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How to Recognize Dosha Imbalances in Your Life

Updated: Apr 28

Confused by online Ayurveda quizzes? Check out these comprehensive lists of dosha imbalances! Turn to Saumya Ayurveda as your experienced guide.

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Ayurveda Dosha Quiz

Did you take a quiz or several, and find yourself more confused? How do you know which dosha or doshas you are? The question can leave us flummoxed. And yet, you need a clear dosha assessment because its the foundation to diagnosis, treatment and maintaining good health. If the doshic picture isn't clear, how can Ayurvedic treatment be effective?

There are three main dosha types, Vata, Pitta, and Kapha, BUT...there are many combinations. Now add to that, the qualities of each dosha and dosha combination, and now layer that with any imbalances in one or more of the doshas and yes--it can make your head spin.

Explore this article and if anything on the dosha imbalances lists looks too familiar, turn to Saumya Ayurveda as your experienced guide in learning about and balancing your distinct constitution. Eliminate the stress and confusion and move forward with confidence, and experience the benefits of seasoned Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner care with decades of experience.

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First, an exploration of the doshas, Vata, Pitta, and Kapha.

Second, how to determine which dosha is imbalanced? If you found the quizzes confusing, these comprehensive lists of dosha imbalances will be clarifying.

Third, how do you balance the doshas? Survey several resources on how to balance the doshas.

What is Ayurveda? Key Ayurvedic Concepts

Ayurveda seeks to achieve an optimal energetic balance in the body, mind, and spirit so we are healthy and free to pursue our fullest spiritual lives. But what does that really mean?

Everything and everyone in the world around us is composed of five elements: air, fire, water, earth, and space. Ayurveda groups these elements into three basic energetic properties, known as doshas. These foundational energies (called Vata, Pitta, and Kapha) are the building blocks of our entire universe.

1. Vata: That Which Moves

Vata dosha is characterized by space and air. The essential engine of the universe, Vata governs all functions of movement within the mind, body, and outer world. Like the elements it embodies, Vata’s physical properties are cold, dry, mobile, subtle, and light.

Vata’s powerful mobile nature is the source of creativity, expansion, openness, eagerness, and ingenuity. However, when Vata falls out of balance, we may feel scattered, ungrounded, tense, and anxious.

2. Pitta: That Which Transforms

Fire and water combine to form Pitta dosha. A universal force of action/reaction, Pitta governs all transformations within the body and mind (think digesting thoughts, emotions, sunlight, and of course food). Pitta characteristics are hot, light, sharp, oily, liquid, and spreading.

In balance, Pitta energy is ambitious, discerning, charismatic, strong-willed, and insightful. Out of balance, it sparks heat in the body and mind (such as inflammation, indigestion, heartburn, and fiery emotional responses like jealousy, criticism, and anger).

3. Kapha: That Which Protects

Kapha dosha is governed by water and earth. Nourishing and reliable, Kapha provides structure and stability in our inner and outer worlds. Like the elements it represents, Kapha physical properties are moist, heavy, slow (or dullish), cool, stable, oily, and smooth.

Balanced Kapha supports groundedness, endurance, strength, and dependability. It protects critical systems from our immune system and personal boundaries down to our stomach lining and the fluid in our joints. Out of balance, Kapha manifests as physical and mental “dullness.” We may put on a few extra pounds, or feel weighed down, lethargic, foggy, or depressed.

Understanding the Three Doshas: A Comprehensive Guide to Dosha Imbalance

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Wild List of Vata Imbalances

Have you wondered if you might have a Vata imbalance? 30 signs and symptoms of Vata imbalances in the body and mind.

30 Signs of Vata Imbalances

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  • Anxiety, nervousness

  • Panic attacks, fear

  • Restless, agitated

  • Dizziness

  • Feeling ungrounded, spacey, scattered, overwhelmed

  • Excess worrying and thinking in general (“Cannot shut my mind off, it just keeps talking.")

  • Feeling sped-up, racing mind

  • Confused

  • Shaky

  • Excessive talking

Do you recognize any Vata imbalances or symptoms?

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How To Balance Vata Dosha

Vata Testimonials

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Hot List of Pitta Imbalances

Have you wondered if you might have a Pitta imbalance? 35 signs of Pitta, heat imbalances in the body and mind.

35 Signs of Pitta Imbalances:

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1. Red, burning, or irritated skin including eczema and dermatitis

2. Headaches with burning sensation and migraines 

3. Rashes, response to insect bites

6. Inflammation or any of the "itis” conditions

7. Acne 

8. Stomach heat increases, causing heartburn, acid reflux, GERD and ulcers

9. Hyperthyroidism

10. Loose stools (soft serve ice cream consistency) or diarrhea

11. Overactive metabolism

12. Nausea or discomfort upon missing meal

13. Heat avoidant or intolerant

14. Heavy, clotty cycles

15. Interrupted sleep 

17. Inflammation in the body can lead to joint pain

18. Increased sweating and sour or foul body odor.

19. Increased hunger and thirst

21. Excessive thirst, unquenchable thirst

22. Autoimmune disorders

23. Fevers

24. Acute inflammation of the joints

26. Sun avoidant

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29. Workaholic tendencies

31. Jealousy

32. Impatience, criticism, and intolerant

33. Overly attached to goals

34. Ego inflamed

35. Controlling, fiery personality Do you recognize any Pitta imbalances or symptoms?

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How To Balance Pitta Dosha

Pitta Testimonials

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Sturdy List of Kapha Imbalances

Have you wondered if you might have a Kapha imbalance? Weight gain? Cholesterol? Allergies? A1C labs increasing? Mucousy? Emotional eating? Feeling dull? Did you know we can be any dosha, and still have a Kapha imbalance?

23 Signs of Kapha Imbalances

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  • Tendency for “emotional overeating”

  • Depression, melancholy

  • Sentimental

  • Stubborn

  • Greedy

  • Hoarding

  • Overly attached

  • Possessive

Do you recognize any Kapha imbalances or symptoms?

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How to Invigorate Kapha in Body and Mind with Ayurveda

Kapha Testimonials

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How to Recognize Dosha Imbalances in Your Life. Anything look familiar on the dosha lists? Ready to restore balance to your Vata, Pitta, and Kapha?

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Veenat at Saumya Ayurveda

Veena is a Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner and meditation teacher, and monk.

She is President Emeritus and teaching faculty of the Meditation Center.

Veena fell in love with the traditional medicine used in her family’s home, learning herbal remedies at her grandmother's knee.

These childhood experiences were the seeds of a lifelong passion. For over 30 years, Veena has dedicated her life to the world’s oldest healing system: Ayurveda.

She draws on this ancient wisdom to help others find their compass to a healthy life – and support those left wanting by Western medicine.

An experienced Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner, Veena’s deep, intuitive knowledge of Ayurveda empowers her clients to reclaim their fullest, most vibrant lives –mentally, physically, and spiritually. Veena individualizes treatment plans to each person, rather than offering a one-size-fits-all approach, so it fits your life and becomes woven in your lifestyle, naturally.

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