Ayurveda, similar to Traditional Chinese medicine, is based on the understanding of the five elements: ether, air, fire, water and earth which are grouped into the three doshas (the bodily consitutions) Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. If you have no idea what Ayurveda is, please go check out this blog post where I wrote about it.
Every dosha has all five elements, but two are more prevalent.
Vata is composed of Ether and Air
Pitta is made up of Fire and Water
Kapha is a combination of Water and Earth
In order to understand ourselves and our tendencies. We need to first find out both our PRAKRUTI (unique psychophysical makeup and essential nature) as well as our VIKRUTI (the current state of the doshas.)
Gaining clarity on both your genetic makeup and current state of either balance or imbalance can help you make choices that are in alignment with your unique needs, and in turn, bring more harmony to your mind, body and life in general.
We get our Prakruti from birth and this does not change during our lifetime. It is our true nature in body, mind, personality and spirit. Knowing prakruti helps one better understand which organs and bodily systems are more susceptible to certain imbalances and diseases.
There are seven possible types of prakruti, each one expressing the uniqueness of each person. They are: Vata; Pitta; Kapha; Vata Pitta; Pitta Kapha
I know that when you read this, you may not completely understand what I'm talking about, but once you take the test and find out your prakruti (AKA dosha) I trust that you will be clearer on what it refers to.
I have found some great resources to find out about them, here are some:
Now, Vikruti which is your current state of physical and mental health, it is influenced by the daily choices you make when it comes to food, lifestyle and relationships.
External factors such as the stage of life, season, time of day, weather patterns and environmental factors also affect the doshas.
If you'd like to learn more about Ayurveda, I highly recommend the following books
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