Ayurveda – Doshas

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Lesson Overview

In this lesson, we introduce Ayurveda’s perspective on doshas, the vital energies that make up the cosmos.


Be familiar with Ayurveda’s perspective on doshas and how to use this knowledge to identify and correct imbalances that can lead to illness in body, mind or spirit.


Describe the primary principle of Ayurveda as it relates to individuals. Provide an overview of the three vital energies or “doshas” of Ayurveda. Explain how doshas relate to prakriti.  Explain the goal of Ayurveda treatment and the fundamental factors regarding individualizing treatments and practices. What elements and characteristics are associated with vata? With pitta? With kapha? Provide examples of yogic tools to balance each dosha. Explain how doshas may be said to relate to the stages of practicing an asana.

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