Vata/Pitta/Kapha Mind-Body Type

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Here are the qualities that relate to your mind-body type, with tips to stay in balance.

Vata/Pitta/Kapha mind body types are rare and exhibit all three qualities.

People with all three qualities are called tri-doshic, and this means that your tastes, likes and dislikes are more varied. One example is choices at meal times, Kapha likes bitter, astringent and pungent tastes while Vata likes sweet, sour and salty. But for a trip-doshic person it will more closely reflect their want needs balancing at the time. So in hot summer it ay be Pitta and if you have worked hard with little rest it would be Vata.


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A Vata dosha is related to space and air, which governs all forms of movement in the body. Space and air are light and easily moved with little resistance. For example Vata people think quickly and they frequently jump rapidly from one topic of conversation to another.
Vata types are slim, and can have wispy hair and dry skin. For Vata types personal habits and meal times are irregular, they often nibble between meals. Sleep is usually light and they are easily disturbed, with more likelihood of insomnia. Their thought processes, speech and movement is fast. They like to talk and enjoy all types of communication, including music. They dislike cold, windy or dry environments and feel chilled quickly or shiver easily. Extremities (hands and feet) are often cold, or become cold easily.

Mentally and emotionally they are quick, they have a very active mind and have a tendancy to forget often.
They are intellectual, imaginative, creative, sensitive and tend to have more interests in the arts. Vata types are often introspective, shy, modest and can lack confidence. As a result of this, if Vata goes out of balance it can lead to worries or anxiety. Imbalance also leads to them being unsettled and impatient, although not angry. They like change which keeps them interested.

Tastes that balance Vata are: salty, sour & sweet.

Vata influences respiration, sensory perception, hearing, speech, processes in the body and movement.

Tips to balance Vata include:

• 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
• Taking Good Night tea before bed
• 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

When in balance, Vata is: imaginative, communicative, sharp, lively and intuitive. They make good artistic, creative team players.


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Pitta types are of medium build, intellectual and focused. They have soft skin with lots of body heat so they often perspire. Their skin flushes easily and they often have freckles and moles. They don’t like hot spicy foods, and don’t enjoy hot weather, sunlight or heat. Their skin develops rashes or sunburn easily.

Their desires are strong in nature. They are extroverted and when stressed they get loud. They make good leaders and are ambitious. They enjoy competitive sports and games, either as spectators or participants. Their intelligence is high, they have good insight and a keen sense of discrimination. When in balance their sleep is moderate and not easily disturbed, they are good leaders and speak confidently and passionately. When out of balance they can be forceful, dominating, aggressive or angry. Pitta season is May to August.

Tastes that balance Pitta are: sweet, bitter and astringent.

Pitta is involved in: digestion, metabolism, vision, heat and bodily energy production, skin lustre, hunger and thirst.

Tips to balance Pitta include:
• Staying cool
• Working at a steady pace
• Avoiding confrontational situations, negotiating rather than arguing
• Taking Pitta pacifying drinks, such as liquorice tea or Pitta 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
• The main meal in the middle of the day with cooler flavours, not hot spicy meals

Pitta in balance gives focus, motivation, smoothness and warmth. They make good team players and leaders, like a challenge and have determination.


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Kapha types think slowly and methodically, and have good stamina. They like slower work routines and aren’t necessarily fans of change. People with a predominant Kapha dosha tend to be heavy and solid, work slowly and methodically, are always consistent with their mood. However, they can get depressed, and can easily get overweight. They manage with less sleep than Vata or Pitta and sleep soundly.
They have a moderate or low appetite, slow digestion and do not usually like sweet foods. They enjoy eating spicy hot foods as they increase the strength of digestion and reduce Kapha. They prefer it when it is dry and warm.

Kapha season is December to May and this is when Kapha can easily get out of balance.
They like routine and structure as well as manual work (involving movement which balances kapha). They learn slowly but remember well. They are highly tolerant and forgiving and flexible but not as sharp minded as Pitta types. They are sociable and like group activities, such as team sports. They are loyal and take care of the family.

Tastes that balance Kapha are: bitter, pungent and astringent, eg cumin.

Kapha influences strength, stability, smell, taste, potency, joint functions (synovial fluid), satisfaction and nutrition.

Tips to balance Kapha include:
• Staying warm
• Manual work is good, either at home, like DIY or work
• Taking warm drinks
• Being methodical and thorough at work and at home
• Warm food favouring pungent, bitter and astringent tastes, e.g. apples, they have a drying quality that suites Kapha
• The main meal in the middle of the day and lighter food in the evening

Kapha in balance is warm, family orientated and open. They are consistent, reliable, loyal and dependable.