Hi love, I’m so happy to have you back here with me today.
Have you ever felt like your life is not in balance, or that it’s getting out of control?
Stress, anxiety, shortened temper, sleeping problems, lack of energy, forgetfulness, poor diet, and having all sorts of health problems are all signs that your life could be getting out of control. Sometimes, we think that there’s medicine for every symptom. However, there are symptoms where medicine isn’t necessary at all. A simple lifestyle modification — like changing your diet to healthy habits eating — could reduce your physical challenges and stress, and help you create a life filled with good health, inner peace, and happiness.
My guest today is a dear friend of mine who brings ancient wisdom to modern life, Sahara Rose. In this episode, she talked about the Ayurvedic wisdom of the body and mind, the three doshas, how to manage an imbalance Ayurveda, and more. It’s an exciting conversation with a wellness coach, and I’m sure you will be inspired by her wisdom.
Who is Sahara Rose?
Sahara Rose is the founder and CEO of Rose Gold Goddesses, which is a divine feminine mystery school considered as a sacred sisterhood embodying the goddess within. The school has more than 2,000 members worldwide. She is also a bestselling author of the books, Idiot’s Guide to Ayurveda and Eat Feel Fresh: A Contemporary, Plant-Based Ayurvedic Cookbook. Her other book, Discover Your Dharma, is a vedic guide to finding your purpose with a foreword by Deepak Chopra.
Sahara Rose is a popular podcast host, a wellness entrepreneur, an inspirational coach, and a motivational keynote speaker. She hosts the Highest Self Podcast, which is the number one spirituality podcast on iTunes with more than 20 million downloads. She has done several speaking engagements for top companies like Facebook and Google, and she was the nutrition speaker at Harvard Medical School during the Let’s Move Campaign of Michelle Obama. Sahara has been featured in various highly-respected publications like Forbes, The Huffington Post, Yoga Journal, Girlboss, The ChalkBoard, NBC News, and more. Vogue also featured her for bringing the age-old Ayurvedic philosophy into the modern era.
Understanding Ayurveda and the Three Doshas
Ayurveda originated in India about 5,000 years ago and it is often considered as a natural system of medicine. It promotes lifestyle intervention and natural treatment and therapy to achieve balance in spirit, mind, body.
“Ayurveda means the knowledge of life. So to be healthy, you must have knowledge of all areas of your life: your nutrition, your self-care, your environment, your relationships, your meditation practice — all of these are going to create your health.” – Sahara Rose
The main concept of Ayurveda is a personalized holistic healing process. It is based on the belief that wellness and health largely depend on the interconnections between the spirit, mind, and body. A balance of the three life forces or energy called “Dosha” leads to good health. On the contrary, an imbalance could result in illness and disease.
“Ayurveda encompasses all of these different aspects of health and it classifies them into three doshas, which are energy types: Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. Vata is the air. Pitta is the fire. Kapha is the earth. We are all a combination of all three doshas, but in varying amounts.” – Sahara Rose
Each of us has our own dominant dosha. It could be Pitta, Kapha, or Vata. It is important to know your dosha so that you can pattern your lifestyle when balancing your life.
“In order to be healthy, you must be living the optimal life for your specific dosha, and knowing how your dosha changes according to the seasons, stress levels, menstrual cycle, et cetera, … [is] like maneuvering that wheel back into balance.” – Sahara Rose
Vata means “to move like the wind,” and it consists of the air and space elements. It is the energy that defines the movements of the body and mind. In health, Vata controls breathing, thoughts, waste elimination, and blood flow. Vata is also around us, in coldness, dryness, roughness, and subtleness. Autumn is known as the Vata season because of the crisp and cool days.
“Vata is air. … So the good side is they’re probably creative. They’re probably like a director, … models, … [and] actors. … They’re doing all these different things. … So it’s creative and eccentric big-picture thinking. But also the shadow side is, it can be anxiousness scattered in your head, not in your body, [and] over analyzing all the time. Because think about the wind. It’s always moving and flowing. We can’t control it, but someone knows we need to ground it.” – Sahara Rose
Are you a creative person? A quick learner? A multi-tasker? Or kind-hearted? If you have any of these qualities, your dominant dosha could be Vata. These are some of the strengths of a Vata-dominant person. But there are also weaknesses, such as forgetfulness, overly thinking, poor diet, and prone to digestive problems. To achieve balance, you should follow a holistic health routine like daily yoga and meditations.
“Pitta people tend to have more athletic bodies naturally because they have more testosterone in them. So they have like an angular jawline. They put muscles on easily. … Personality-wise, they tend to be goal-oriented achievers and leaders.” – Sahara Rose
Those with Pitta-dominant dosha are known to have a strong personality since Pitta consists of the elements of fire and water. They are physically active, athletic, very competitive, and good leaders. In seasons, summer is Pitta.
“When you can just feel that fire rising, that’s Pitta that hasn’t been fully tamed. So the impatience, agitation, et cetera. Body-wise, you will have rashes — that’s eruptions in your body. And then your digestion is considered your fire. … So acne, anything in your skin like blemishes. It’s all a Pitta imbalance. .. Whereas the Pitta tends to be more cold.” – Sahara Rose
People with Pitta as the dominant dosha are intelligent, wise, quick learners, and self-determined. But they are also impatient, moody, and prone to conflict. They are quite sensitive to hot environments. To create balance, avoid spicy foods and extremely hot temperatures. Instead, focus more on work-life balance.
Kapha is based on water and earth. It is associated with stability, steadiness, heaviness, coldness and softness. Kapha dosha people are strong and caring, and they are known for being supportive of others and in keeping things together. They usually think first before acting, and seldom get upset. Spring is popular for being the Kapha season.
“Kapha is earth. If you think about earth, earth provides us with oil, water, gas. … A small percentage of people were born with equal amounts of all three, but a Kapha person physically tends to be heavier. Why? Because earth holds onto things. So Kapha people tend to hold on to emotions and energy. … They can hold space for people.” – Sahara Rose
How about you? What’s your dominant dosha? Knowing your dosha is important because it allows you to align your lifestyle and habits to create the balance in life that you seek. An imbalance in Ayurveda can have an unwanted impact.
Managing an Imbalanced Ayurveda
Achieving a balanced Ayurveda can bring in a world of health benefits. But there are also undesirable results if it is out of balance. A Pitta-dominant dosha has a different approach to balancing the Ayurveda, and the same for the other energies like Vata and Kapha. But sometimes, balancing requires a combination of different doshas.
“Each dosha is going to have different suggestions. … If your Vata is out of balance mentally, you’re going to treat everything differently than physically. If you just have it only mentally, but not physically, you’ll only work with meditation [and] lifestyle practices. If you just have it physically, you can work with nutrition. They’re both going to correlate with each other. But some people … have a Kapha body but a Vata mind. So you would follow the diet of Kapha, but the lifestyle practices of Vata balancing.” – Sahara Rose
Does this sound like you? Do you have a Vata mind but a Kapha body? If so, both doshas must be considered.
“The Kapha person should be pushing themselves, doing more of the Planks, et cetera. The Pitta person should be in the Child’s Pose. The Vata person should just be like listening [and] trying to keep up with a routine. … Doing things at the same time every day is going to be really good for Vata and balance.” – Sahara Rose
In Ayurveda, the primary dosha is the most likely to go out of control, and it is best to start by addressing first the imbalanced primary dosha. It is easier to manage, as well. The non-primary dosha may also go out of balance, and they should be addressed accordingly. Balancing the different doshas requires a holistic approach that involves a combination of physical and mental exercises along with proper diet.
As we move through life, the different doshas may fluctuate over time according to the changes in our diet, environment, lifestyle, and other factors. So, it is important to understand the three different doshas, and not just the dominant one, in order to achieve complete balance in life.
Get Loved Up with Sahara Rose
This interview with Sahara is full of energy and inspiration. I’m sure those who are in search of balance and finding their soul’s purpose in life will find our conversation very helpful. So, please share the full episode with your friends. It will change their ways of thinking about wellness and health, as well as how they think about their life’s purpose.
If you want more of Sahara’s wisdom, visit her website and take the free transformative Masterclass to discover your purpose. You can also take her Free Dosha Quiz to find out your Ayurvedic mind-body type. You will find out who you are, your ideal self-care, the best foods for you, and even how to manage your business, your relationships, and more. Just take the quiz and find out your dominant dosha.
You may also subscribe to her Eat Feel Fresh YouTube channel to get access to her videos on discovering your dosha and Ayurveda. Connect with Sahara on Facebook and Twitter for more wisdom. Tag Sahara, @iamsahararose, and me, @koyawebb, on Instagram with a screenshot of your greatest takeaways. We would love to know what you learned from our conversation.
This is such an inspiring interview for me, and I really appreciate everything that Sahara shared during our conversation. I’m sure anyone who listens to this Get Loved Up podcast with Sahara Rose will find dosha and Ayurveda a life-changing and peaceful journey towards wellness and health. So eat well, live a healthy lifestyle, and spread love to the world.
Until next time, love.
- What we can learn from ancient Ayurvedic wisdom (0:37)
- What Dharma is (1:45)
- Where Sahara found her purpose (6:28)
- How to find the courage to follow your own path (10:56)
- Mindset tools that helped Sahara to get through a time of uncertainty (12:35)
- The basics of Ayurveda (18:43)
- The three doshas of Ayurveda (19:56)
- What it means to be imbalanced (26:35)
- How yoga applies to the different doshas (33:31)
- Cuisines that are impacted by your dosha (36:42)
- How the alkaline diet impacts Ayurveda (39:10)
- How Sahara created her tarot/oracle decks (43:13)
- What tools Koya has used to enhance her intuition (45:14)
- Koya’s favorite mantra (45:51)
- How Sahara manages being an entrepreneur and woman of color day to day (47:53)
- How married life changed Sahara’s doshas (51:49
Links mentioned in this episode
- Take Sahara’s quiz to find out your dosha
- Ayurveda (Idiot’s Guides): Sahara Rose Ketabi, Deepak …
- Eat Feel Fresh
- Goddess Archetype quiz
- Highest Self Podcast
- Order Koya’s new book Let Your Fears Make You Fierce