The basic qualities of agni are hot, sharp, light, subtle and dry. The very existence of ama is dependent on diminished agni and doshic imbalance. Doshic ama is formed by the qualities of the dosha that counteract agni’s characteristics. Kapha opposes it with dull, cold, heavy, and oily qualities. Pitta with liquid and oily qualities and vata with cold and mobile qualities.
Therefore ama is dependent on Agni. When the body digests food it uses the building blocks of the food to create the seven tissues within the body. When Agni is balanced Ojas is created. When Agni is low or variable ama is created. A yoga practice that affects ama balances agni, removes obstructions in the channels and squeezes ama from the deeper tissues. There are 13 forms of Agni that we can balance. These are: