According to Ayurveda, it is the Tridosha that influences virtually everything about our mind & body: all movement, our senses and sensory functioning, the creation of tissue, removal of waste.
The term “dosha” translates loosely to “energy forces”. The three ‘doshas’ are “Vatta”, “Kapha”, and “Pitta” – hence the term “Tridosha” for the three ‘doshas’.
Getting, and maintaining the proper balance of Tridosha is therefore central to getting the benefits of effective Ayurvedic living.
More than just the ‘absence’ of disease, this balance is what drives mental, physical, and spiritual well-being. Conversely, when we are ‘out of balance’, we are prone to misery and discomfort in our minds and our bodies.
How do we know when we are in balance?
We feel a general sense of being alive, of happiness & well-being; our emotional states are balanced and don’t feel out-of-control; we have abundant energy physically and mentally; all of our senses are alive and working well; we have a sense of physical comfort.
In addition, our bodily functions are performing well, and we are generally free of disease and discomfort.
What Causes Imbalance Of The Doshas?
There are both ‘natural’ and ‘unnatural’ imbalances that can affect the Doshas.
Natural imbalance is due to time and age, which are mild and normally do not cause any problems. Vata, Pitta, and Kapha increase and become predominant during one’s life, during a season and during certain times of day.
For example, Vata is predominant during the latter part of one’s life, during the fall season and during late afternoon, as well as during the last part of night and the last part of digestion. Whew!! I know that’s a lot of stuff! Hang in there! Pitta is predominant during middle age, during the summer season, at midday, at midnight and during the middle part of digestion. Kapha is predominant during childhood, during the spring season, in late morning, at the first part of evening and during the early part of digestion.
Unnatural imbalances of the Doshas can be caused by such things as: inappropriate diet, inappropriate lifestyle, trauma (like a car accident), viruses, parasites, etc. While some of these items are beyond our control, the type of lifestyle we live and the foods we eat are within our control.
Achieving Tridosha Wellness
The key then to achieving balance and preventing disease is not to aggravate any of the Tridoshas; to keep them calm and happy – in balance.
So all you need is to understand what factors increase and decrease each of the three doshas; Vata, Pitta and Kapha and follow those recommendations when necessary to avoid disease and promote overall health.
Really it’s actually quite simple. Most of us can follow those Lifestyle suggestions for reducing each of the three doshas, and simply follow a Tridoshic nutritional program. Tridoshic meals can be very easy to cook, checkout some of our Tridoshic Recipes.