Updated: Mar 30, 2021
What would life be without colour? Colours hold the amazing power to help us be in harmony with our own nature and enhance mind-body potentials.
One of the reasons I love Ayurveda is because it integrates all well-being systems from diet to lifestyle management, breathing practices to mudras, exercise routine to Marma points, chromotherapy to music therapy and much more. Ayurveda is a holistic science which comprises a variety of therapies to help us understand ourselves and give us the tools to bring body-mind balance like no other.
Colour is a powerful tool for attracting our attention, shaping our moods and communicating our emotions. Thus the choices we make in terms of colours have a profound affect on us. Colour therapy is one of the main sensory therapies of all mental and spiritual healing. The wrong colours derange mental activity and the right colours restore it.
Ayurveda's approach is to colours is to diagnose and treat any imbalances we may have and boost even more our own potentials. The simplest way to start is relative to the three Dohas (Vata-Pitta-Kapha).
Start by observing the colours of the clothes you are wearing now. Are they blue, black, red? Did you consciously pick them or it was an automatic choice? How did you feel when you decided to wear them? Or if you prefer, observe your room, what colours are your curtains? Did you purposefully choose the colour of your walls? Would you prefer another colour or you don’t mind?
Observing without judging is always a great start. I’m sure you will find a pattern which will surely lead to a better self-understanding of your feelings and needs.
The next step would be to use colours to bring out the best in you.
Counteracting Vata, Pitta and Kappa with with the appropriate harmonious colours returns us to health and well-being.
Vatas, governed by Air and Ether, are hyperactive, friendly, fast, with many interests, active, anxious, creative, natural worriers but with flexible minds and don't like routines.
In order to balance Vata, calming, warm, moist, and soft colours are ideal; opposite in qualities to its cold, dry, light and hyperactive nature. This is accomplished by combining warm colours like gold, red, orange and yellow with moist and calm colours like white or whitish shades of green or blue. So please avoid over-stimulating colours as they over-energise Vatas' nervous sensitivity.
Pittas, governed by fire, are determined, intense, sharp, intelligent, with charisma, critical, they have good concentration and leadership skills, ambitious, disciplined and are good planners.
In order to balance Pitta, a cooling, calming and mild approach is the best option; opposite its light, hot and aggressive tendencies. These are primarily white, green and blue avoiding stimulating colours like red, orange and yellow. Pittas do best with mild shades, like pastels or with neutral colours like grey or white.
Kaphas, governed by water and earth, are calm, slow, quiet, strong, they don't like change much, good savers and with strong vital capacity and stamina.
Stimulation is the key word when thinking about Kapha's right choice of colours. Warm, dry and stimulating colours to counter its properties of coldness, dampness, heaviness and lack of movement. Kaphas do well with with bright shades and strong colour contrast like orange, yellow, gold or red. They should avoid too much white or white shades of cool colours like green or blue but can use these (except white) in brighter or more lucid hues. Bright, clear and transparent colours will definitely activate and make them feel energised.
Have a go and observe yourself, your environment, you choices and how you need them to be so you can feel your best.
Reference: Frawley, David, Ayurveda and the Mind: the Healing of Consciousness, Lotus Press, Twin Lakes, WI. 1996