What Does Your Dosha Reveal About Your Personality?

What Does Your Dosha Reveal About Your Personality?


According to Ayurveda, the traditional Hindu system of medicine, there are three personality types, or doshas: Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. By understanding what dosha you have, you can gain great insight into your personality and lifestyle habits. Some may know doshas as “mind-body types,” but whatever you’d like to call it, the three doshas represent the five elements – Earth, wind, water, fire, and space (ether). Ayurveda aims to achieve health, longevity, and enlightenment through learning about our body and personality types, and making lifestyle choices around them.

Ayurveda has been around for 5-6,000 years, and is very much still in practice in India and other places in the Eastern world. By learning your dosha, you can gain knowledge about which foods to eat, what exercises you should do (read which exercise is best for your dosha here), and what your general temperament is. In order to keep your energy in balance, it’s very important to form your lifestyle choices around the dosha that constitutes you. To find out your dosha type first, you can do so here.

Without further ado, let’s get into the characteristics that comprise each dosha, and what that means for you.

What does your dosha reveal about your personality?


The Vata dosha governs all movement, including breathing, your heartbeat, and all bodily functions. The Vata dosha forms when prana, or the breath of life, mixes with the elements air and space (ether). When Vatas stay in balance, they possess creativity, adaptability, vitality, and eloquence. If they become imbalanced, fear and anxiety can easily take over. Vatas need constant movement in order to stay in balance; they are quick on their feet and love to test their limits. Vata types tend to be slender and tall in order to accommodate their need for speed.

They love warm climates, and feel very uncomfortable in the cold. Vata personalities have high energy, but it only lasts for a short while. They tend to overexert themselves and get tired quite easily. Vata types have racing minds because of their tendency to live life in the fast lane, and they don’t normally have a good indication as to when they should slow down. Vata types are very impulsive and spontaneous, but they don’t respond to stress very well.


This represents the elements fire and water. Pitta controls metabolism, body temperature, nutrition, and digestion. These types usually have great digestive systems and an inclination toward athleticism. They have a quick wit and sharp mind when in balance. But when imbalanced, they can get skin rashes and have a bad temper. Pitta types have great self-confidence, physique, and intelligence. They have great focus to accomplish their goals and make wonderful entrepreneurs. They don’t hold their tongue. In fact, their assertiveness gets them far in life. They make exceptional leaders and managers. But when imbalanced, they can seem a bit overbearing and demanding.

They do everything in life to the extreme, and give 150% in all they do. They can seem a bit rigid. But their concentration and willpower allows them to achieve goals that they otherwise couldn’t. Pitta doshas love to show off their talents and have a naturally competitive disposition. When imbalanced, Pitta doshas are prone to skin rashes, acne, stomach acid, and insomnia.

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