Updated: Mar 13, 2019
According to Ayurveda practices, there are the main energies i.e. Vatta, Kapha and Pitta, these are all referred to as the dosha energies. Each dosha consists of the 5 elements; space, air, fire, water and earth, with one or two more dominant element.
It is believed that everybody has all the doshas present in them with one or two more dominant. When your dosha energy is imbalanced, effects may include physical, mental, emotional, etc
Dosha imbalances are generally caused by unsupportive diet & lifestyle choices, as well as stress & emotional trauma.
These energies can be balanced through the senses- taste, smell, colour & light, touch, and music & sound - by various therapies such as aromatherapy, yoga, massage, food, meditation, etc
Vata is characterised by the mobile nature of wind and space. It is linked with creativity and flexibility and is more dominant during the winter/fall. When the vata dosha is imbalanced, a person may suffer from fear, anxiety, exhaustion and muscle spasms.
Smell - sweet, heavy and acidic, orange, geranium, basil.
Pitta is characterised by fire (transformative in nature) and water (neither mobile nor stable). Linked to intelligence and understanding, and more dorminant in summer. When imbalanced, fiery reaction is experienced - frustration, anger, inflamatory disorders.
Smell: cooling & sweet, ylang ylang, lavender, patchouli, sandalwood
Kapha is characterised with water (binding nature) and earth (grounded) - dominant in spring and linked to love and compassion. When imbalanced, greed, possessiveness, stubbornness, congestion in organs. Smell- spicy, sharp, bitter, warming - rosemary, eucalyptus, camphor, frankincense.