According to Ayurveda, each of us possesses all three doshas, but one of these traits is usually dominant, defining many aspects of your health, your shape, and your personality. Left unchecked, your dominant dosha can cause physical or emotional imbalance. And although diet tends to get most of the attention in Ayurveda, exercise choices are a critical and often overlooked cause of physical and emotional dosha imbalance. Balancing your exercise choices according to your dosha can make a big difference in your overall health and well-being.
When I purchased my home in Maine more than a decade ago, I was already an avid hiker. I had trekked in northern India; I had climbed Kilimanjaro, in Africa; and I had hiked in Colorado, Northern California, Utah, Europe, and elsewhere. Because I enjoy nature, with its plants, rock formations, and beautiful vistas, I immediately fell in love with Acadia National Park on Mount Desert Island and the fine network of hiking trails that traverse the preserve. They crisscross rocky cliffs, gentle meadows, sandy and rocky beaches, and dense evergreen forests.