difficult to imagine being able to spare any time to have a quiet moment. Your morning quiet time is your time to be with you. It doesn’t necessarily need to follow the pattern of everyone around you. 

In itself this ritual is a no-brainer. Uplifting music can have a direct impact on our mood especially in the morning. It charges us emotionally and tunes us into a more positive outlook of the day ahead. Most people wake up to music or listen to music as they commute to work. Very often however they tune in to a radio or randomly pick a playlist from their device. Being more selective and conscious of the music you listen to in the morning can have a great impact on your day and life in general. Try to listen to more uplifting music in the morning even if, or especially if, your mood does not dictate so.

5. Focus on the day ahead

OK, we may have cheated on this one as this routine is done the evening before. Sometimes the best way to have a productive morning is to get a head start on it the night before. Many productivity experts and successful people end their evenings preparing for the next day because it makes their mornings that much easier. American Express CEO Kenneth Chenault ends his evening by writing down three things he wants to accomplish the next day.

Now that your body is awake and your mind is clear, balanced and focused from ritual 1-4 - Go forth and achieve 5!

And you don't need me tell you ~ go have some breakfast!

Train your Brain to form positive Neural pathways

When you understand how neural pathways are created in the brain, you can gain an understanding on how you have the power create positive and health enhancing habits. It then becomes your lifestyle rather than a conscious effort relying on will power and motivation. 

Neural pathways are like motorways of nerve cells that transmit messages. You travel over the motorway many times, and the pathway becomes more and more solid. You may go to a specific food or cigarettes for comfort over and over, and that forms a brain pathway. This brain pathway then becomes a habit. The hopeful fact, however, is that the brain is always changing and you can forge new pathways and create new habits. That’s called the neuroplasticity of the brain

Because of neuroplasticity, the brain’s ever-changing potentials, anything is possible. People who’ve had strokes can retrain their brains to function again by building new pathways. Smokers and overeaters and many others can learn new behaviours and attitudes and can transform their lives.

So from tomorrow until Feb 28th, commit to this plan and feel the benefits. It will not take more than 30 minutes - surely you have this time for you.

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Winter recipes // Nourishing Dal ~ Chai ~ Ginger Tea

Winter recipes // Nourishing Dal ~ Chai ~ Ginger Tea


In Ayurvedic and Traditional Chinese Medicine foods are believed to have an overall cooling, neutral, or warming effect. Here you will find our favorite Dal by Ingrid our wonderful Ayurvedic cook. Experience the world of spices. All its ingredients promote digestion, are anti-inflammatory and are antioxidants - a dish that’s nutritionally protein-perfect.

Get your Tea on... with an Ayurvedic turmeric detox tea water

Get your Tea on... with an Ayurvedic turmeric detox tea water


Beets, parsnips, turnips, carrots, yuca, kohlrabi, onions, garlic, celery root, horseradish, turmeric, Jerusalem artichokes, radishes, and ginger... Roots are some of the most nutrient-dense vegetables in the world.  Roots grow underground - so they absorb a great amount of nutrients from the soil.