|The current of life eventually must
wear out the wire of the body. Nevertheless, life can still be prolonged far beyond its ordinary
limits and Ayurveda gives us many keys to this process.
Vata is dry, light, cold, rough, subtle and agitated in qualities. It is the
root of the humors, tissues and waste materials of the body. In its natural state it sustains effort,
inhalation, exhalation, movement, the discharge of impulses, the equilibrium of the tissues and the
coordination of the senses.
Pitta is oily, penetrating, hot, light, unpleasant in odor, mobile and
liquid. It governs digestion, thermogenesis, visual perception, hunger, thirst, lustre, complexion,
understanding, intelligence, courage and softness of the body.
Kapha is wet, cold, heavy, slow, sticky, soft and firm in qualities. It
gives stability, lubrication, holding together of the joints and such
qualities as patience, calm and devotion.