How Can Your Body Type Help You Find Balance?

According to this ancient Indian tradition, there are many ways.

Before we get into the different body types, let's get to know the basics of Ayurveda. This Indian practice dating back thousands of years emphasizes the connection between the mind and the body, and focuses on the science of life (quite literally: in Sanskrit, ayur means life and veda means science or knowledge). The two main underlying beliefs are that nothing can heal the human body more powerfully than the mind, and that the two are inextricably linked. Meditation is an example of an Ayurvedic technique for balancing them out—so you may be more familiar with the practice than you think!

So, Who Are You Then?

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This body type (also known as an ectomorph) is tall and thin but lacks muscle tone. At their most emotionally balanced (supported by eating grounding foods such as root vegetables), Vatas are creative and energetic. When unbalanced (caused in part by a diet high in dried fruit and raw vegetables), they can be spacey and anxious.

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This body type (also known as a mesomorph) is able to gain and lose weight easily. At their most emotionally balanced (supported by eating cooling foods such as cucumbers and grapes), Pittas are focused and determined. When unbalanced (caused by a diet high in pickled and spicy foods), they can be short-tempered and aggressive.

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This body type (also known as an endomorph) is on the heavier side. At their most emotionally balanced (supported by eating light foods such as raw vegetables), Kaphas are patient and steady. When unbalanced (caused by eating oily foods and dairy products), they can be stubborn.

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