Ayurveda series: The Constitutions, Vata Pitta and Kapha

FFY accredited (Fédération Francophone de Yoga)
Continuing education credits for certified yoga instructors

Ayurveda’s originated in ancient India and is known to be the world’s oldest system of natural medicine. Ayurveda has been in continuous practice for over five thousand years. It continues to be practiced in India today supported by state sponsored and accredited Ayurvedic medical colleges and hospitals.

Ayurveda is the medical model of health in India whose origins date back over 5000 years. Ayurveda is all about the science of living a balanced life according to one's unique constitution or blueprint. This explains why lifestyle practices that are good for one person may not be good for another.

Ayurveda describes an individual as being composed three constitutions that are completely interdependent, one being more dominant than the rest, yet all are vital for the ability to function. In Sanskrit, they are called Vata, Pitta and Kapha. They correspond to the subtle energies of the elements of air, space, fire, water and earth. Vata is composed of air and space, pitta is composed of fire and water, and kapha is composed of water and earth. Each constitution acquires its qualities based on the subtle energy of the elements it is composed of. Our dominant constitution will give us particular qualities and tendencies that make us predictable in our thoughts and actions, physical appearance and emotions.

In this series, we will explore the properties of each constitution so that you may better understand who you are based on your unique blueprint. You will gain insight about your innate tendencies be it the foods you gravitate to, the lifestyle you choose, the way you respond to stress, how you manage money, your role in relationships and much more. Awareness of who you are fundamentally, will give you the opportunity to understand yourself better and the opportunity to make wiser choices to keep your life in balance

 

Vata

People who are Vata dominant tend to be bubbly, vibrant and full of enthusiasm. They are known for their creative ideas, great imaginations and inspired thoughts.

Understanding Vata

Vata is all about air in motion and movement. It is often described as the winds in your body. When your Vata goes out of balance, you may have experienced gas and bloating, difficulty focusing, or difficulty sleeping from too many thoughts 'floating' through your mind. These are symptoms of a Vata imbalance.

Stressed and Anxious? Eating and sleeping a problems? This workshop will explore the 'Vata' in you.

Vata rules the central nervous system, the highway of the mind and body, and it is the first constitution to become imbalanced in times of stress.

In this workshop, you will learn:

  • How Vata works in your body, mind, and emotions.
  • How stress drives you out of balance.
  • How imbalance raises anxiety, causes sleeping difficulties and digestive problems.
  • Tools for dealing with stress including self-massage.
  • Yoga postures and breathing techniques for the vata individual.

Lifestyle practices, daily routines and food choices to balance your constitution.
This workshop will give you an understanding of how this constitution works in your mind and body and provide you with tools including lifestyle practices, eating habits, exercise choices, yoga and breathing techniques to help manage your vata and promote balance within yourself and others.

 

Pitta

Pitta is composed of the subtle qualities of fire and a bit of water to keep from burning up. If you were born with a lot of the fire element in you, you would have a tendency towards a fiery temper, skin that is warm to the touch and a cast iron stomach that can digest just about anything.

Understanding Pitta

This workshop will explore the Pitta in you.

Pitta is the constitution, which manages the digestion of your food, thoughts and emotions. In this workshop you will learn how digestion occurs in the body from an ayurvedic perspective.

When Pitta is out of balance, it builds up heat, which translates into frustration and anger. Ayurveda focuses on the root cause of anger and cools it off by bringing it back into balance with cooling food choices and calming lifestyle practices.

In this workshop you will learn:

  • How Pitta works in your mind, body, and emotions.
  • How to improve digestion.
  • How to deal with anger.
  • Yoga postures and breathing techniques for the pitta individual.

This workshop will give you an understanding of how this constitution works in your mind and body and provide you with tools including lifestyle practices, food choices, exercise choices, yoga and breathing techniques to help manage your pitta and promote balance within yourself and others.

 

Kapha

Kapha is the constitution within you that nurtures you. It builds your strength, repairs your tissues and soothes your stresses. If this is your primary constitution, you tend to be calm, steady, patient, nurturing and compassionate.

Understanding Kapha

This workshop will explore the 'kapha' in you.
Kapha is composed mostly of the water element and some of the earth element. If you have ever felt ‘blue’ or sleepy and sluggish on a wet rainy day, it's probably because you were experiencing a lot of kapha that day.
Depressed? Can't get off the couch? Can't snap out of it?
When kapha is out of balance, you may feel lethargic and sluggish; weighed down with 'heavy' thoughts or just feel blue. Ayurveda focuses on the root cause of depression and lethargy and acts on 'lightening' your load so you can dispel the weepiness that too much of the water element creates.

In this workshop you will learn:

  • How Kapha works in your mind, body, and emotions.
  • How to prevent weight gain.
  • How to manage the ‘blues’.
  • Yoga postures and breathing techniques for the kapha individual.

This workshop will give you an understanding of how the kapha constitution works in your mind and body and provide you with tools including lifestyle practices, eating habits, exercise preferences, yoga and breathing techniques to help manage your kapha and promote balance within yourself.

These courses are not for the purpose of any diagnosis, treatment, prevention or cure of any disease. If you have any serious, acute or chronic health concerns, please consult your family physician or primary health care provider.

'How to recognize and instruct the vata yoga student'

 
LYNN WACHMAN RN B.Sc. in Nursing, n.d.
Naturopath / Ayurvedic Wellness Practitioner / Certified Hatha Yoga Instructor / Meditation Instructor
Lynn Wachman
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