People of Vata nature enjoy exercise, adventure, travel - they  never sit in one place for too long! They are hyperactive, tend to do few things at the same time hardly finishing them on time or at all. Talkative, think and speak quick and fast, their mind is always active. Vata people learn new things easily but forget fast. They also tend to make money quickly but spend it quickly too, they are not good savers or good planners.
Ideal professions: artist, writer, painter, journalist, traveler, inventor, teacher, etc.

People of Vata nature have a predominance of the qualities cold, light, dry and mobile, they tend to be slender and can be tall or short with prominent bones, their hair are dry, thin and usually curly. Face is oval in shape, nose is small, thin, uneven, eyes are also small with teeny lashes. Lips are often dry and chap easily. Fingers are long and nails are brittle with a tendency to split. Dry and thin skinned, Vata person is easily browned by the sun.

Vata governs physical movement, circulation, communication, mental activity, sensory perception, motor function, respiration, heart function and all nervous system impulses.
Vata people have poor circulation, their hands and feet are usually cold - they often prefer to wear warm clothes and they hate the cold season, they love summer! With irregular appetites and thirst, Vatas often experience underweight, digestive and absorption problems, they usually suffer constipation as well as bloating. Their sleep is often light, disturbed, dreams are active, fearful, restless.
Vata people will quickly go out of balance and quickly come back into balance.

Common Vata disorders:
Constipation, slow or rapid digestion, gas, intestinal cramps, weakness, arthritis, pneumonia, palpitations, breathlessness, low back ache, sciatica, dry / rough skin, lips and hair, stress related disorders, tics, mental confusion, insomnia, nervous disorders, depression.

Tips to balance Vata:

  • Abhyanga - Whole Body Massage with sesame oil
  • warm, cooked foods,
  • avoid raw foods, juices, fasting and stimulants
  • stay warm in cold, windy weather
  • early bedtime, lots of rest and sleep
  • favor warm, oily, heavy, sweet, sour, and salty tastes
  • minimize an intake of light, dry, cold, pungent, bitter and astringent foods.


Elements: Air and Space
Qualities: Dry, light, cold, mobile, subtle, rough, sharp, hard, clear
Location in the body: Brain, Heart, Colon, Bones, Lungs, Bladder,
Bone marrow, Nerve function, Large intestines.

Pittas have fiery personalities, they love a good debate or events where they can be competitive. They have razor sharp minds, a witty sense of humor and have the ability to attract others to follow their direction - they make great leaders! Pittas are extremely focused, punctual, organized and they are list-makers even they have a good, sharp memory.They are perfectionists. When out of balance they may become aggressive, irritable, over-controlling and over-criticizing.

People of Pitta nature often have a clear but direct way of communicating and acting (which may irritate other people) but they can be counted on to get the job done. Pittas are quick problem solvers, love to go deep into problems and find solutions but have a tendency to be opinionated and controlling. They like living in luxurious homes, having fancy cars and other 'expensive toys'. They earn good money and manage they finances well.
Ideal professions: doctor, lawyer, judge, leader, engineer, etc.

Pitta people usually have moderate body builds, not very heavy or very thin, medium in size often with an athletic build, good muscular development. Their skin has nice tone and glow, is often oily, may have freckles or some moles, it may be prone to red rashes or acne. The features on their face are sharp – sharp chin, nose, and piercing eyes. Eyes tend to be blue or light in color. The finger nails are pink and strong and their hair is straight and shiny. Pittas have a tendency to have a receding hairline and/or early balding. Pittas are sensitive to the sun and can easily burn their skin if not careful.

Pittas tend to be on the warm side and are prone to “heated” imbalances like fevers, hypertension, pink eye, and skin problems like acne, eczema. They body temperature is a little higher then usual so they feel quite warm and may perspire a lot hence they like cool weather and dislike hot temperatures. They have a strong metabolism, strong digestion and consume large amount of water. When hungry, a Pitta people need to eat quickly as they become irritable. They weight does not change very much, is stable. Pitta sleep is sound an uninterrupted.
It takes them a moderate amount of time to get out of balance and come back into balance.

Common Pitta disorders:
Fevers, rashes, acne, eczema, inflammatory diseases, hives, burning sensation, ulcers, acid indigestion, blood shot eyes, poor vision, hyperacidity, early graying, worcaholism.

Tips to balance Pitta:

  • Foot Massage with warm ghee is the best to cool down
  • keep cool and avoid hot temperatures
  • do not overwork
  • remember to relax
  • have regular mealtimes, especially at noon
  • favor cool, heavy, dry, sweet, bitter and astringent foods
  • reduce pungent, sour, salty, warm, oily foods
  • foods you should avoid: fish, buttermilk, whey, mutton, acidic fruits, alcohol, meat and fatty, oily and spicy foods.
  • avoid fasting.

Kapha people are easy going, extremely tolerant and patient. They won’t ever lead, but are very happy to follow. They speak, move and think slowly, never rush. They are calm, loving people and are not likely to get upset but once you’ve upset a them, they will hold a grudge. Their attitude is positive, mind is steady and once a person of Kapha nature has made up their mind they are not likely to change it. They get easily attached – to people, relationships, emotions, the past. They love collecting things! And they are great money savers too.
Kapha people love eating, sitting and doing nothing, just enjoying life!
Ideal professions: teacher, healer, nurse, carer, etc.

Kapha people have healthy and well constructed body with large, heavy bones, thick skin and strong joints. Their skin is usually soft, smooth, pale and oily (clammy) and they have big beautiful eyes and teeth. Their hair is thick, wavy and oily, eyelashes are long, full and curly. Kapha hands are big with thick knuckles, thick palms and strong nails.

 Kapha people have very good and strong immune system. Kapha people have a slow digestion and metabolism and tend to gain weight easily but struggle to loose it.  As they don't like move too much or do too much, they tend to maintain the same level of energy during they whole life. Kaphas are tend to 'conserve' their energy rather than  spending it.
Kaphas do not like wet, cold weather.
It takes quite a long time for Kapha people to go out of balance but it also takes time to come back into balance.

Common Kapha disorders:
Diabetes, obesity, hypertension, nausea, bronchial congestion, cold, flu, sinus congestion, allergies (including hay fever), excessive sleep, impaired digestion, poor absorption, lethargy, painful joints.

Tips for balancing Kapha:

  • vigorous regular exercise, a little each day
  • stay warm in cold, damp weather
  • go to bed early and rise early too
  • avoid sweets and sugar
  • eat fresh fruits, vegetables and legumes
  • favor pungent, bitter, astringent, light, dry and warm foods
  • reduce heavy, oily, cold, sweet, sour and salty food.


Elements: Earth and Water  
Qualities: Cold, wet, gross, dense, static, dull, soft, smooth, cloudy
Location in the body: Brain, Joints, Mouth, Lymph, Stomach, Pleural cavity, Pericardial cavity, Bodily Fluid function


Elements: Fire and Water
Qualities: Hot, gross, mobile, slightly wet, slightly heavy, sharp, hard, rough, cloudy
Location in the body: Skin, Eyes, Liver, Brain, Blood, Spleen, Endocrine, Metabolic function, Small intestines

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