The Tridosha Theory of Ayurveda


In this four-part series, Kathryn Templeton introduces the intriguing Tridosha Theory of Ayurveda in a clear, accessible way. Tridosha refers to the three doshas, which are a combination of the pure elements becoming manifest in the physical world: kapha [earth + water], pitta [fire + water], and vata [air + ether]. These three doshas are a reflection of prakriti (primordial nature).

Learn how these three doshas work together in each of us to manifest our basic nature, determine our physical constitution, and define our dharma in this life. Using examples in nature to illustrate how the doshas can be seen in both the outer world and in our own body, Kathryn’s lively talks offer simple ways of understanding this complex science. Find out how we can use the qualities of the different doshas to our benefit during their peak times, dominant season, and the differing stages of life to enhance our health, our meditation, and our creativity.

4-Part Series

What Is a Dosha?

There are three doshas at work in every human being: kapha , pitta , and vata . How these three doshas work together in each of us is a manifestation of our basic nature and...

Tridosha: Kapha

What are the qualities of the kapha dosha? How do these qualities manifest in each of us? Kathryn Templeton explains how kapha (earth + water) is a key component of The Tridosha Theory of Ayurveda....

Tridosha: Pitta

Pitta is that which burns, a combination of fire and water that creates an even, efficient heat. In this video, Kathryn Templeton explains why this is an exciting idea in ayurveda and how it affects...

Tridosha: Vata

What are the characteristics of vata dosha, and can we channel them in a purposeful way to support ourselves? Kathryn Templeton describes how vata, “that which moves,” manifests in nature and in our own body...