Solid Muscular Frame
Moves Cautiously but Fast
Eats Hearty Large Meals (Meat)
Fearless, Sharp Attack
Intelligent, Calculates Moves
Sensitive to Light (Nocturnal)
Other characteristics of Pitta that don't apply to Jaguar:
Oily Skin, Acne
Prone to Sunburn
Bright Red Lips
Fire & Water
Ayur-what?!? Ayurveda! Sounded out 'Eye-your-vay-da', it is an ancient Eastern Indian Medicine that has been practiced in India for over 5,000 years. Some scholars believe that it may date back as far as 10,000 years but, due to a lack of written language at that time, (it was an oral study, through song) we just can't know. While the specific date of origin really doesn't matter, the importance is that it is still around. So the question is, why? After all, medicine has advanced to robotic surgery and pharmaceuticals. Hmmm.
Let's look at the translation, 'ayur'- life, 'veda' knowledge. Basically, a study of how to live well / healthy; a 'self care' manual if you will. While Ayurvedic Physicians also specialize in fields like Surgery (not self care), this approach allows them to see each patient as an individual. No two people are exactly alike. 'Treatments' are not cookie cutter and assessments are quite different than 'modern medicine' as the pulse, eyes, facial lines and nails are read, diet, exercise and excrement assessed, (plus so much more). A 'diagnosis' is also far from familiarity. For example, my neurological condition, RSD/CRPS (which causes one to have spasms and feel like they are on fire), the descriptor would be a Vata & Pitta Vitiation in the Majja Dhatu. WHAT? Forget it! This is too foreign. Yes, it is Indian. But, you do not have to learn Sanskrit or all of the terminology to benefit from it's wisdom. I did because I love it so very much. My point is, is that it is very different from an American upbringing and the way 'we' medically view and solve problems to illness.
Ayurveda believes in prevention first. How to keep one's body in alignment or good health, so that it doesn't fall weak to illness or genetic predisposition. This is done by understanding the individual and their constitution. In Ayurveda, a constitution is known as the Dosha. (One of the few terms important to learn if you do have interest, as it used frequently.) There are 3 Doshas- Vata, Pitta & Kapha (also used often and good to know). So how do you know what your Dosha is?
To understand a/your Dosha, let's take it back one step. Ayurveda states that there are 5 elements. Ether (Space), Air, Fire, Water & Earth. All that is in the Universe, is in us. All 5 of the elements are present in each of us but the amount of each shows differently in our physical body and mental attributes. Someone made of very light, airy qualities Ether + Air, would be a Vata. Fiery qualities Fire + Water = Pitta. Solid and fluid, Water + Earth = Kapha. Getting an in-depth understanding of each of these Doshas is extremely beneficial because to me, it is empowering! Learning of their strengths and how they show up in the body, as well as their weaknesses, I felt like I had a better understanding of what I was really made of and I believe you will too. I practiced Ayurveda at home for 1 year before attending the Ayurvedic Institute. The first practitioner I worked with, had taught me of the Doshas, and that was all I needed to get started in understanding how to truly hear myself, how to 'treat' myself, even how to respect, love and forgive myself. I wasn't labelled obese at 280 pounds, I had too much Kapha, which was buffering all of my pharmaceuticals and trying to cool down my fires. So much information on different ways to heal in that 1 sentence.
I studied Ayurveda because walking independently again and getting off the narcotics was the result of applying what I was taught from my first practitioner. My healing was advanced tremendously because of what I was taught at school. My various conditions continue to improve because of a commitment to daily routine. I sincerely love Ayurveda because of how it makes me feel. You may not feel the same rah-rah! It's still a fascinating study.
Large Solid Frame
Can Run But Moves Slow, Easy
Takes Their Time
Varied Diet, Meat / Plants
Loves Sweet (Berries, Honey)
Excellent Long Term Memory
Compassionate (Teddy Bear)
Protective (Mama Bear)
Beautiful Luxurious Hair
Other characteristics of Kapha that don't apply to Bear:
Large Smooth Lips
Water & Earth
Ether & Air
What's your Dosha?
Take this quiz! Beneath each animal, check off the qualities that best describe you.
Fill in totals for each animal. Highest to lowest ranking is likely to be your Mental/Physical, Physical/Mental Constitutions. Example: Pitta (16) Primary, Kapha (7) Second, Vata (5) Third
Click here for a printable copy of the 'Animal Dosha Dial'.
This is not like any Dosha quiz you will find online as I created this handout myself for Speaking Engagements.
For other Dosha quizes go to:
~https://store.chopra.com/dosha-quiz [Online & asks for your email address for results.]
~ https://www.banyanbotanicals.com/info/prakriti-quiz/ [Online & asks you sign in.]
~'The Complete Book of Ayurvedic Home Remedies' by Dr Vasant Lad, pgs 18 & 19
~'Aveda Rituals' by Horst Rechelbacher, pages 54 & 55
Small Body Frame
Eats Little / Light Meals
Thoughts Flutter In and Out
Frequently Humming (Chatty)
Other characteristics of Vata that don't apply to Hummingbird:
Dry Skin, Dry Hair
Popping and Cracking Joints