Ayurveda Day 97: Highest Forms of Healing for Vata, Pitta, and Kapha

Today I would like to talk about ways to heal the doshic imbalances within us. In this blog I focus on certain fundamental tools we can use to help us balance the doshas:

– proper diet

– herbal remedies

– following eating guidelines

– pranayama

– meditation

– daily practices

Doing these things are great ways to reduce symptoms, maintain health, and prevent further doshic imbalance.

However, these aren’t really speaking to the fundamental cause of disease.

There are three main causes of disease:

– misusing our senses

– making poor choices

– decay due to time and motion

Underlying all of this is one fundamental cause to disease that causes us to go out of balance in these three areas in the first place: forgetting our true nature: as one, as spirit, as god, connected to all of existence…whatever you want to call it. It basically means surrendering the ego (that which makes us feel separate from everything else).

Each of us can develop certain imbalances regardless of our constitution – this is known as vikruti. It basically means that if I eat a lot of hot, spicy foods and am constantly bitter and angry about everything, I will have high pitta. This is unavoidable, even if I have a lot kapha in my inherent constitution. We are not immune to the effects of the doshas.

But our constitution, known as our prakruti, lays the way for our tendencies to show up. If I have a lot of vata in my prakruti, I will be more likely to lean towards talking quickly, being enthusiastic, have poor circulation, etc. I will tend towards vata in my life.

It is important to remember however that we are all three doshas. And having balanced health does not mean having equal parts of vata, pitta, and kapha, all at 33.3%. Within each dosha, there are healthy aspects and unhealthy aspects.

For example:

Pitta types are prone to anger, but make great leaders.

Vata types are prone to anxiety, but are great visionaries.

Kapha types are prone to stagnation, but are extremely supportive.

Balance within each dosha is about understanding which traits are moving us towards health and focusing on those. It’s about using the dosha as a tool rather than it using us. But if we do actions in life mindlessly, we will always lean towards the unhealthy aspects.

For vata, pitta, and kapha, there is one fundamental practice that each can do. When I list these, you will immediately resonate with one more than the others. This is a sign of your largest internal struggle, and what you need to focus on. Ultimately, we need to do all three of these practices. But focusing on that one will tend to balance the others as well.

Vata

Vata types experience a lot of fear, worry, and anxiety in life. They fantasize about the future and dwell on the past. They have a hard time believing that things will be okay.

The highest healing practice for a vata is to cultivate faith. Faith that everything is alright, that nothing is wrong. Faith that everything they require is in the present moment. Just unwavering faith. Faith is the cure for fear. Have faith my vata friends!

Pitta

Pitta types experience much anger. A pitta sees everything as a problem that they can fix. You will often be able to pinpoint a pitta based on their speech: “If everyone just did ______, then we wouldn’t have this problem!”. They see clearly all the problems and all the solutions – it makes no sense to a pitta how others can’t see what they see.

The highest healing practice for a pitta is to practice non-judgment. The truth is, that there is no problem. Practice non-judgment. Accept that things are perfect the way they are!

Kapha

Kapha types get attached to things so easily. They have a hard time letting go. A kapha is the kind of person that will be in a burning room and when they see it catch fire will say “it’s not so bad”. Then the fire will engulf the walls and the ceiling and they will say “it’s getting hotter in here”. Finally, when the chair they are sitting on is on fire, they will finally say “Maybe it’s time to leave!” Kapha types stagnate due to their attachment to things. It takes them a long time to change.

The highest healing practice for a kapha is to strive for non-attachment. This doesn’t mean detachment. Detachment implies they are already attached! By then, it will take a lot for them to detach! A kapha must not become attached in the first place, accepting that change is natural and holding onto things won’t make them any better. A womb is a great example – it provides everything for the baby to grow and thrive. But at some point, the baby must leave the womb, or it will become a tomb. So practice non-attachment!

The truth behind these practices: to have faith for vata, to practice non-judgment for pitta, and to practice non-attachment for kapha, is that having that inner dialogue connects us more with our higher self. It sheds the skin of the ego that seeks to be more separate in it’s own vata, pitta, and kapha ways. This train of thought of faith, non-judgment, and non-attachment heals us at our fundamental and spiritual layer.

Whenever a vata feels afraid, rather than continue down that spiral, they learn to say “have faith.” Now they won’t in fear grab the foods that will imbalance them, forget to do their daily practices, etc.

Whenever a pitta feels critical, judgmental, they instead say to themselves “practice non-judgment. There is no problem.” Now they will have a much clearer picture and can make better choices for their health.

Whenever a kapha feels too attached and stagnates, they instead must remind themselves “practice non-attachment”. As they have fewer things they are attached to, they will feel the freedom to move and end the stagnation. They will be able to change and become healthy.

Studies have shown that stressed people tend to make poor choices for their health – they grab the donut instead of the veggies from the veggie tray. Changing our inner dialogue trains us so that when we become stressed, we are overriding the ego’s programming and reprogramming a pathway to our higher self.

Have faith. Practice non-judgment and non-attachment.
With gratitude,

S

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