As self-care has increased in popularity, so has the ancient Indian medicine of Ayurveda. Ayurveda sees each person as a unique being with their own individual needs. This comes from knowing your dosha or constitution, a concept used to describe your physiological and psychological makeup. In many ways, your dosha is like a roadmap to your body and mind. It can help you comprehend your susceptibilities to different illnesses, your strengths and vulnerabilities, the way you interact with others, and how patterns in your life have come to be. And while this can allow for the best guidance as to how you should modify your diet, exercise, and lifestyle, the most profound teaching Ayurveda has to offer is one of self- discovery.
Know Your Dosha, Know Yourself uses Ayurveda and the doshas to encourage self-inquiry and emphasize the importance of self-awareness for living a healthy and fulfilled life. Though there are three different doshas, there are seven different expressions of them, and this book provides a detailed overview of each. In doing so, it focuses on the mental and emotional patterns, such as how one thinks, learns, and responds to stress. The reader will learn how each dosha looks, acts, and feels when they are healthy versus imbalanced, and includes the ways they limit themselves from happiness. Most importantly, it does this in a way that is relatable to the reader, making it easier for them to see their place within the system of Ayurveda.
This book offers perspective into the way mental and emotional characteristics can influence different areas of one’s life. It explores the stages of life and family dynamic, outlining strengths and struggles for each dosha as a child, an adult, and even a parent. It explains why different career paths may be more suitable for specific doshas, and what it means to be or have a boss, employee, or coworker of varying constitutions. And finally, the book takes a deep dive into relationships. This isn’t limited to compatibility of doshas, but rather how each person prefers to give and receive affection, their most effective forms of communication, and what they need from and bring to relationships.
Know Your Dosha, Know Yourself aims not only to educate but to help the reader develop an action plan. Using this knowledge and increased awareness, the book outlines simple steps for self-evolution and ways one can be of greater support to the people around them. After all, self-awareness isn’t only the first step of self-care, it’s also a path of learning about yourself to better know and care for others.