How your Dosha can help you Keep your New Years Resolution.

For a lot of people New Years resolutions can be an eye opener as to what they are striving for, and can be a good kick in the pants fMP900309664or Kaphas to get motivated. 

One of the top 3 things people put as a new years resolution is weight loss so I am going to use this as the example for how each Dosha can use the recommendations I have listed below.

Vatas can have a lot of resistance to repetition and making things a habit due to their air and ether qualities.

Make your resolution stick:

1.Make a plan of action and break it down into 30 steps or more.

2.Place one step, directly into each day in your calendar.

3.Give yourself options of ways you can reach your goal exmp. different choices of exercise, an assortment of healthy foods you enjoy eating to choose from.  Or even the option of eating healthy or exercising.

Pittas can tend towards anger, burning themselves out from overworking themselves, and have an all or nothing type of attitude because of their fiery nature.

Make your resolution stick:

1.Make a plan of action. Now lessen the end result a notch or break it up into a plan that may go the entire year.

2.Only strive to reach the goal at the time you have written down to achieve it, you do not need to rush this and accomplish a 3 month goal in 1 month.

3.Remember you are the only one doing this resolution.  There is no need to try to convince anyone else they should be doing this with you, and there should be no blaming of others if something doesn’t go according to plan.

Kaphas can tend towards resistance of the new, sluggishness and lack of motivation due to the water and earth qualities.  But once Kaphas are motivated they can have the longest endurance, physically and mentally.

Make your resolution stick:

1.Find a fitness partner to help you stay motivated and committed.

2.Kaphas tend to stick to plans that help others, especially family and friends.  (Train for an event that supports an organization or issue that you feel strongly about.)

3.Don’t strip yourself of comfort, you can still relax and enjoy your favorite home cooked dinner after working out.

What is your new years resolution?  Did one of these tips stick with you?  Let me know in the comments below.

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Do Your Doshas Change

I often have new clients who move to the area and say, “When I moved, I felt like certain Doshas increased and others decreased.  Is that possible?

The simple answer is yes.

Determining your Dosha is broken down into two categories.

Vikruti (your imbalance) are easily changed by *different life factors, based on symptoms of your mind and digestion.

Prakruti (physical characteristics) are hard to change and would usually involve: illness, injury or plastic surgery which includes braces to change.

* Common Factors that Influence  your Doshas to Change:

The seasons- in the summer you find yourself tending to be more Pitta.IMG_2775

Time of Day- in the evening after the sun goes down, you may feel cold and less hungry, which are signs of Vata imbalance.

Food you eat- the food you eat can increase or decrease a Dosha quite rapidly.  For example if you eat spicy food you may feel more Pitta and if you eat dairy alot you may tend toward Kapha.

Where you live- A person with a lot of  Pitta (fire and water) moving to Colorado (Fire and Air) may see an increase in anger and increased digestive fire. To find out more about how where you live affects your health click here.

Your stage in life- Children have an overall tendency towards Kapha imbalance, 14-40 have a greater tendancy towards Pitta imbalance, and those over the age of 50 have a tendancy towards Vata.MP900216125

While these can increase your dosha, these factors may also bring a dosha into balance, and are taken into consideration when placing an estimate on how long it will take someone to find health.

Which of these factors affects you the most and what do you do about it?  Let me know in the comments below.