The Seven Ways of Ayurveda: Discover Your Dosha, Tap into Your Strengths—and Thrive in Work, Love, and Life

The Experiment. May 2022. 240p. ISBN 9781615198009. $19.95. SELF-HELP
Kucera’s (The Ayurvedic Self-Care Handbook) latest title focuses on the personality and psychological traits of the seven different dosha types identified in Ayurvedic medicine. Doshas are described as the human body’s combinations of the five Ayurvedic elements (ether, air, fire, water, and earth) which are believed to impact a person’s body type, metabolic function, specific health concerns, disposition, and personality. Kucera writes that readers can achieve optimal health by determining which of the seven doshas they are most closely aligned with and correspondingly modifying the way they eat, exercise, and rest. A simple quiz early in the book will help readers to quickly identify their dosha; each subsequent chapter underscores the doshas’ characteristics. Describing how the various doshas translate as personality types, Kucera advises how each will perform at work, school, and in relationships and suggests psychological techniques to augment one’s strengths and correct one’s imbalances.
VERDICT For readers interested in complementary medicine, adherents of Ayurvedic medicine, and anyone who enjoys trying self-improvement through personality typing.
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