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THE 3 AYURVEDIC DOSHAS

In ayurveda there is 3 different doshas, or constellation types. We all have each of these doshas in us, but we tend to have one or two more dominant doshas. Based on these doshas you can find out what brings you out of balance, and what brings you into balance and what makes you the best version of yourself. If you have no idea what ayurveda is, then I have written a little blogpost about ayurveda in general here, but today I want to write a bit about the 3 different doshas.

The 3 different doshas are vata, kapha and pitta. Below you will find some descriptions about the characteristics for each type and what brings them out of balance and what brings them into balance. You can take ayurveda tests several places online or in books, or you might even be able to see which one is your primary one simply based on the descriptions below.

 

Picture source: Raw Ayurveda

 

Vata – space and air

  • Characteristics: typical slim, small persons. Easy to see bones. Tendency to dry skin. Often have cold hands and feet, speaks fast and sleeps very lightly.
  • Vata in balance: imaginative, enthusiastic, flexible, generous, easily gets friends, ready, happy, creative, good communicator, light body, does not care about routines, ordinary and predictable ways. Learns quickly, loving. Because vata is very cold, light and dry it needs warm, stability and routines.
  • Vata in imbalance: easily gets out of balance during the winter and the cold months, and by stress, hard exercising or too much activity, travelling and instability. Easily gets constipated, shakes easily, easily looses appetite, sleepless, gets anxious, have a hard time making decisions and standing by them, feeling divided, dry skin, cannot stay still, worries a lot, anxious, indecisive, unfocused, do things fast, forgets to eat, gets overwhelmed by too much at once.

 

Kapha – Water and Earth

  • Characteristics: Often big and strong.  Skin is clear and eyes are moisture and beautiful. Hair is typically thick, shiny and waved. Strong appetite, good immune system, moves slowly and calmly, loves to sleep for a long time and deep.
  • Kapha in balance: calm, stable, romantic, grounding, a good support for many people, easy to be in company with, satisfied, generous, loyal, faithful, good health, likes cakes, full of love and compassion, happy for routines, empathic, good memory, loves to eat, sit, relax, sleep, easily gains weight, healthy body, strong teeth, thick hair,
  • Kapha in imbalance: very lazy, depressive, greedy, turns inward, lung issues, slow, sleeps more than  hours per night, feels heavy in body and mind, does not take initiatives, passive, lies on the couch, eats comfort foods, easily gains weight, jealous.

 

Pitta – Fire and Water

  • Characteristics: medium building, is often strong and well proportioned. Have a sensitive skin, a good glow, glittering eyes with a sharp look. Hair is soft and thin. A pitta is warm and soft to touch, they speak sharp and precise.
  • Pitta in balance: have lots of fire and energy inside, a big drive, is ambitious, competitive, leader, ask many questions, interpretive, reflective, energetic, intelligent, sharp focus, organised, impatient, warm, adaptable, strong appetit and thirst, disciplined, principle, perfectionist, independent, strong body, charismatic, passionated, good at businesses, healthy and strong appetit.
  • Pitta in imbalance: impatient, frustrated, highly competitive, arrogant, judgemental, critical, angry, aggressive, burns out quickly, gets inflammations, gets skin rashes, looses hair early, high blood pressure, cynical, needs to cool down, feels exhausted, works too much, is a control freak, diarrhea, stomach problems.

 

Once you know which dosha is your primary, you can also learn how to bring it into balance by learning about what foods are good for you, what kind of exercises are good for you, which routines etc.

I can tell you that I’m without a doubt a primary vata, I’m slim, have a tendency to get easily cold, gets easily stressed out if I have too many things going on, love warm food and drinks and I have tons of ideas,  but sometimes have a hard time sticking to routines – a typical vata. Some of the things I’ve learned through learning about ayurveda is what I can do to get more into balance. I can eat warm, grounding food, remember to relax and slow down and try to stick to some routines.

Ayurveda is a very ancient philosophy which goes hands in hand with yoga and really looks at how you can prevent diseases, illnesses etc. rather than fighting them once they are there.

 

I’m interested to hear – what is your dosha type? Can you identify yourself based on these descriptions? Or have you taken a test?

 

If you want to learn more about ayurveda and doshas, then I can recommend these sources, which is also where I’ve found information for this post from

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EVERYDAY HAPPINESS

The past week has been filled with lots of studying, great time with one of my best friends, coming home to valentines day to find that my boyfriend had bought me flowers and chocolate (so sweet, but I might have hinted it a bit too much, cause that is the first time in 5 years that that happens, nevertheless I’m so grateful and I love him so much) and I’ve been on a lovely yoga retreat with Cathrine on Samsø over the weekend <3

As you might have seen on Instagram, I’ve started tongue scraping and it’s incredibly satisfying once you first begin

I’ve also tried to make my very own face cream, and it turned out really well, it’s so thick and moisturising, perfect for dry winter skin!

I spend the weekend in this beautiful place (Mellem-Rummet) at Samsø on a yoga retreat held by Cathrine, and a lot of kind and loving people. We ate lots of delicious, healthy vegan food, practiced yoga, relaxed, drank herbal teas and just had time to just be. So lovely!

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AYURVEDIC PRACTICES

Today I thought I would share some of the ayurvedic practices which I’m using in my everyday life, and you might find some inspiration for some more loving and selfcaring practices.

 

If you don’t know what ayurveda is, then I’ve already written a blog post about it which you can read about right here. I find ayurveda very fascinating and, as mentioned, I’ve already taken several of the ayurvedic practices to me and use them in my everyday life to take better care of myself, health and happiness.

 

Dry brushing

Dry brushing is a very used practice within ayurveda. Dry brushing is where you brush your dry skin, to get rid of dead skin cells, but more importantly to get your blood circulation flowing in your body. Dry brushing before a bath is such a lovely selfcare practice.

 

Oil massage

Just like dry brushing, then giving yourself an oil massage, is also a very practiced ritual within the ayurvedic belief system. Again this is a way to get your blood circulation going, but also just a lovely way to moisturise your skin and get in tune with your own body.

self care

 

Tongue scraping

Tongue scraping is a new ayurvedic practice which I’ve just started to do. Basically you just scrape your tongue to remove dirt from your tongue. You can do this after you brush your teeth and just incorporate it as a daily practice, like brushing teeth. Tongue scraping is a way to not only remove a bad breath, but also a way to, according to ayurvedic beliefs, improve taste and digestion*.

 

Warm food, drinks and clothes

If you have identified which ayurvedic dosha is your primary (vata, kapha, pita), then you can follow some of the practices which are suggested for your type. My primary dosha is vata, and one of my characteristics is that I very easily get cold and freeze. This is so simple and seems very logic, but the ayurvedic practice recommends, especially for vata doshas, to eat warm food, drink warm drinks (herbal teas, golden milk) and dress in warm clothes in order to keep balanced. So I sip on tea almost all day long, wear lots of warm knits and a blanket if I’m at home, and I truly enjoy eating a delicious warm and nourishing vegetable soup or a good dhal.

 

I’m curious to know if you’ve looked into ayurveda? Are you following any of these selfcare practices? And, what dosha type are your primary?

Source: Why everyone should consider tongue scraping 

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5 BOOKS I WANT TO READ

Since I haven’t found many interesting things and links from the past week for today, I thought that I instead could share some of the books which are currently on my ‘want to read list‘. These are books within the categories of health, spirituality, visualization, ayurveda and self development (the topics I just love to read about).
I hope you can find some inspiration.

1. How Your Mind Can Heal Your Body – David R. Hamilton

2. Yoga & Ayurveda – Self-Healing and Self-Realization – David Frawley

3. Creative Visualization – Shakti Gawain

4. Ayurveda and the Mind – The Healing of Consciousness – David Frawley

5. Spiritual Growth – Being Your Higher Self – Sanaya Roman

Also, if you have any great books, please share them with me!

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VEGETARIAN FESTIVAL IN COPENHAGEN

Lige et hurtigt tip!

Her i weekenden er der Vegetarisk Festival fra d.25.-27. august, og det bliver holdt på Tiøren ude ved Amager Strandvej.
Jeg skal selv derud i morgen sammen med Ida og høre et oplæg omkring om alle mennesker kan brødfødes bæredygtigt med en plantebaseret kost, og til en ayurveda workshop – og ellers bare tulle lidt omkring og se på hvad der er af spændende sager derude.

Du kan se det fulde program lige her.

English:
Just a quick tip!

This weekend there is a Vegetarian Festival from August 25th-27th and it is being held at Tiøren at Amager Strandvej.
I’m going myself with my friend Ida to hear about whether all people on the planet could be fed sustainably on a plant based diet, and for an ayurveda workshop – and else just walk around and see what interesting things is out there.

You can see the full program here

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MY FAVOURITE PODCASTS ABOUT HEALTH AND SPIRITUALITY

Det er noget tid siden jeg har delt mine yndlings podcast, og dengang var det mere rent generelt. Nu har jeg fundet nogle nye favoritter, og da jeg for tiden er all-in-for sundhed, holisme og spiritualitet, så tænkte jeg at det kunne være interessant at dele mine yndlings podcast indenfor denne genre med jer. Og så passer det jo perfekt hertil weekenden! Selv skal jeg på arbejde hele weekenden, men det kan være at du har helt fri og kunne bruge et godt og inspirerende podcast til en god gå tur ude i naturen.

 

The Melissa Ambrosini Show

Denne her er efterhånden en gammel favorit, for jeg har efterhånden hørt med længe, og har også anbefalet podcastet flere gange herinde på bloggen. Men, hvis du ikke kender til det, så interviewer Melissa Ambrosini alverdens spændende mennesker og man får en masse ny og spændende viden. Især er der fokus på sundhed, men der kommer også emner som parforhold, selvudvikling og meget mere.

 

Awaken Radio

Denne her er en ny favorit. Podcastet er lavet af Connie Chapman (som forresten har den fineste Instagram profil!). Connie’s stemme er så dejligt beroligende, og dette podcast har også fokus på sundhed, men det har også et meget spirituelt fokus – hvilket jeg er elle vild med disse dage.

 

Everyday Ayurveda and Yoga at Hale Pule

Jeg er begyndt at være meget fascineret af Ayurveda (læs lidt mere om det her), og i dette podcast finder man information og hverdagstips til hvordan man kan implementere ayurvedaen i sin egen hverdag. Podcastet er lavet af Myra Lewin som er ayurvedisk udøver og er stifteren af Hale Pule som er et ayurveda og yoga skole.

 

The Spa Dr

The Spa Dr er også kendt som Dr. Trevor Cates, besvarer på spørgsmål omkring sundheds myter, interviewer spændende mennesker indenfor sundhedsfeltet og kommer med en masse tips og tricks til hvordan man kan passe bedst muligt på sin krop rent sundhedsmæssigt.


Hvis i har nogle gode podcasts indenfor samme genre, så må i endelig dele dem med mig, for jeg elsker at opdage nye gode podcasts!

English:

It’s been a while since I last shared my favourite podcasts, and at that time it was more podcasts in general. Now I’ve found some new favourites, and since I’m at the moment all about health, holistic and spiritual living, I thought it would be interesting to share some of my favourite podcasts within this genre with you. And it’s perfect here for the weekend! I have to work all weekend, but you might have a free weekend and could use a good and inspirational podcast to listen to while going for a walk outside in nature. 

 

The Melissa Ambrosini Show

This is an old favourite, which I’ve already shared several times on the blog. But, if you do not know about it, Melissa Ambrosini interviews a lot of different people and you get so much new knowledge. There is especially focus on health, but it also touches upon subjects such as relationships, self development and much more.

 

Awaken Radio

This is a new favourite of mine. The podcast is made by Connie Chapman (which btw has the most lovely Instagram account!). Connie’s voice is so soothing and calm, and this podcast has focus on health, but also a lot of spirituality – which I’m loving these days.

 

Everyday Ayurveda and Yoga at Hale Pule

I’ve become very fascinated with ayurveda (read more about it here), and in this podcast you get information and everyday tips and tricks on how to implement the ayurvedic lifestyle into your everyday life. The podcast is made by Myra Lewin which is an ayurvedic practitioner and the founder of Hale Pule which is an ayurveda and yoga school.

 

The Spa Dr

The Spa Dr is also known as Dr. Trevor Cates, and she answers questions about health myths, interviews exciting people within the health field and comes with a lot of tips and tricks on how to take care of your body and yourself in the best way. 

If you have any good podcasts within the same kind of genre, please share them with me, because I love discovering new amazing podcasts!

 

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WHAT IS AYURVEDA?

Hvad er ayurveda? Det var faktisk noget jeg selv spurgte om for cirka et halvt år siden. Jeg kan huske første gang jeg mødtes med Ida, at hun nævnte ayurveda og jeg tænkte “ayur-hva-for-noget?”. Jeg havde aldrig hørt om dette udtryk før, men tak for at jeg lærte omkring det, for nu er jeg enormt fascineret af det.

Hvad er ayurveda?
Ayurveda er en indisk lægevidenskab, og filosofien bygger ikke kun på behandling ligesom det gør i vestens lægevidenskab, men også på forebyggelse. Man kigger altså både på hvad mad man kan spise, hvordan man kan bevæge sin krop, hvordan man kan få et sind i balance og meget mere for at få en krop i balance og leve et sundt liv. Alt hvad jeg elsker! Jeg er nemlig en ultimativ “sucker” for alt hvad der handler om sundhed og helse.

De 3 doshaer
Ayurveda er den overordnede filosofi. Men indenfor ayurveda er der 3 doshaer. Disse er kaldet vata, pitta og kapha. Alle mennesker rummer alle 3 doshaer, men typisk har man en eller to som er mere dominerende. Man kan tage en ayurveda test og finde frem til ens midlertidige dosha. Jeg har fundet ud af at jeg primært er en vata.

Når man så kender til sin dosha, så kan man læse om forskellige tips og tricks man kan gøre brug af for at holde sig selv i balance, og dermed ikke komme ud af balance. For når man kommer ud af balance, så er det at man begynder at kan få problemer, såsom at blive syg, få dårlig mave, blive stresset og meget andet – altså, alle de ting man gerne vil undgå.

Jeg er enormt fascineret af hele denne tankegang, og det er især det jeg læser og ser en del dokumentarer om for tiden. Jeg er så heldig at min kæreste og jeg skal til Thailand til Oktober, og det hotel vi skal bo på faktisk har fokus på ayurveda – hvilket jeg kun er endnu mere spændt på nu!

Hvis du gerne vil lære mere om ayurveda så kan jeg anbefale dig at læse Karen Pallisgaards bog “begynder yogabogen” hvor man netop kan tage en ayurveda test og læse meget mere om de forskellige typer doshaer. Derudover har jeg også bogen “Perfect Health” af Deepak Chopra til gode, som også har fokus på ayurveda. Jeg kan også anbefale at abonnere på gaia.com, hvor der også er en masse små videoer om ayurveda at finde.

Kender du allerede til ayurveda? Og i så fald, hvilken er din primære dosha?

What is ayurveda? That was actually something I asked myself about half a year ago. I remember the first time I met Ida, and she mentioned ayurveda and I thought “ayur-what?”. I had never heard that expression before, but I am so grateful that I now know about it, because I’m truly fascinated by it. 

What is ayurveda?
Ayurveda is a traditional indian medicin science, and the philosophy is not just focused upon treatment like it’s done in western medicin, but also on prevention. You both look at what you eat, how you move your body, how you can create balance in your mind and much more in order to get a body in balance and live a healthy life. Everything I love! Because I truly am a “sucker” for everything that has to do with health and wellness.

The 3 dosha’s
Ayurveda is the overall philosophy. But within ayurveda there are 3 dosha’s. These are called data, pitta and kappa. All humans contain all 3 dosha’s, but typically you’ll have one or to which are more dominating. You can take an ayurveda test and find which is your temporary dosha. I’ve found out that I’m primarily a vata. 

When you know your dosha, you can read about different tips and tricks which you can use to keep yourself in balance and thereby not get out of balance. Because when you get out of balance, that is when you start to get problems, like becoming sick, get an irritated stomach, get stressed and much more – all those things that you want to avoid.

I’m very fascinated by this philosophy, and that is especially what I’m currently reading and watching documentaries about. I’m so lucky that my boyfriend and I are going to Thailand in October, and the hotel that we’re going to stay at actually has focus on ayurveda – which I’m just even more excited about now!

If you want to learn more about ayurveda, then I can recommend you to read Karen Pallisgaard’s book “begynder yogabogen” (only in Danish), where you can take an ayurveda test and learn about the different dosha types. Besides that I also have the book “Perfect Health” by Deepak Chopra waiting for me, which also has focus on ayurveda. I can also recommend subscribing to gaia.com, where you can watch a lot of small videos about ayurveda. 

Do you already know about ayurveda? And if you do, which is your primary dosha?

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