Vata, Pitta, Kapha: The Ayurvedic doshas are part of our vocabulary usually thought of as yet another label we can put on our personalities, body types, and diets. “I’m so vata,” you might hear from your friend who can’t keep a lunch date or constantly misplaces the sunglasses on top of her head; meanwhile your fiery pitta boss might seem to get a free card for flying off the handle over a typo. Understanding our tendencies, strengths, and areas to improve through the lens of your primary dosha can be extremely helpful, but limiting yourself to just one constitution is not only a misinterpretation of the entire tradition, but it also doesn’t make room for the dazzling cosmos of physical, emotional, and psychological nuances within all of us. In fact, “dosha” means “change”—our constitution is to change, which means there’s no one way for us to feel well all the time.
There’s no better place for women examine our evolving self-care then in our menstrual cycles, which like each of us tend to have their own characteristics and tendencies.
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