Learn What Personality Tendencies and Tastes Say About You in The Ayurveda Healthcare System

Learn What Personality Tendencies and Tastes Say About You in The Ayurveda Healthcare System

Welcome back to learning about Ayurveda, the Knowledge or Science of Life! In this second article we’ll discover more layers to the tendencies and fluctuations of each Dosha. Discover indicators of your unique nature and how we can help pacify Doshas when they fluctuate out of balance. Then we’ll serve up the six flavors, their recommended order of consumption and their effects on your personal constitution. Lastly, we’ll review a self-massage practice, called Abhyanga, to infuse more self-care into your routine, creating more balance for your state of being and encouraging health.


Doshas can be interpreted by fluctuations of functions, as those are noticeable before changes in structures. Dosha balance, well-being and health are disrupted by lifestyle.


Vata is the force of all movement, ether and air elements. Properties of dryness, lightness, coldness, roughness, restlessness, speed.


Vata Dosha dominance has a mind that is primarily sensitive and creative. Think of being able to understand and learn, but also being quick to forget. Or quick to anger, but quick to forgive. The Vata body is a slender lean build, active body functions and delicate structures. 

If increased or upset, this Dosha imbalance shows a mental lack of concentration, sensitivity to noise and touch, sleeplessness, and easy exhaustion. Physical it may present an intolerance to cold, restlessness, muscular tension, constipation, craving sweet, salty and sour foods, stiffness or pain, and susceptible to illness.


Pitta is the source of transformation and provides internal heat, fire and water elements. Properties of hotness, deeply piercing, slightly oily, lightness, fluidity, bad smelling. 


A Pitta dominant Dosha has a primarily ambitious mind with sharp intelligence and a proneness to anger. Properties lead to a medium-size build with flexible joints, and strong body odor.

The Pitta body is athletically built with intense body functions and an active metabolism. 

If increased or upset, this Dosha imbalance exhibits irritation or short temper, judgemental, competitiveness. Physically it may have strong intolerance to heat, burning sensations (eyes), red flush face, sensitivity to light, excessive hunger/thirst, loose or frequent bowels, increase in sweating, skin irritation, craving sweet & cold drinks/food, heartburn or sour burps.


Kapha gives the body substance, earth and water elements. Properties of strength, stability, immobility, coldness, heaviness, smoothness and jelly. 


The Kapha Dosha dominant mind is primarily patient and deliberate. Takes a long time to decide, but the belief system will be very clear. Has cool headedness and good memory. 

The Kapha body has a sturdy build with stiffness and slow-working body functions, such as slow metabolism with potential for muscle and fat build up. 

If increased or upset, this Dosha imbalance lacks inner drive and mental clarity, showing a strong attachment to things. Physically one may experience excessively cold skin, loss of appetite, reduced senses, weight gain, heaviness/sluggishness, fatigue/lethargy, difficulty with activity, oily scalp and dandruff, more viscous secretions, sinus issues, and susceptibility to colds with productive coughs.


A deep connection to nature is a gateway to more vitality. Allow yourself to feel fully immersed, give gratitude for having your five senses and use them to help find balance for your personal constitution. Here are some ideas on how you can pacify your doshas and encourage more balance and well-being:


- Regularity is key, keep a fixed routine eating, working, sleeping
- Spend time in quiet contemplation
- Oil massage with heating oils (learn more below)
- Go on a walk in sunshine
- Listen to calming music
- Take a warm bath
- Eat warm soups, add fats and grains
- Only consume hot/warm drinks
- Focus on quiet, calming, grounding, yoga and meditation


      - Keep a mild-moderate work and personal life
      - Participate in soothing hobbies
      - Avoid activities that provoke strong emotions
      - Oil massage with cooling oils (learn more below)
      - Go swimming, walk in the woods or shade
      - Take cool baths
      - Listen to calming music
      - Eat small portions more frequently (avoid pungent, sour foods)
      - Add cold raw foods, more veggies
      - Yoga direct inward during practice, body awareness over competitiveness
      - Meditation soothes the sharp nature. 


          - Stimulation is key
          - Challenge self, be active, change up the routines
          - Dry powder or oil massage (learn more below)
          - Take warm baths
          - Listen to lively music, dance!
          - Learn something new
          - Seek stimulating company
          - Skip occasional meal (avoid overeating), fast intermittently
          - Stick to warm meals, avoid heavy/greasy foods and have less grains
          - Yoga’s stimulation of prana (vital energy) eases Kapha lethargy and inertia
          - Meditation strengthens lightness and clarity

              We are what we absorb from digestion. A well-balanced Ayurveda diet includes all six tastes (sad rasas) which have a role in homeostasis. The easiest way to incorporate all of these flavors is through spices.

              THE SIX TASTES

              Ayurveda classifies food (Ahara) based on their structures, functions and their corresponding physiological actions. Beginning with the Kapha phase (elements of earth and water) consume sweet tastes as they need the most agni (digestive fire). 

              Moving into the Pitta phase (elements of water and fire) eat sour, salty and pungent foods which kindle agni.

              Finally, the Vata phase (elements of air and ether) eating bitter and astringent foods last.

              So next time you eat dessert first, be comforted knowing it’s the Ayurveda way! 

              As with all things in life, and as mentioned in our first article, moderation is key. Overindulging in anything can create an imbalance. 







              Pacifies Vata

              & Pitta

              Increases Kapha

              Pacifies Vata

              Increases Pitta & Kapha

              Pacifies Vata

              Increases Pitta & Kapha

              Pacifies Kapha

              Increases Vata & Pitta

              Pacifies Kapha

              Increases Vata & Pitta

              Pacifies Kapha

              Increases Vata & Pitta

              Cooling, heavy, oily

              Heating, light, liquid, oily

              Heating, heavy, oily

              Heating, light, dry

              Cooling, light, dry

              Cooling, heavy, dry



              Self-care is an essential part of Ayurveda Healthcare! So, let's talk about a relaxing ritual for self-love, a self-massage, called Abhyanga. There are many promising health benefits, including balancing your Doshas (pacifies Vata and Pitta, stimulates Kapha), nourishing your Dhatus, building Ojas and enhancing graceful aging (such as improving skin texture and tone), especially when performed daily. 

              Without further ado, here’s the how-to:

              Depending on your dominant Dosha, your oil selection and frequency suggestion varies for a pacifying experience. It is said to avoid oil massages if you have ama (undigested food), fever, acute infection or anemia. Abhyana is best performed in the morning or late afternoon for 15 to 20 minutes. Jojoba oil is a tridoshic oil as it is a balancing for all three doshas.







              Warming oils:

              Sesame, olive, almond

              Cooling oils:

              Coconut, sunflower

              Stimulating oils:

              Mustard Seed, Safflower, Flaxseed or Dry Rub*

              *There are many dry rub recipes, an easy option is to use chickpea flour alone or with herbs. Dry rub also known as dusting powders should be avoided if you have skin irritations or rashes.

              If you’re short on time, you can abbreviate to steps 1 and 2, as any oil massage is better than none.

              1. Handful of oil in each hand, massage top of head (press firmly without discomfort) using palms then fingertips.
              2. Massage each palm of your hand using your opposite thumb, then interlock your fingers and gently pull them apart. Repeat with your feet, massage your soles then interlock fingers and toes and draw apart.
              3. Massage your forehead with horizontal strokes, circular motions on your temples and cheeks, then horizontal strokes on your chin.
              4. Massage your throat, neck and shoulders with upward and downward strokes. 
              5. Start on your shoulders, massage down the outside of your arm and back up on the inside. Massage around elbows in clockwise motion. 
              6. Massage your legs, emphasize circular motion around your knees. 
              7. Massage your abdomen and chest. Gently up and down your chest bone and clockwise motion for your abdomen and center of your chest. 
              8. Massage your back and buttocks with firm strokes up and down.
              9. Finish the massage with long strokes from your heart to each hand and from each hand to each foot.

                  After your self care massage is complete, wash off your oil. Those with a Vata Dosha and especially those with a Kapha Dosha may enjoy making a paste of the dry rub, like a chickpea flour, apply in the shower and rinse away with the oil. 


                  Whew, all this info can seem like a lot to take in, especially if it’s all new. Not to worry, as mentioned in our first Ayurveda article (which you can read HERE), new routines are best approached in small manageable steps, start with one idea and adapt to what feels good for you. Once it becomes a habit, new space will be felt and you can choose another to add into your routine.


                  The vastness of Ayurveda’s wellness management approach is deep and broad in the physical, mental and spiritual realms.


                  In our next Ayurveda article, the final of this 3 part series, we will review how the Doshas relate to our daily clock and begin to understand the subtle body.


                  Dosha Properties:








                  This blog was written by Meg Ramirez, please click here to learn more about the author.


                  Back to blog