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Healing Color Combinations by Ayurvedic Type

East Indian traditional healing proposes that there are five elements that can be simplified into three groups known as constitutional types or dosha. The elements are ether, air, fire, water, and earth. Ether and air are grouped together and known as vata. The vata constitution is akin to the ectomorph: of lean build and a thin frame. Fire stands separately as pitta, and the pitta constitution is akin to the mesomorph: an individual with a moderate frame and musculature. Water and earth are grouped together and known as kapha. Kapha types are akin to the endomorph: substantial in mass. Most of us are hybrids of the dosha types (such as vata/pitta or pitta/kapha), but a key point is that it is usually the aggravation of our primary dosha type that creates imbalance and disharmony.

The Ayurveda Essence palettes are grouped together as such:

Ectomorph/Vata/Air and Space: A palette of muted and subdued earthy tones

Mesomorph/Pitta/Fire: Complex colors with a cooling and calming orientation

Endomorph/Kapha/Water and Earth: A palette of vibrant and stimulating colors with warm overtones

As a whole, Ayurveda Essence incorporates colors that range from deep and chromatic brights to the muted lights and neutrals. The steps in value between colors has been designed with an eye toward a harmonious contrast. This design feature automatically eliminates the kind of clash that can result from colors which are too close to one another in value, and makes the creation of monochromatic schemes easier. The key difference among the palettes is how they handle chromaticism. Each micro palette is constructed to avoid those portions of the color spectrum that would be the most aggravating to the respective constitution–they are very balanced.

AFM also has another tool to abet you in your trek towards wellness: a set of 17 healing color combinations. You can visit this page to see the color combinations, and while you are there you can click on the individual links on the left navigation column to see colors by Ayurvedic types: Vata, Pitta, and Kapha.

If you don’t know what your Ayurvedic type is, find out here: Which Ayurvedic Type Are You?

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9:30AM PST on Dec 28, 2014

Thanks so much for the article. I have just begun to a journey with Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy. This article gives me more options to consider.

10:51AM PDT on Sep 7, 2014

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12:43AM PST on Jan 12, 2014

interesting article. thanks for posting.

1:15PM PST on Dec 15, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

5:20AM PST on Jan 2, 2013

interesting. most of it went over my head, but i think i fall into 'pitta'. looking on the link to the website with the colors, more of those colors i liked, although there were some from the other two i liked also

12:24AM PDT on Aug 20, 2012

Thank you so much. I say once again SPOT ON.

6:03PM PST on Feb 23, 2011

Yep spot on!

6:57AM PST on Feb 4, 2011

Thank-you, interesting article. The colors suggested for my type are nearly all colors I naturally gravitate to. But my love of green was not included.

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