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Doshas and Friendships

Are your friends a Vata, Pitta or Kapha?

Vatas are fun and spontaneous and always up for an adventure. They can be the class clown. The downside is that they can be flaky, forgetting appointments or showing up late for a date. Vatas make friends easily, but they don’t necessarily keep the same friends for a long time.

Pittas are organized and always have a plan. They know how to make things happen. Pittas can be workaholics, so they make a lot of their friends in the work setting. Pittas are not sentimental, but they can be good friends. They can also be bitter enemies – you don’t want to get on their bad side!

Kaphas are very loyal long-term friends. They love to take care of their friends, and you can always count on them to bring over that chicken soup when you’re under the weather. Kaphas place a lot of value on friendship, and they acknowledge everything you do for them. They are emotional and sentimental, but when out of balance they can be clingy and possessive.

Ayurveda and Relationships – Dosha Descriptions

Part of the beauty of Ayurveda is that it teaches us to love people for who they are, to appreciate them for the qualities that are innately a part of their nature.

So often, we want to try to change people, to “mold” them to fit into our picture of how we think they “should” be with us. But Ayurveda shows us that this is not only pointless, it can be detrimental to a relationship. Instead, what we can do is to change our own perception, change our own way of looking at things. This can be as simple as coming up with new, more positive ways of re-defining for ourselves the traits and habits of the people we love. By doing this, we cast our family members and friends in a much more flattering light, and show that we understand the value and the weight of our words. This is an important part of nurturing our relationships.

Here are some examples to shift your perspective:

FOR VATA
Instead of saying………..You could say
hyper………..energetic
nervous………cautious
weird…………creative
abrupt………spontaneous
wishy-washy….flexible

FOR PITTA
Instead of saying……………You could say
nit-picky………….discerning
a workaholic……..ambitious
relentless………..passionate
blunt……………..honest
a risk-taker……….courageous

FOR KAPHA
Instead of saying……………You could say
apathetic………….mellow
lazy………………..relaxed
clingy………………affectionate
predictable…………dependable
a work-horse………high stamina

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