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The Doshas and their attributes

Ayurveda posits that there are 5 master elements that make up everything in existence both internally and externally. Space, Air, Fire, Water, and Earth. Space has to be there for anything to exist, air has the qualities of movement and change, fire represents heat - direct and transformational, water is cohesive and protective and earth is solid, grounded and stable.  From these 5 elements, we come to 3 primary patterns or biological forces that exist within us known as doshas. Vata (space + air), Pitta (fire + water), Kapha (water + earth). Each of these doshas have their own characteristics and each and every one of us has these elements within us in varying proportions. Understanding how these elements manifest within...

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