Which Hindu Goddess Are You Based on Your Ayurvedic Dosha?
Yoga originates from the Vedas, ancient Sanskrit texts based on how to live your life for optimal wellbeing. This includes everything from how to maintain proper health to how to connect to various aspects of your personality.
The Vedas are a spiritual science, combining the physical with the metaphysical, the seen with the unseen.
Two archetypal systems I have studied deeply in the Vedic sciences are Ayurveda, the system based on health and wellness, and the Hindu Goddesses.
If you want to learn more about Ayurveda, read Everything You Need to Know About Ayurveda
Hindu goddesses represent various elements of the Shakti, or feminine energy.
An archetype is a symbolic characteristic that recurs across many individuals. Ayurveda has three archetypes, called the doshas: Vata (air), Pitta (fire), and Kapha (earth). Vatas are imaginative, quick-moving, and restless. Pittas are sharp, fierce, and competitive. Kaphas are calm, collected, and a bit lazy. (You can find out which dosha you are with my quiz here.)
Hinduism offers hundreds of archetypes in the forms of gods and goddesses. The Hindu goddesses represent various elements of the Shakti, or feminine energy. A female is not just a female – there are many archetypes living within us: the creative artist, the powerful warrior, the nurturing mother.
Through studying both Ayurveda and the iconic Hindu goddesses, I’ve noticed similarities between the two philosophies. I have found that each of the doshas relates to a particular Hindu goddess and, most importantly, to a different part of ourselves.
Meet the Hindu Goddesses
Ready to learn about the way the Hindu goddesses connect to the Ayurvedic doshas? Let’s compare the three doshas to three different Hindu goddesses so you can see which most relates to you.
1. Vata Dosha = Hindu Goddess Saraswati
Saraswati is a goddess very near and dear to my heart – in fact, my clothing line (Saraswati Couture) is named after her. The clothes are made out of recycled sari material by victims of sexual trafficking in India. She also relates to my most prominent dosha: Vata.
Saraswati is the goddess of creativity, knowledge, arts, music, literacy, and education. She is always seen playing the sitar with books around her.
Similarly, Vata types are highly creative, artistic, intellectual, and airy. Although, sometimes, they can begin too many projects that they are never able to complete. They have strong imaginations and bring beauty into everything they do – from a painting to a blog post.
If you are a big idea person with a natural draw toward acquiring knowledge and self-expression, then Saraswati is your Hindu goddess and Vata is your dosha.
2. Pitta Dosha = Hindu Goddess Durga
Pitta is the fire dosha, in charge of all transformation in the body: digestion, metabolism, and nutrient assimilation. In the mind, Pittas are ambitious, goal-oriented, driven, and sometimes a bit competitive and impatient.
Similarly, Durga is the powerful warrior goddess who protects those around her. She is always seen with a tiger and bow and arrow in hand, illustrating her power. Both Pitta and Durga take control and are naturally strong leaders. They use their power for good and are protectors of others.
If you are a sharp go-getter who loves to lead and achieve, then Pitta is your dosha and Durga is your Hindu goddess.
3. Kapha Dosha = Hindu Goddess Lakshmi
Kapha is the earth dosha: calm, cool, and collected. It has a very grounded energy and is in charge of stability and structure in the body. Similarly, the goddess Lakshmi is the sustainer of life and prosperity. Lakshmi is depicted as soft and curvy with a round face and big, warm eyes.
Kaphas have similar figures, with soft skin and a natural tendency to put on weight easily. Both Kapha and Lakshmi are motherly givers who care for the wellbeing of others – sometimes before themselves. Lakshmi is often found with an elephant: Kapha’s spirit animal.
If you are an earthy mama with a loving demeanor and chill vibe, then you are connected to the Hindu goddess Lakshmi and the Kapha dosha.
Which Hindu Goddess Are You?
So now I would love to know:
- Which Dosha/Hindu goddess do you connect to most?
- Which one is your mom?
- How about your best friend?
Share this article with them to discover their Ayurvedic dosha and goddess archetype!
To bring out different goddess elements in yourself:
- Practice more art and creative endeavors to bring up your Saraswati/Vata
- Do more warrior poses and strength-building exercises to bring out your Durga/Pitta
- Connect to nature and ground down your energy to connect to your Laksmi/Kapha Dosha
Remember – we are all three goddesses and doshas in varying amounts. If there is one you feel you are missing, try to bring it out!
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