Knowing Your Ayurvedic Body Type Can Change Your Life.

A different take on wellness… from our new blog partner, Melissa Freedman of Cleanse Chick

Screen Shot 2013-09-22 at 8.57.15 PMThis is the first post in a 4-Part series on healthy living and eating by our new partner blog, Cleanse Chick… Stay tuned on Wednesday for Part 2!

What is ayurveda?

Ayurveda is an approach to wellness that encompasses your entire lifestyle. The practice started in India and takes into account the five elements: earth, water, fire, air and ether while considering your bodily tissue: plasma, blood, flesh, adipose, bone, marrow and reproductive. Chinese medicine and Tibetan medicine have their roots in ayurveda. Ayurveda is designed to help people stay vital while helping them realize their full potential. Ayurvedic practitioners approach diagnosis by using five senses and ayurvedic doctors regard physical and mental existence together with personality.

Why should you know your body type?

Your constitution remains the same throughout your life. It is made up from your parents’ disposition and determines your main physical characteristics and emotional behavior. The better understanding we get of ourselves, the easier it is to lead a balanced, healthy, vital and fulfilling life. When you know your ayurvedic body type, you can determine the best career, relationships, food and exercise for you. This will make it easier to find a create the body and life you want.

There are three types of constitutions (doshas):

  • Vata
  • Pitta
  • Kapha

Most people possess a mixture of two of the three doshas. Some people even have all three but when you are out of balance and one dosha becomes more prominent, that is your first dosha. Below is a brief description of the different personalities of the constitutions.

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Vata people are always on the go, energetic and creative. Their bodies are fairly lean and easily influenced by stress. Vata peoples minds often race, which can turn into anxiety or insomnia. Vata people skip meals and have digestive problems when they are stressed. Vata people should meditate, eat balanced meals and go to bed during liver down time (before or around 10pm). Vata people work better with routine as long as they do not get caught up in outside stressors. Read More About VATA

Pitta people have strong appetites for experience and information. Pitta types do not like to be bored and often take on multiple projects at once. Pitta people are competitive, easily irritable and angry. When Pitta types do not calm down, they develop heat imbalances in their body and mind. Pitta people should reduce their consumption of alcohol and spend more time in nature. Pitta types may suffer from heartburn, ulcers, hypertension and inflammatory conditions. Read More About PITTA

Kapha people are solid, reliable, stubborn and resistant to change. They hold on to the past, possessions, jobs and relationships. When kapha types are out of balance they are susceptible to weight gain, fluid retention and allergies. Kapha types need to exercise, eat lighter and give away/let go of old possessions. Read More About KAPHA

Click Here for Part 2: Know Your Body Type: Vata (Ayurvedic Doshas)


Melissa Freedman is a Certified Health Coach and On Air Personality. Her clients range from Entertainment professionals to entrepreneurs. After suffering from kidney problems, digestive issues, depression and exhaustion, Melissa realized how unhappy she was and turned her life around, founding Cleanse Chick. Her brand, Cleanse Chick helps individuals break free from old habits in order to create a healthy, happy and fulfilling life. Visit for more about Melissa and her work.



2 thoughts on “Knowing Your Ayurvedic Body Type Can Change Your Life.

  1. Tim
    September 23, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    Is it possible for my doshas to change over time, or is a doshas for life?

    1. CleanseChick
      September 25, 2013 at 2:13 pm

      Hi Tim.

      Your dosha remains the same throughout your life. It’s possible that you are a combination of doshas or maybe all three.

      To find out your dosha, take Dr. Oz’s quiz here:


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