The importance of food has long been established in the age old saying – “You are what you eat” and in the Ayurvedic proverb “When diet is wrong, medicine is of no use; when diet is correct, medicine is of no need.” If these quotes now seem like cliches, perhaps it's because cliches are often true. While many will have us believe that it is complicated, healthy living is actually simpler than we may think.
Right food (and its proper digestion) through mindful eating is recognised as one of the three pillars of health in Ayurvedic healing. Ayurveda firmly believes in food being central to our existence and recommends a set of principles to be observed for deriving maximum benefits from our plate.
Here we will explore why eating for your dosha is considered so important in Ayurveda and discuss some principles of Ayurvedic eating.
Why Should You Be Eating for Your Dosha?
Have you ever wondered why some people can eat whatever they want and yet never gain weight, whereas others only have to eat a little extra to gain those extra pounds? Ayurveda has the answer, and this knowledge brings great freedom!
In Ayurvedic philosophy, every person has a unique doshic constitution (Prakriti) that determines their body structure, energy needs, metabolism, digestive strength, and reaction to different types of food. Making conscious food choices based on your dosha ensures that you favour only those foods that are better suited to your mind-body type while also avoiding the ones that may cause an imbalance.
Complete our dosha questionnaire to discover and understand your unique mind-body constitution.
How To Choose Food for Your Dosha
The whole concept of Ayurvedic living relies on two basic principles: “like increases like” and “balance can be created with opposites.” When choosing your dosha diet, always go for foods with opposite qualities from that of your dominant dosha and avoid the ones with like qualities. For example, the cool and dry qualities of vata can be balanced by including steamed veggies and creamy foods in your diet, whereas frozen foods and raw vegetables are most likely to create an imbalance.
According to Ayurveda, the rhythms of nature play a huge role in our life and psychology. Even a vata person can experience pitta imbalance in summers; poor food choices can make a pitta person suffer from low digestive flame; smooth kapha skin can feel dry in the autumn season. Therefore, factors like age, season, time of the day, and current imbalances should also be kept in mind when choosing your dosha diet.
Identifying Ayurvedic energetics of food
The food we eat can be categorised based on its taste – a concept that has been given much deeper significance than what the tongue experiences. Six different types of tastes (rasa) are identified: sweet, sour, salty, bitter, pungent, and astringent. Each taste is understood as a combination of two elements, just as is the case with doshas. Naturally, each taste has certain qualities (based on its constituting elements) that will have some positive and some negative influence on each dosha.
Ayurveda recommends eating all six tastes at every meal so that their combined effect can counterbalance the influence of each other, therefore, balancing all the three doshas and aggravating none. While eating all six tastes is imperative, Ayurveda also suggests favouring those tastes that will bring greater balance to your particular constitution.
How To Eat for Your Dosha
Ayurvedic diet is a practice rather than a food chart. It is about following a set of eating principles and establishing a routine that works for you. How to eat and when to eat are just as important as choosing what to eat for your dosha.
Ayurvedic diet for vata dosha
Vata is characterised by cool, dry, irregular, light, moving qualities. Because of its randomness, people of this dosha have an irregular strength of digestive fire. They frequently experience digestive problems, anxiety, restlessness, and mood swings. Try to balance these qualities with warm, moist, oily, heavy (whole grains), and nourishing foods. Relaxation and routine are two key factors for pacifying vata.
Foods to prefer
Choose sweet, sour, and salty foods, and as much as possible, try avoiding bitter, astringent, and pungent tastes.
Warm and moist
Always favour cooked and warm foods over raw and frozen ones. Adding some nourishing oils, such as ghee or avocado butter, is also a great idea for pacifying the light and dry qualities of vata.
Drink ample water throughout the day to promote the absorption and assimilation of nutrients. However, avoid drinking too much water while eating, as it is considered harmful for the digestive flame; rather, sip warm water.
Try to balance the irregularity of vata by bringing routine and discipline to your meals. Eat regular meals at fixed intervals and try to eat at the same time every day.
Warming and relaxing herbs
Try our Surrender Vata Infusion, a soothing herbal tea that has been prepared with grounding and nourishing herbs. It calms the nervous system, promotes relaxation, and helps bring stability in the life of those creative individuals ruled by vata energy.
Ayurvedic diet for pitta dosha
People of pitta prakriti have a fairly strong digestive fire and an excellent metabolism. Their food and water needs are also higher in comparison to people of other doshas. However, this can easily go wrong in hot weather or due to poor food choices. Try to balance the hot, sharp, light qualities of pitta by choosing foods that are cooling, smooth, and nourishing.
Foods to prefer
Pitta dosha types can benefit by choosing sweet, bitter, and astringent tastes and avoiding sharp flavours of pungent, salty, and sour foods.
Choose your spices carefully
Most spices are pungent and hence not recommended for pitta types. Choose spices that are cooling and have astringent properties, such as ginger, basil, coriander, fenugreek, turmeric, or saffron.
Don’t skip your meals
Pitta individuals tend to be irritable when they skip meals. Try to eat consistent meals at regular intervals to avoid this situation. Also, drink plenty of water throughout the day.
Cooling herbs and drinks
Apart from these eating practices, try our Serenity Pitta Infusion of cooling and astringent herbs. It has been specially formulated to bring back balance in the life of those highly motivated and focused individuals of pitta dosha, so they can go after happiness in good health, inside and out.
Ayurvedic diet for Kapha dosha
Kapha-dominated individuals naturally have a low digestive flame due to more water and earth elements in their system. They also have a sluggish metabolism, and their food requirement is generally less as compared to people of other doshas. Try to balance the moist, cool, heavy, oily, stable qualities of kapha by choosing foods that are light, dry, warm, and stimulating.
Foods to prefer
Choose bitter, astringent, and pungent flavours, and try to avoid foods of sweet, salty, sour tastes.
Eat light and warm
Include lots of vegetables (preferably cooked) and fresh fruits in your diet. Frozen and processed foods are considered extremely harmful for kapha. Also, avoid eating too much in one sitting; rather, eat smaller meals at regular intervals.
Most spices are beneficial for kapha dosha. Spices like black pepper, rosemary, nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon, turmeric, chillies, cumin, garlic, marjoram, thyme are considered particularly useful because of their stimulating and cleansing properties.
Try our Spirited Kapha Infusion, a herbal tea preparation made with some of the most empowering and revitalising herbs on the planet. It has been specially formulated to inspire those individuals to make use of the extraordinary physical and mental stamina that they are naturally blessed with!
Jyotish Shastra (Vedic astrology) is an ancient Indian philosophical tradition that studies the movement of stars and their influence on human life. Jyotish literally translates from Sanskrit as “the science of light.” Light, in this context, refers to the light radiation coming from stars and planets.
While both Western & Vedic astrology have their merits, and in some respects are very similar, the Vedic system is thought to be a more refined system. Though the interpretation of planetary movements is generally similar in both systems, Vedic astrology offers an exceptionally sophisticated calculation process that results in nuanced detail. Vedic astrology also takes an interdisciplinary approach by drawing from the sister science of Ayurveda and therefore offers a more rounded approach.
So, what is Vedic astrology, and what makes it different from western astrology? Let’s dive deeper.
Vedic Astrology and Ayurveda
Jyotish is a sister science of Ayurveda, originating from the same great tree of Vedic knowledge. However, the relationship between both these sciences is not only historical; they also share some fundamental concepts. Just like Ayurveda, Vedic astrology is based on the understanding that the human body is made up of five elements. The 12 zodiac signs of Vedic astrology are also classified based on their ruling element, and the qualities of these elements are reflected in the individual personality traits of these zodiac signs. For example, fire is a predominant element of Aries and Leo signs, and this is reflected in the fiery temperament of these individuals.
Vedic astrology is interconnected with Ayurveda in countless ways; a deep understanding of one complements the other in every way.
Vedic Astrology: 12 Zodiac Signs and Personality Traits
Each zodiac sign has some qualities that determine various aspects of an individual’s personality, such as temperament, relationships, emotional tendencies, and vulnerabilities.
If you are new to this concept, read our introductory journal post on What is Vedic Astrology.
Aries / Mesha (April 13 – May 14)
Ariens are highly motivated, ambitious, and goal-oriented individuals. In relationships, they are very passionate and expressive of their intense emotions. The innate warmth of the fire element makes them very compassionate, open-hearted, courageous, and confident. However, their sharp tongue can mean they may easily offend, without meaning to. Since they are ruled more by emotions than rationality, they also tend to be impulsive and adamant.
Taurus / Vrishabha (May 15 – June 14)
Taurus sign is ruled by the earth element, and this is reflected in the grounded personality of those born under this sign. Their dependable, patient, understanding, and loyal nature makes them a comforting presence for those in their friends and family circle. Taurus individuals possess very strong willpower and display a great degree of perseverance, even in adversities. Though they have an analytical mind and excellent decision-making capabilities, they are somewhat resistant to change and like to remain within their comfort zone. Taurians value stability and ease in life and, hence, make slow but steady progress.
Gemini / Mithun (June 15 – July 14)
Gemini individuals are very creative, fun-loving, and possess a sharp intellect. They are excellent communicators and find it easy to make an interesting and varied friendship group. Being ruled by the air element, Geminis possess the versatility and adaptability to fit into any situation. However, this can also make them seem unpredictable, as this can be viewed as lacking in conviction. Geminis tend to suffer from frequent mood swings, and this can make them move frequently from one thing to the next, in the hope of feeling better.
Cancer / Karka (July 15 – August 14)
Cancer is ruled by the water element, and these individuals carry the same nurturing, caring qualities of water. They are passionate, sensitive, loving, forgiving, and wonderfully intuitive. In their relationships, Cancerians are straightforward, transparent, and clear. They value connections and are left deeply devoted to their loved ones. The converse is a resistance to change and pushing beyond their comfort level. This can lead to holding onto outworn ideas, people, and situations, which can lead to physical and emotional burdens that are best released.
Leo / Simha (August 15 – September 15)
Leos are fiercely independent, courageous, confident, and domineering personalities. Their strong personality can make them insensitive to the feelings of others, yet being ruled by the luminous fire element makes them magnetic to all those they meet. However, they tend to be a bit inflexible to opinions that are different from their own.
Virgo / Kanya (September 16 – October 15)
Outwardly introverted, Virgos appreciate small things done well. Highly observant, self-aware, intellectual, and thoughtful, they possess the same sensibility and groundedness of their ruling earth element. Their need for perfectionism can make them critical of themselves and others, and this can take the joy out of living.
Libra / Tula (October 16 – November 14)
Libra individuals are very resourceful in their mental and intellectual capabilities, reflecting the attributes of the air element. They value balance and justice in life and have a level-headed nature. This balanced nature can make them a little too realistic, which can manifest as pessimism, even when life is good.
Scorpio / Vrishchika (November 15 – December 14)
Scorpio is a sign of the water element, and the spreading nature of water is reflected in the extreme emotions of these people. They are loving, fair, honest, and truthful but also secretive. Because of their short temper, they may frequently offend others. Scorpions can forgive but may not forget those who wrong them or their loved ones.
Sagittarius / Dhanus (December 15 – January 13)
Sagittarius individuals have a healthy attitude towards life. They are fun-loving, candid adventurers who like to explore. Sagittarians are honest, respectful, creative, and possess strong leadership tendencies. In their actions, they can be reckless as they have a tendency to act without much forethought.
Capricorn / Makara (January 14 – February 11)
Capricorn individuals are calm, composed, hard-working, dependable, goal-oriented, with a practical outlook. Work comes foremost in the life of a Capricorn, and they are known to maintain a high degree of professional ethics. Belonging to the earth element, they naturally seek stability and security in life. This makes them content with life’s simple pleasures but can equally make them procrastinate and slow to change outworn habits and ideas.
Aquarius / Kumbha (February 12 – March 12)
Aquarians are confident, quick-witted, creative thinkers, and excellent communicators. Those born under this sign have a strong rebellious streak and value their freedom. Their charm and verve can draw many friendships, but these can be short-lived. Because of their ruling air element, they frequently seek new things in life.
Pisces / Meena (March 13 – April 12)
Pisces is a sign of the water element, and individuals of this sign carry the same versatile, adaptive nature of water. Some attributes of all other signs can be seen in them. They adapt to situations and can be sensible as well as intolerant, loving as well as dominating, courageous as well as timid, loyal as well as dishonest – it all depends on the situation at hand. Though they are generally less motivated for laborious tasks, they can be breathtakingly hard-working if they have their heart set on something.
Difference between Vedic and western astrology
Though both Vedic and Western astrology systems have 12 zodiac signs, they differ in their understanding of the position of constellations.
Vedic astrology is based on the sidereal zodiac – a system in which positions of planets are calculated based on where they are actually observed in the sky in respect of constellations. Western astrology, on the other hand, uses the tropical (fixed) zodiac. This system relies on four seasons that represent the Sun’s movement, equinoxes, solstices, as well as the tilt of Earth on its axis.
About 2,000 years ago, tropical and sidereal signs were in the same position. However, due to a phenomenon called the precession of equinoxes, tropical signs are drifting westward at a rate of one degree every 72 years. At present, western astrology’s Aries is about 24 degrees away from Vedic astrology’s Aries. As a result, these two systems have slightly different zodiac dates.
Given that Vedic astrology is based on the laws of nature, some favour this as a more reliable and accurate method of prediction. While both Vedic and Western astrology have their merits, and to a large extent do overlap, many people now choose to move between them to further cement their findings.
A typical weekday starts at 6.15-6.30am. Aside from brushing my teeth, I’ll tongue scrape remove toxins and oil pull to strengthen gums and release jaw tension. After, I head to the kitchen for hot water with a squeeze of fresh lemon; I’ll take this up to the top floor of my home, where I’ll do some deep breathing exercises, go through a mental gratitude list, read an uplifting passage from Vedic scriptures, settle for meditation and follow with a 20 minute yoga practice. Then comes a little head massage using our Kansa Comb and Grow Strong Hair Oil to encourage blood flow to the scalp, resulting in a calmer mind and stronger new roots. Once showered, I’ll give myself a light full body Abhyanga massage using our Serenity Oil in the summer and if time is short, I’ll on the belly, arms, feet and ears, but I’ll gladly sleep earlier to then wake earlier as this ritual sets my day up to be productive and positive.
KEEP BALANCED THROUGH THE WORK WEEK
Immune resilience should ideally come from eating right, getting enough fresh air, exercise and keeping the mind steady, but we all need a little support from time to time. When we feel depleted and a little low, as many people do now, we are more prone to hold onto physical and emotional toxins. My suggestion is to dip in and out of our herbal superfoods and as and when needed and as with all things in life, I favour the 80/20 rule. You don’t have to be a saint, but eat seasonal, local and organic most of the time and then occasionally indulge in a little treat. And remember to eat mindfully and to really enjoy. There is no point in eating that chocolate cake if you’re going to mindlessly swallow it while watching TV. Savour this day and rely on our supplements from time to time. I take a 45-minute break each day to walk my dog Star and listen to a podcast - often in the late afternoon when I need to get outside and the sun is not quite as intense. If you find yourself having an afternoon slump, now is the time to take a walk and be with nature – it will comfort and bring joy. I try to keep Fridays as a zero meeting and call day, so I can get my head down and tie up loose ends and plan for the week ahead. I'll then close the working day with exercise, be it a reformer Pilates session, or an online yoga class. If you haven't already tried the free yoga classes on our IGTV, then make sure you do. Grab our ‘at home yoga’ kit and settle into stillness.
EARLY EVENING RITUALS
I take baths all year round, as I find it a meditative and cleansing experience. Bathing in our award-winning Himalayan Healing Salts helps replenish lost minerals and gently soothes the skin. Read about the benefits over at our ‘The Ultimate Guide to Himalayan Salts’ here. Next, I move to gentle self-massage. When stress weights us down it can often manifest as puffy, dull, dehydrated skin. Firstly, massage the body using one of our ‘dosha balancing’ blends. Work inwards towards the heart. With body hydrated, we move to the facial routine. Our hand hand-crafted Anti-Ageing Skin Massage Tool works beautifully with our Supreme Skin Serum to release tension and leave skin looking sculpted, rehydrated and glowing with vitality.
Meditation and gratitude journaling are the bookends to my days, so I'll always end the day listing all I am grateful for. These rituals are so simple, so intuitive and created to bring us back to our true nature. At most challenging times of my life I paid little attention to my physical and emotional wellbeing. I wanted to be there for those around me but was falling apart. What I realised is that the authentic way to give to others is to first give to ourselves. This body that houses our eternal soul is so very precious. That means being kind to yourself, using the purest products and eating organic food, surrounding yourself with people and things that lift you higher, and only subscribing to digital apps that do the same.
Have you ever wondered why your astrological sign does not feel true to your nature? It may well be that Vedic Astrology is more aligned with your elemental make-up. While Vedic astrology still has 12 signs and is very similar to Western astrology, the dates are slightly different.. We’ll be sharing the Vedic astrology dates with you on our Instagram and hope it helps you to go deeper into understanding the energies that govern your mind, body type.
Vedic astrology is made up of 27 constellations, 12 zodiac signs, 9 planets and 12 houses, with each representing an aspect of the human life form. An understanding of this profound system leads to a greater understanding of the way in which we interact with friends, family and life partners and with that comes compassion and ease. Ayurveda’s sister science, Joytish (Vedic Astrology) offers a broad range of remedial treatments including the use of colors, gems, rituals, and mantras. Joytish-Chititsa translates to God’s light and we are a part of that same divine spark. Joytish is not so much about fortune telling, as much as understanding our constitution and times when we are more likely to experience imbalances and when we are more able to shine.
Which Zodiac Sign are you? The Vedic calender is below:
- Aries: Mesha (April 13–May 14)
- Taurus: Vrishaba (May 15–June 14)
- Gemini: Mithuna (June 15–July 14)
- Cancer: Karkata (July 15–August 14)
- Leo: Simha (August 15–September 15)
- Virgo: Kanya (September 16–October 15)
- Libra: Tula (October 16–November 14)
- Scorpio: Vrishchika (November 15–December 14)
- Sagittarius: Dhanus (December 15–January 13)
- Capricorn: Makara (January 14–February 11)
- Aquarius: Kumbha (February 12–March 12)
- Pisces: Meena (March 13–April 12)
Marma point therapy is an ancient form of massage that's gentle in touch and deep in healing. Working on the bodies subtlest energies, marma point massage is a little like acupressure and supports the release of blocked energy (prana), so physical and emotional toxins can pass freely through the body.
What Are Marma Points?
Marma points are precise anatomical junctions within the body where two or more tissues meet. There are 107 major marma points (or 108 if you count the skin) and these sensitive, hidden energy pathways lay between the subtle and physical body.
In Ayurveda it is known that every cell in body has a memory and these get stored, creating blockages, stopping prana (life force energy) from freely flowing through the matrix of the body. Stimulation of the marma points and moving this stagnant energy is said to affect everything from hormone production to the health of the vital organs.
Marma points are located over the lymph nodes, joints and chakra and when they become blocked, can cause toxins, stress and negative emotions to manifest in physical symptoms such as pain, inflammation and premature ageing.
How Marma Point Massage Works
Marma point therapy is the practice of stimulating and activating hidden energy points located over the lymph nodes, joints and chakras. Gently touching marma points is like switching a lightbulb on. The energy is there and now you’ve tapped in; and just like a dimmer, you can increase the flow or reduce it.
There are 37 marma points above the neck connected to various parts of the body and sensory organs of sight, sound, smell, taste and touch. When massaging the scalp, not only do you release physical and emotional stress, allowing for better hair growth, you indirectly work on a myriad of other body parts, with the understanding that the body and mind are a beautiful, interconnected web.
Marma point massage offers a liberating and simple, self-healing method, steeped in ancient wisdom. Introduce marma point therapy into your dinacharya (daily routine) practice and become your own best healer from the comfort of your home.
In lockdown, we might not feel ourselves because our lives have been put on hold. Spending a lot of time at home, we might have picked up some bad habits. Our diets might not be as good as they should be. It is time to take control of your health again by balancing your dosha. Dosha promotes the value of balance and how we need to keep things in proportion to achieve a healthy lifestyle. We understand that everybody is different, and so are our bodies. Doshas can be broken down into three concepts: Vata Dosha, Pitta Dosha and Kapha Dosha. If you can achieve a harmonious balance between all three Doshas, you will be able to feel more balanced and experience better health.
How to achieve a balanced Vata Dosha?
The nature of Vata Dosha is characterised by the movement of energy, which is often associated with the wind. People who identify themselves with Vata Dosha usually have a creative, flexible and free-flowing spirit. If you are Vata Dosha dominant, you might experience issues with being underweight, dry skin and experience racing thoughts. If you have an unbalance with your Vata Dosha, you might be prone to anxiety, stress and digestive issues. To relieve these issues, it's important that you practice good morning and night routines. It might be a good idea to practice some basic grounding meditation as well. Diet is important in achieving a balanced Vata Dosha and eating more root vegetables can help towards this. At Mauli we recommend a supplement, such as our Brain & Beauty Plant Alchemy. This organic adaptogenic blend is used for people experiencing Vata Dosha imbalance. It’s cleansing combination helps aid a healthy digestive system, sharpened concertation and restore skin radiance.
Our Vata blend includes tri-herbal triphala, rejuvenating tulsi, balancing brahmi, blood-sugar stabilising cinnamon and detoxifying fennel. An organic adaptogenic blend for the creative multi-tasker.
How to achieve a balanced Pitta Dosha?
The nature of Pitta Dosha is characterised by chemical transformations, which is often associated with fire. People who identify themselves with Pitta Dosha usually are focused, intelligent and intense. If you are Pitta Dosha dominant, you might experience issues with heat circulation, skin rashes and acne prone skin. If you have an unbalance with your Vata Dosha, you might be prone to anger, overexertion and burnout issues. To relieve these issues, it's important that you practice cooling exercises like having cold showers and walking besides a body of water like a river. It might be a good idea to practice some basic meditation, massage and gardening as well. Diet is important in achieving a balanced Vata Dosha and eating more fresh fruit and vegetables can help towards this. Why not try our Transform & Transcend Plant Alchemy. This Ayurvedic blend is used for people experiencing Vata Pitta imbalance. It’s antioxidant rich combination helps reduce stress and opens you up to love.
Our Pitta blend is formulated with antioxidant rich amla, heart-healthy arjuna, strengthening shatavari and a touch of soothing sandalwood and liquorice; our stress-reducing blend opens the heart to compassion for self and others.
How to achieve a balanced Kapha Dosha?
The nature of Kapha Dosha is characterised by a stabilising energy, which is often associated with the earth and water. People who identify themselves with Kapha Dosha usually have a calm, grounded and forgiving attitude. If you are Kapha Dosha dominant, you might experience issues with being overweight, fluid retention and joint pain. If you have an unbalance with your Kapha Dosha, you might be prone to fatigue, low energy and lack of motivation. To relieve these issues, it's important that you practice mental stimulation, plenty of exercise and mindful activities such as meditation. Diet is important in achieving a balanced Kapha Dosha by avoiding oily foods and dense carbs. It’s also important to eat more fruit and vegetables. Discover our Strength & Spirit Plant Alchemy, which is used for people experiencing Kapha Dosha imbalance. It’s soothing combination helps strengthen immunity, stabilise blood sugar levels and uplift senses.
Our Kapha blend includes fortifying ashwagandha, antioxidant-rich turmeric, detoxifying manjishtha, digestion soothing nagarmotha and nutrient-dense moringa. Perfect for uplifting your spirit.