Ayurveda is the oldest holistic health system in the world, it is the sister science of yoga, which is based on the connection of mind and body. It is a complete way of life that guides you on how to achieve optimal health through lifestyle, diet, herbs, self care, yoga, spiritual healing, and more. The word Ayurveda in Sanskrit translated means that “Science of Life”, Where ‘ayur ’ means Life and ‘veda ‘ stands for Science, knowledge or wisdom, Because in order to achieve true health, one must know and apply the corresponding knowledge.
Ayurveda offers timeless wisdom and holistic health solutions and has proven itself for over 5,000 years. His focus on mental health and mind-body connection is the missing piece of the puzzle in a confusing modern age where we are more overexcited, overworked, and overtired than ever before. With not nearly enough mental health awareness or education on how to truly care about our minds and emotional landscape, Ayurveda encourages you to act in simple but transformative ways to connect with yourself and your physical, spiritual, understand emotional and spiritual health as a whole.
To know how Ayurveda can support your mental health, one starts with understanding your unique mind-body type! According to Ayurveda, we are born with a unique ratio of the three doshas or mind-body energy types: Vata, Pitta and Kapha. We are mostly dominated by one or two of the doshas. Each controls unique biophysical properties and mental qualities that are constantly adapting and changing to our lifestyle, stress, environment, experiences and dietary choices.
By understanding all three doshas and their mind types, we can identify which dosha is out of whack and needs to be gently rebalanced, all through a personalized approach. The safest and most reliable way to discover your Dosha is to work with an Ayurveda expert.
Vata Dosha consists of the elements ether and air and governs properties that are light, cold, dry, rough, irregular and moving. Vata types have very active minds that can be restless but creative with imaginative ideas. When balanced, they are easily excited, friendly, enthusiastic, happy, flexible, accept changes, are open-minded and tolerant of others.
If the Vata Dosha is out of whack in the mind, you will experience mental imbalances such as fear, mood swings, anxiety, panic, nervousness, tiredness, tiredness, over-worrying, thinking about the future, insomnia, fear, poor concentration, impatient, restless, ADD / ADHD. Vata types tend to feel “wired”, stressed, and often don’t stop until they burn themselves out.
Vata Dosha needs lifestyle, diet and a holistic balance regime that grounds its irregular and constantly moving energy. Qualities in everything from food to self-care to exercise should be warming, grounding, balancing, calming, and nourishing the mind and body.
Mental health tips for Vata types:
- Create a regular daily routine and plan with uniform meal times.
- Practice a daily morning routine and bedtime or dinacharya.
- Practice an Abhyanga Pada ritual every night before bed: massage the soles of your feet with warm sesame oil to regenerate the nervous system and nourish the body.
- Take the time to calm the mind with a daily meditation practice. Guided visualization meditations are great for the imagination of vatas.
- Write for 10 minutes each day to regain power over your mind, which tends to be in the future, and anchor it at rest in the present moment. Free journaling, storytelling, or poetry work well for the creative and expressive spirit of the Vata Dosha.
Pitta Dosha consists of the elements water and Re and rules qualities that are hot, spicy, dry, light, oily, spicy and sour. Pitta mind types in balance are ambitious, passionate, self-confident, organized, brave, intelligent, decisive, talkative, understanding, goal-oriented, focused and precise.
A person with dominant Pitta in their constitution is more prone to Pitta-related mental imbalances such as stress, anger, anger, jealousy, very temperamental, quick-tempered, irritable, quick to snap, obsessive-compulsive, controlling, judgmental, defensive, sarcastic, competitive, critical and the tendency to overwork.
The Pitta Dosha needs a lifestyle and diet to balance its hot and hot qualities with foods, rituals, and daily practices that cool and calm the mind. To balance pitta, you need to make choices that are cool and stabilizing.
Mental health tips for Pitta types:
- Schedule time to relax, unwind, and have fun. Pittas tend to overwork and forget to prioritize their happiness and wellbeing.
- Practice an Ayurvedic daily morning and bedtime – Dinacharya – which will bring you balance and calm.
- Practice the daily self-massage of the shoulders, neck, heart and temples with warm coconut oil to relieve tension and stress and restore the nervous system.
- Make time every day for a walk in the fresh air and nature. Spending time near natural bodies of water such as lakes or ponds and in green spaces is very cooling for Pitta.
- Spend 10 minutes each day keeping a journal of your gratitude, positive reactions, and connecting with any emotions that need to be felt and released. Journal prompts work well for the logical and analytical mind of the Pitta Dosha.
Kapha dosha consists of the elements water and earth and governs properties that are cold, heavy, dense, static and dull. Kapha’s mind types are grounded in equilibrium, calm, mindful and slow. You are loyal, reliable, patient, and honest. Kaphas are the most heavily grounded and most stable dosas. You have a stable emotional temperament with the ability to remain calm and collected in most situations.
A person with dominant kapha in their constitution will be more prone to mental kapha imbalances such as greed, attachment, and laziness. Kapha types are prone to depression with attachment to the past and attachment to material possessions.
The key to balancing Kapha is stimulating and favoring light, warm, dry and harsh properties. Kapha needs stimulation and change to balance its stable and static nature.
Mental health tips for kapha types:
- Allow time in your life for adventure, try new things, and step out of your comfort zone. Stimulation is the key to balancing Kapha’s heavy earth energy.
- Practice an Ayurvedic daily morning routine. Avoid oversleeping in the morning, sleeping too much, and napping during the day.
- Do exercises that are vigorous and will make you sweat! Kapha requires exercise and regular physical activity to avoid lethargy and laziness.
- Practice meditations on letting go, leaving the past and attachments behind so that you can move forward in your life.
- Spend 10 minutes each day journaling your gratitude and self-love; Kaphas often put the needs of others above their own, so it is important to practice more self-love for their healing. Journal prompts that provoke self-discovery and deep reflection work well for the Kapha Dosha mind, which needs to be stimulated.
About the author
Carina Talla, the founder of CiCis Ayurveda, is an Ayurveda health coach and energy healer who guides women to restore the balance of body, mind and spirit through Ayurveda. Her approach to healing is holistic, empowering, and heart-guided as she guides you through a journey of transformation to regain your strength. Specializing in mental, emotional, and spiritual health, Carina uses practical tools to guide you towards natural healing.