We all know Yoga, but not too many people know Yoga’s sister, Ayurveda. This word means ‘Knowledge of life’ and is the name of the ancestral Indian medicine. Since getting to know Ayurveda, I’ve been super obsessed to learn and study more about it. This time I’ll talk to you about language learning through one of Ayurveda’s most interesting topic: The doshas.
In Ayurveda, there are three major Doshas: Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Each of them represents some of the five elements that are in both our body and mind. I’ll quickly describe them to you:
Vata is air and ether, is the movement, the lightness, the ideas, the creativity, constipation, insomnia, the snack craving, the overthinking.
Pitta is fire and water, is transformation, passion, leadership, metabolism, determination, muscles, the hotness, the anger.
Kapha is water and earth, is structure, loveliness, politeness, lubrication, depression, heaviness, generosity, kindness, sleepiness.
Each of us has a doshic constitution where Vata, Pitta and Kapha are present in different percentages. Our doshic constitution changes during your life (Vikruti), but we were all born with an ‘original one’ (Pakruti).
In this post, I’ll teach you how to learn languages according to your doshic constitution, but mostly according to your predominant dosha(s) (yes, you may be dual doshic or even tridoshic if your doshas are in similar percentages). If you still don’t know which one represents you, I recommend you take the following test made by the amazing Sahara Rose: Click here.
Read my post What to Read According to Your Level of Fluency
>> How to Learn Languages As A Vata
Try to include creative elements in your studies’ session. Also, study on different places so from time to time try to change the place you do your study or practice session.
You may get tired easily after focusing on one task for so long, so try to include short breaks from time to time as well.
As Vatas are always having new ideas of what they want to do during the day, you may change your mind about something really quick. So, you need to do the things you want to do IMMEDIATELY. If you feel like studying your target language right now, simply do it! If you let that thought go out of your mind, you will have another idea really soon.
I recommend you to study with relaxing and calm music so that you don’t get overwhelmed by the noise.
Read my post How to Learn Languages Through Music
>> How to Learn Languages As A Pitta
Setting goals and having a structure in your language learning sessions will help you learn more. Pittas tend to focus on one task until they finish it avoiding breaks, so make sure you leave some things to study for the next day! You don’t need to review everything during one single day. Avoid overworking and remember that is best to study small amounts of times every day than studying many hours in just one day.
Use some rhythmic music to make you enjoy your studying time and also to avoid you get upset, angry or stressed. Maybe you will enjoy more this kind of music when doing a song analysis. Piano, guitar and soft rock are good ones for you.
You may prefer focusing more on grammar and rules in your target language rather than in vocabulary and immersion activities.
Remember to set language goals because that will keep you more motivated to practice and learn.
Read my post about how to Organize Your Notebooks to Learn Languages
>> How to Learn Languages As A Kapha
Use emotions in your favour. As Kaphas are more emotional, you can relate your feelings and real-life examples when learning a foreign language. Creative sentences that are related to you and your loved ones.
I know you may find super hard to move, you just want to rest in your bed during mornings, you want to take naps after lunch and that may prevent you from grabbing your studying material to practice your target language. To get you moving make sure you put some music that makes you feel happy. Make a playlist with all the songs that you enjoy listening to (cheerful ones!), maybe some Latin American music.
If you are a visual Kapha, you may learn and remember a lot from nice pictures, so include them in your notebooks or create flashcards with them! Using a picture of an object or place that was important to you in the past, will help you remember new words and concepts in a better way because Kaphas always think about the past more than in the present or future.
>> Are you struggling to learn a foreign language from zero on your own?
If you feel like it’s taking you forever to just begin learning a new language, or you are stuck on A0 level, I recommend you to check out my online course ‘The Ultimate Polyglot Girl’. You don’t even need to be a polyglot yet to take it! In this course, I help you from the very beginning of learning a foreign language. You will receive a pretty workbook to practice different aspects of your target language and 24+ videos of me explaining you the exercises and showing you how I did them for Catalán (I learnt it from zero with you so that you feel like we are study partners!)
Apart from that, some random lectures include bonus gifts to keep you motivated to practice your favourite language. The best part of all is that you can take the course as many times as you want for no extra money.
I hope you have enjoyed today’s post! Remember to take the test at eatfeelfresh.com or any other website to see which dosha is predominant on you.
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Have an amazing day ahead,