The three elements
Vata, pitta and Kapha are known as doshas in Ayurveda. They are the underlying principles that govern the nature, transformation and structure of the physical universe. Understanding vata, pitta and kapha needs us to dig in more to the ancient ayurvedic teachings
Each dosha is composed of two of the five elements
It is the specific combination of these elements that determines each doshas characteristics. Understanding Vata, Pitta & Kapha you need to know of the above elements and their characteristics. Every object in the natural world is composed of the elements of vata, pitta and kapha. The relative proportion of each dosha or element that determines its uniqueness and differentiates it from another objects.
Vata is compose of the elements of air and space. Its qualities are light, subtle, moving, cold, dry, hard and rough. Vata governs movement in the mind and body.
Pitta is compose of the elements of fire and water. Its qualities are hot, acidic, sour and sharp. Pitta governs transformation in the mind and body, whether it’s the digestion, assimilation and metabolism of food and water into energy or the digestion and assimilation of thoughts and ideas into actions.
Kapha is compose of the elements of earth and water. Its qualities are heavy, cold, slow, binding, sticky and smooth. Kapha is responsible for the density and structure of our body.
With an understanding of the qualities inherent in the elements that combine to make up the three doshas we are able to keep the doshas in balance in our own bodies and thereby remain healthy, happy and free from disease.