The Seven Ways of Ayurveda

Discover Your Dosha, Tap Into Your Strengths—and Thrive in Work, Love, and Life

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Pub Date 24 May 2022 | Archive Date 07 Jun 2022

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A guide to the Ayurvedic personality types, or doshas, with psychology-based advice on cultivating balance, from the author of The Ayurvedic Self-Care Handbook

At the core of Ayurveda is an understanding that we are all made of the same materials—the five elements of ether (space), air, fire, water, and earth—and how you look, think, and feel can be traced back to your unique proportion of these elements at any given time.

This is your dosha, the true essence of who you are.

Knowing your dosha is the key to deeper self-knowledge, easier relationships, and a happier future. In The Seven Ways of Ayurveda, you’ll discover which type fits you best.

Vata: creator, multitasker, artist

Pitta: perfectionist, challenger, leader

Kapha: peacemaker, nurturer, lover

Vata-Pitta: performer, innovator, first responder

Pitta-Kapha: guardian, moralist, observer

Vata-Kapha: dreamer, supporter, conversationalist

Tri-Dosha: proficient in all trades, well-rounded

Then, you’ll identify your innate strengths (and their “shadow sides”); whether you’re out of balance (and what to do); how your unique type approaches work, love, travel, and more; and how to forge true, mutual understanding with friends and loved ones whose doshas may differ. When you know yourself better, you can take better care of yourself—and others, too.

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This is a must-have resource to help one improve their health, resilience, and live a more full and happy life. It is full of great strategies, advice, and easy to implement ideas. This is one I'll return to again and again. Many thanks to the author, publisher, and NetGalley for the advanced copy of the book.

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This book is a nice introduction to Ayurveda. It helps the reader identify which dosha or combination of doshas makes up their personality. Your dosha is a combination of elements that is the essence of your true self. Once you determine your dosha, there is lots of useful information in regards to how to use those strengths in work, love, and life. The author states at the beginning of the book that this is only a cursory examination of Ayurveda. There is so much information in this book about the different combinations of doshas and how they relate to life. It was almost too much information. Once I identified my dosha, I read only the parts of the book related to it. I guess the next step would be to find a book about that dosha and go from there.

This book is recommended for anyone with little or no knowledge of Ayurveda. This introductory book is easy to understand and will help the reader discover their dosha or doshas. It was easy for me to identify my dosha with this book and I look forward to further reading on the subject. Thank you to NetGalley and The Experiment for the arc of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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What I most appreciate about Sarah Kucera's The Seven Ways of Ayurveda: Discover Your Dosha, Tap Into Your Strengths, and Thrive in Work, Love, and Life (The Experiment, 2022) is her emphasis on the positive aspects of each dosha. Although she dives into the shadow sides of each doshic personality, Kucera still highlights a strengths-based perspective, which I have often found missing in similarly themed coursework and titles.

While Ayurveda is an ancient tradition, Kucera illuminates how the elements that comprise our natural world (ether/space, water, earth, fire, air) are also the core components of our own doshas. She also addresses how our individual doshas are relevant to contemporary life.

Readers of self-help, yoga, holistic and healing books, as well as traditional Chinese medicine titles should find this a good addition to their library. Also, fans of Gretchen Rubin, particularly The Four Tendencies: The Indispensable Personality Profiles That Reveal How to Make Your Life Better, Byron Katie (especially her work on self-inquiry), and books on the enneagram might also enjoy the personality "profiling" that Sarah Kucera gently, and generously, offers in The Seven Ways of Ayurveda.

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Excellent Ayurveda reference book explaining in detail about the doshas. Along with ways to bring your dosha back into balance. I will be referencing this book often.

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