[BBL editor’s note: Maybe you’ve heard of doshas? They’re a central part of Ayurvedic medicine, which teaches us that health exists when there is a balance between three fundamental body types – or doshas – called Vata, Pitta and Kapha. In her new book YogaLean, internationally recognized yoga and fitness expert Beth Shaw shows us how to balance our doshas as part of an inspiring holistic lifestyle program.]
From YogaLean by Beth Shaw
Sometimes one dosha is so dominant that it is all we see, like a thin, slight, spacy, vata-predominant person. Alternatively, a person may have one dosha with a dominant influence and another not far behind, such as an intense pitta who also has a lot of physical substance and even stubbornness (kapha). Yet another option is for two doshas to be equally influential, so someone might be intense and erratic. More rarely, some people are a combination of all three doshas equally.
This unique proportion gives each of us an individual nature, one that we can celebrate when we look in the mirror. Seeing a wide range of bodies that are all beautiful and healthy in different shapes, sizes, and patterns reminds us of the essence of YogaFit and why we need to let go of judgment, competition, and expectation.
BODY TYPE QUIZ
Whenever you take a body type quiz, there are a few important points to keep in mind. First, take note of what feels true to you over the long term (not just today, the day you’re taking the quiz).
Second, this is an open book test – it’s okay to ask your trust friends and loved ones for their honest opinion when you’re trying to assess yourself.
Third, have compassion for yourself and see yourself as you are, not who you’d like to be or wish you were. Also, when answering the questions, think about other members of your family as a point of comparison, since every trait is on a continuum.
ACTION ITEM: Try to fit yourself in to some of these categories to start to understand your body type in a new way. Read YogaLean for helpful tips for each dosha.
Excerpted from YogaLean by Beth Shaw. Copyright © 2014 by Beth Shaw. Excerpted by permission of and published in the United States by Ballantine Books, an imprint of The Random House Group, a division of Random House LLC, a Penguin Random House Company, New York.