Ayurveda Unveiled: Understanding Your Dosha for Balanced Well-being
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Ayurveda Unveiled: Understanding Your Dosha for Balanced Well-being


Ayurveda, the ancient science of holistic living, embraces the ever-changing dance between beings and nature. At the heart of this wisdom is Michelle Magid, CAS, PKS, a Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner, herbalist, and healer based in Portland, Oregon. Magid's passion for Ayurveda stems from its rhythmic cadence—a dance of movement, shift, and change that echoes the ebb and flow of life.

The Essence of Ayurveda:

Ayurveda recognizes the presence of five primal elements—space, air, fire, water, and earth—in both the external world ("macrocosms") and within us ("microcosm"). These elements blend to form three doshas: Vata, Pitta, and Kapha, influencing our being, body-mind, emotions, and behavioural tendencies.

Balancing Act:

Every individual is born with a unique constitution, a specific combination of doshas. While each person possesses all three doshas, one is usually dominant, accompanied by secondary and tertiary doshas. A balanced state, reminiscent of our conception, reflects optimal health. When doshas are imbalanced, various issues, from digestive problems to mental and emotional imbalances, can arise.

Understanding Doshas:

  • Vata (Air and Space):
    • Qualities: Mobile, cold, light, dry, rough, clear, subtle.
    • Governs: Fall and early winter.
    • Physical Characteristics: Thinner, colder, dryer skin.
    • Balance: Creativity and vitality; imbalance may lead to fear and anxiety.
    • Balancing Foods: Warm, grounding, with sweet, salty, and sour tastes.
  • Pitta (Fire and Water):
    • Qualities: Hot, oily, light, sharp, acidic, slightly moist.
    • Governs: Summer.
    • Physical Characteristics: Medium build, warmer body temperature.
    • Balance: Contentment and intelligence; imbalance may result in ulcers and anger.
    • Balancing Foods: Cooling, calming, moderate, with sweet, bitter, or astringent tastes.

  • Kapha (Water and Earth):
    • Qualities: Stable, cold, oily, heavy, cloudy, dull, smooth, slow.
    • Governs: Late winter and spring.
    • Physical Characteristics: Stockier build, bigger bones.
    • Balance: Love and forgiveness; imbalance may lead to insecurity and envy.
    • Balancing Foods: Drying, stimulating, warming, with pungent, bitter, and astringent tastes.

Prakruti and Vikruti:

Prakruti: Our natural constitution, the unique combination of doshas we are born with.

Vikruti: The current state, is sometimes seen as the imbalanced state. Restoring balance involves maintaining the original dosha proportions.


In the ever-evolving dance of life, Ayurveda offers a guide to understanding ourselves through the lens of doshas. Michelle Magid's insights remind us to embrace change and align with the natural cycles, honouring our constitution for optimal well-being. Reflecting on our journey through the seasons and ages, we find the keys to a balanced, harmonious life. Discover your unique dosha composition, and let Ayurveda be your companion in navigating life's constant state of change.

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