In our last post, we discussed the bare basics of Ayurveda. Today we' bringing you a quick guide to balancing the doshas. To find out your primary and secondary doshas, take this easy quiz.


Balancing Pitta

Pitta imbalance is characterized by:

-red, inflamed rashes, acne or sores

-acute inflammation in body or joints
-acid reflux, gastric or peptic ulcers, heartburn

-nausea or discomfort upon missing meals

-loose stools

-heat intolerance

-frustration, anger, irritability, short temper

-judgment, impatience, criticism, intolerance

-red, inflamed, or light-sensitive eyes

-excessive perfectionist tendencies


To balance Pitta:

Enjoy cooling that are , bitter or astringent.

Avoid foods that are pungent, sour and salty.

Avoid warming or spicy foods

Avoid stimulants like caffeine and nicotine

Partake in a moderate exercise regimen that is challenging, like yoga, biking or swimming, and avoid working out during the hottest part of the day.

Keep cool, body and mind.


Balancing Kapha

Kapha imbalance is characterized by:


-excess mucus

-thick, white tongue coating

-slow, sluggish bowel movement

-excess body weight

-difficulty waking in the morning

-feeling slow, sluggish, foggy, lethargic

-possessive or excess attachment

-stubborn or stuck

-emotional eating

To balance Kapha:

Bring stimulation and exercise into your daily routine.

Enjoy foods that are pungent, bitter and astringent

Warming and heating foods, spicy.

Room temp or warm drinks only, steer clear of ice-cold beverages

Whole and freshly cooked meals

Avoid sweet, sour or salty foods

Avoid cooling, heavy or oily foods

Avoid stagnation, get your body moving!

Keep warm and dry

Invite invigorating scents, music and experiences into your routine


Balancing Vata

Vata imbalance is characterized by:

-Anxiety, nervousness, fear

-twitching, tremors

-dry skin

-constipation, gas, bloat

- body weight

-avoiding cold or wind

-sensitive to loud noise

-interrupted sleep, light sleep

-distracted, scattered thought, space-cadet

-worry or overthinking


To balance Vata:

Enjoy sweet, sour and salty foods

Enjoy warm foods

Warming like ginger, cinnamon, cayenne

Warm drinks

Avoid bitter, astringent or pungent foods

Avoid cool foods, raw foods

Avoid dry or light foods, snacks

Enjoy gentle exercise like yoga, walking

Introduce sweet, soothing smells and experiences to your daily routine


Now you've got the basics on how to gently begin balancing the doshas, not only for yourself, but for your loved ones too! For a more in-depth of Ayurveda, we recommend Absolute Beauty: Radiant Skin and Inner Harmony Through the Ancient Secrets of Ayurveda by Pratima Raichur for a deep dive into Ayurveda. Beautifully written and easy to follow, this is the ultimate guide to bringing Ayurveda into your life.