How old you are and how well you manage your daily self care is one of Ayurveda’s great anti aging secrets. In my previous blog I explained how the energies of Vata, Pitta and Kapha affect our moment to moment health and well being. Let’s take a deeper look the doshas and why a person’s age requires different daily self care programs. Ayurveda sees there are three distinct stages during our lifetime. The Kapha stage is from 0 – 25 years, Pitta stage is from 26 – 60 years and Vata stage is from 61 years to end of life. Each stage corresponds with what each dosha represents; Kapha represents our structure and during the years from 0 – 25 our structure develops and grows, Pitta represents our metabolism and during the years from 26 – 60 we metabolize our livelihood and family, Vata represents our movement and during the years from 61 to the end of life our movement slows down until life comes to an end. Each stage of life requires a different approach toward self care to maximize our best health. During the Kapha years a growing child needs whole food plants and meat, plenty of sunshine and exercise, and 9 – 10 hours of sleep to support a healthy growing body. During the Pitta years of life an active adult needs high energy whole food plants with less meat, walks in nature to calm the mind, and 8 – 9 hours of sleep to support the high stress of working and raising children. During the Vata stage of life an active adult begins to wind down their energy but still requires high energy whole food plants and once again needs plenty of meat for strength and energy. Aging slows activity and socializing becomes more important for self analyzing life’s deeper meaning. The Vata years require 6 – 7 hours of sleep; but is often difficult to achieve, socializing helps the mind to feel peaceful at the end of each day allowing for needed sleep.