If we loot at the different people in the world around us, we observe that all of us are not simply alike. The standard of average person is a statistical abstraction who does not really exist. Each one of us is different in many ways, both physically and mentally. Each person possesses a unique constitution different from that of any other person.
We must understand our own nature for our own happiness and well-being in life. Similarly, we must understand the nature of others, which may be different than our own, for harmonious social interaction. The food that is good for one person may not be good for another. The psychological conditions favorable for one person may not suit another too. No standardized medicine can adequately deal with all our individual variations.
One of the great beauties of Ayurveda is that it so clearly helps us understand all our individual variations special abilities and idiosyncrasies.
However, human constitutional patterns fail into general categories and do not occur at random.
Three major constitutions types exist according to the three biological humor that are the root forces of our physical life.
These are the three doshas
Each corresponding to the Five Great Elements
- Vata Ether/Air
- Pitta Fire/Water
- Kapha Earth/Water
Each of us posses all three biological humor called doshas.
However, the proportion varies according to the individual.
Individual constitution is acquired at birth and remains constant in life. While there are three general types according to the predominant dosha, combinations and variations also exist. Some persons are strongly of one type, these are called Pure Vata, Pure Pitta or Pure Kapha.
Mixed types occur as when two or more humors stand in equal proportion. Vata-Pitta, Pitta-Kapha, Vata-Kapha. When all three doshas are in balance we call it Vata-Pitta-Kapha.
Doshas are moving energies that constantly change in according to our actions, thoughts, emotions, the foods we eat, the seasons, and many other sensory inputs that feed our mind and body.
When we live in proper adequacy with our nature or Dharma, we naturally make lifestyle and dietary decisions that create balance within our Doshas. When we live against our nature, we support unhealthy patterns that lead to physical and mental imbalances.
If the proportion of doshas in our current state is close to our birth constitution or Prakriti, then your health will be great. However, if we live in state of imbalance all doshas can be affected. This variation of the doshas is called Vikriti.
Hence, our goal is to maintain our Prakriti and avoid any imbalance or Vikruti to sustain health in our life.
Each doshas has its respective site in the body They are also present in our body tissues or the seven dhatus and in food tastes etc.
Understanding our doshas will only be the begging of your journey in ayurveda.
How to determine your unique psycho-physical nature ?
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Also remember that even when you fall clearly into one category, you will have your unique characteristics. These types are a basis for more specific treatment and should not be turned into stereotypes.
This quiz won’t replace a consultation with a qualified ayurvedic practitioner for proper guide line and support.