Every time you move your body, you are talking to your doshas. Because each dosha has its own emphasis, there are three kinds of benefits that all balanced exercise brings:
Vata: poise, agility, limberness, coordination, and inner exhilaration
Pitta: warming up the body, circulation of blood to all parts, increased heart capacity
Kapha: increased strength and stability, steady energy
If you never get out of your armchair to exercise, obviously you will not experience these benefits. But many active people with firm muscles and sound hearts do not experience them either. Most exercise programs today are dedicated to increasing the capacity of the cardiovascular system, which puts a heavy emphasis on Pitta dosha. I would like to list balanced activities that are broader in scope and more suited to the major body types.
- Vata-Type Exercise
Walking, short hikes
- Pitta-Type Exercise
Brisk walking or jogging
Hiking and mountain climbing
- Kapha-Type Exercise
Amount: Moderately heavy
Type: Weight training
—Excerpted from Perfect Health: The Complete Mind Body Guide, by Deepak Chopra, M.D.