Everyone will respond a bit different under different circumstances and that includes the challenge we are all facing now.
A reason we all may react different may be related to the amounts of each element we have within us.
More air and ether means we have more Vata Dosha.
More fire and water means more Pitta Dosha.
More water and earth means we are more Kapha Dosha.
And the combinations of these 5 elements, which every living thing has in order to be alive, varies within us and thus the qualities of these elements will show what our unique tendencies may be during these types of challenges.
Vata dosha is a combination of air and ether. So a situation where we are quarantined may lead vatas to be a bit more scattered and anxious. Air and ether have the quality of 'motion' to them. So vatas like to go on adventures. They are creative and have lots of ideas. That is one way to see the air quality of 'movement'. Air moves things.
So vatas need to really focus on routine. Scattered-ness and anxiety can be counteracted with routine and grounding. Plus too much air can cause dryness and air is also inherently cold, so be sure to keep your digestion strong by eating warm foods, adding spices and drinking warm beverages like tea and warm water.
Pitta Dosha is a combination of fire and water. During a quarantine challenge, Pittas may feel like they have all this time now so they really need to 'get it all done'. They'll make tons of lists and strike off each To Do with a feeling of accomplishment until they are burnt out. They may also feel some anger surface during challenging times.
Instead, during this time, pittas could allow themselves a bit more freedom to just BE. Pitta dosha needs to bring more balance of being and doing into their day, especially now.
Kapha Dosha is a combination of water and earth. During a time like a quarantine, kaphas can become depressed and unmotivated. They may want to sleep in and stay cozy under blankets and with pillows and watch a bunch of TV.
Everyone needs to stay active during challenging times but kaphas need this more than ever. The heavy qualities of water and earth can bring on those heavy emotions like depression and sluggish and lethargic feelings which can also bring about weight gain for kaphas.
Do you see yourself in any of these doshas?
If you'd like to discover your unique combination of the 5 elements, called your Prakriti or dosha combination, check out my dosha quiz and guide here.
Sending lots of warm wishes your way.
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