Understanding your Ayurvedic body-mind type, or Understanding the dosha can really help you to determine what type and intensity of exercise will be of most benefit for you and will actually leave you feeling good.
In Ayurveda, there are three different body types or constitutions known as doshas: The kapha dosha, The pitta dosha and The vata dosha which can be defined by particular patterns of behaviour and physical characteristics. If you don't know what your dosha is, Dosha quiz.
Vata types often have thin and delicate body frames and can struggle with energy levels. Both prolonged exercise and short bursts of intensive exercise have the potential to exhaust them.
So, vata types benefit more from strengthening and balancing exercises on a regular basis that will gradually build-up core energy levels.
Exercises such as yoga, pilates or brisk walking are ideal. The vata dosha is also prone to anxiety and can be significantly affected by stress, so vata types should also consider the benefits of practices such as mindfulness and meditation to help keep them focussed and calm.
Exercising or practising in the outdoors can really help all three doshas connect with nature and help combat stress, anxiety and depression.
So, it's also important for all dosha types to consider mental exercise too. Meditative practice and breathing exercises help to calm the mind and improve oxygen supply to the brain. And it's very important to take time out of our busy lifestyles to focus on our mental health.
Turmeric can be helpful in helping the body recover and reduce any built-up inflammation. Turmeric also boosts metabolic rate and increases circulation and heart rate. It’s an excellent alternative to reaching for a conventional painkiller to alleviate muscular tension or pain.
Red ginseng is a powerhouse of energy. An excellent choice for that pre-workout boost. It builds core energy levels through boosting adrenal strength, increases oxygen availability to the muscles supporting recovery and repair and has a mild stimulant effect improving endurance. Try Pukka's Ginseng Matcha Green tea.
Both matcha and green tea boost our metabolic rate and are the perfect option for before, during and after exercise. They also improve cognitive functioning, so can be helpful in keeping us motivated. If you are into more endurance sports such as long-distance walking, then keeping a hot flask of matcha or green tea will help keep you energised and mentally motivated. Try Pukka Lean Matcha Green tea or Turmeric Gold tea.