The human body is a miracle of evolution on our planet. The way it functions in perfect harmony with our consciousness makes it a unique biological machine. According to Ayurveda, every human body is made up of Gunas and Dosas. Ayurveda defines our personality into three types based on these.
Well! This is how it happens! Gunas control our mental health while Doshas govern our physical health and any imbalance in these two can cause diseases to us. For most of us, one of the Gunas or Doshas will be more dominant than the other. But, we can always balance them out by leading a healthy life. Here is how they affect us on a day to day basis in detail.
Let’s understand the Gunas first! They define our personality type!
It refers to three things: quality, virtue, and excellence. The Gunas create energy, matter and consciousness. Gunas is further classified into three types, they are tamas meaning darkness, rajas meaning activity and sattva meaning beingness. They shape our dosha, mental personality and help in the functioning of our inner consciousness. Here are three types of Gunas which shape our personality:
1. Sattva type of personality
Sattva means how pure you are or your inner purity. A person who has more sattva is generally calm, clear, and peaceful. Sattva helps in awakening your soul and it also gives happiness.
2. Rajas type of personality
People who have a dominant Rajas mental side will be full of energy, love a lot of materialistic possessions. They also work for their goal and seek to maximize their power. Initially in life people with dominant Rajas will experience joy and pleasure but it will soon turn into pain and suffering.
3. Tamas type of personality
People with dominant Tamas are self-destructive in nature. They are ignorant, full of negative thoughts and lazy. Tamas state promotes disintegration, loss of awareness, and insensitivity.
Let’s understand the Dosas (Physiological health) now! This will help us understand our body!
Doshas govern the physical side of a person. Doshas are three types they are Vata dosha, Pitta dosha, and Kapha dosha. Each of these Doshas is made up of five elements, namely space, air, water, fire, and earth. Every individual is made up of these five elements in different proportions. Just like Gunas, an imbalance in doshas can lead to sickness. Here are three types of Doshas which shape our physical body:
1. Vata Dosa type of body
Vata dosha is responsible for breathing, regulation of circulation, it even helps maintain the heart rate. People who have a dominant Vata dosha have a thin body, they worry a lot, and face difficulty in sleeping. These people are prone to skin related disease, heart disease, and rheumatoid arthritis.
2. Pitta Dosha type of body
Pitta dosha is responsible for the digestive system and metabolism. It even helps in regulating hormones. People who have a dominant Pitta Dosha have large appetites and a medium built body. They tend to be perfectionists and they usually dislike the hot weather. They are prone to digestive problems and hypertension.
3. Kapha Dosha type of body
Kapha dosha is responsible for keeping a balance between vata dosha and pitta dosha. It also helps regulate the immunity system. People with dominant kapha dosha are strong and have a solid and heavy body structure. They will have smooth skin and thick hair. These people are prone to obesity, diabetes, cancer and respiratory problems.