by Andrew Pacholyk MS L.Ac
Color Therapy is one of the components in the healing spectrum of Ayurveda. Based on the Veda and the tenants of Vedic Astrology, color was known to represent the seven primary colors of spectral light or the seven rays. These seven rays also represent seven deities or the sun. The full spectrum, visible rays of red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet, are often combined according to the needs of the dosha. In order to bring them into balance, we either increase or soften color, and in turn, we are able to regulate our dosha composition.
It is first important to know what your dosha composition is. We are often a combination of two dosha with a tendency to be more of one of three “types”: Vata, Pitta, Kapha or (tri-dosha).
As per Ayurveda, the state of our physical being, as well as our mental health can be derived only when tri-dosha or the three body humors are in a balanced states. Therefore, by looking at the nature of color therapy, we can understand just how this balancing can work.
Color Therapy balances the mental, spiritual and physical doshas through several different methods. Color is most often taken in by our sense of sight. Color is primarily absorbed through the eyes and secondarily through the skin. Color is also absorbed through the colors of food, spices and other nourishment.
Every color has a regulating aspect that is either absorbed or repelled. It is the force within our consciousness and subconsciousness mind that allows us to self-regulate. We are often attracted to the colors we need the most.
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To help balance out-of-sync dosha, consider using these colors in food, light therapy, clothing and baths for clearing, energizing and rebalancing the dosha.
Vata: Warm pastels, yellow, green. Balancing colors for Vata are warm or calming. Yellow and gold are very pleasing to the Vata environment. Also consider white,violet, blue, and deep red. Avoid bright red as they tend to be too stimulating.
Pitta: Cool, soft colors, blue, indigo, rose, silver. Because Pitta tend to be hot, they need a cooling environment to stay in balance. Consider soft, pastel colors to soothe away tensions.
Kapha: Bright, bold colors, red, orange and gold. Kapha needs the stimulation of bright, hot colors. Increase the energy levels with red and orange.