YOUR BODY IN AYURVEDA
Ayurveda believes that the temprament of a human being is genetic in origin, directly related to the constitution or 'Prakriti' of the body.
Each individual is born with a unique body type, or 'prakriti', which is determined by the dominance of one or more of the three doshas. Discovering your Prakriti is the beginning of understanding the qualities of your uniqueness. Becoming familiar with these qualities is your guide to knowing how to best take care of yourself.
Solid state of matter
Fluid state of matter
Energe that transforms State of matter
Gaseous state of matter
Space of Matter to Exist
The three doshas are the manifestations of
these five states in the body
Is a combination of FIRE and WATER. It is responsible for heat, metabolism, energy production and digestive functions of the body.
Is a combinations of AIR and ETHER. It is responsible for all moments of the body, mind, senses and the process of elimination.
Is a combination of EARTH and WATER. It is responsible for physical stability, proper body structureand fluid balance.
Prakriti or nature is not meant to categorise people, nor are any of the doshas better than each other. One combination of energy is never better than the other, each has its unique potential, vices and virtues.
The importance of knowing your body - type Vata, Pitta or Kapha is that it sharply focuses your diet, exercise, daily routine and other measures for preventing disease. By eating and adopting an appropriate lifestyle, one can have balance everywhere.
Guidelines to test your dosha
- Discovering your Prakriti should be viewed as an opportunity to better understand your own individuality. Becoming familiar with your given energy network, living it and learning to keep it in harmony is basic to Ayurveda and fundamental to Ayurvedic Beauty Regimes as well.
- The questionnaire below to cover to key aspects : Physical & Behavioural. A host of questions under each section will help know your true Prakriti.
- This questionnaire should be answered honestly. The answer should be as per who you are from birth and not what you want to be or think should be. More than one characteristics in each parameter can be chosen as per your profile. Please tick against each characteristic as applicable.
NOTE: All 3 Doshas are present in everyone in differing proportions. According to Ayurveda, all three need to be kept in balance to enjoy a wholesomelife.
This Dosha test will give you the proportions of the three doshas. Vata, Pitta and Kapha within your unique mind & body constitution. Most of us have one predominant Dosha, a few have a combination of two doshas and very few have all three doshas in equal proportion.
YOUR BODY BALANCE
Kapha dosha is composed of the elements of water and earth. It has the qualities of being heavy, slow, cold, oily and dense. People with Kapha as the dominant dosha are naturally calm, loving and thoughtful. They are blessed with graet stamina, strong built, radiant skin and good digestion.
This dosha is prone to weight gain, excessive sleep and depression. Benefits from a light skincare routine as skin can be oily and prone to large pores.
- Try to be active, perform exercises daily and spend time outdoors. Indulge in light forms exercising like bricks waking.
- Wake up early and rise with the sun.
- Eat light and healthy foods favoring the pungent, bitter, and astringent tastes.
- Spend time with friends and family on a regulare basis tp enliven your mood.
- take time off from work and consider engaging in volunteer work.
- Perform garshana (dry brush massage) daily, it helps encourage lymph flow.
- Avoid taking regulare naps and try not to sleep past sunsise.
- Spend too much time infront of the television.
- Have dessert after every meal, this encourages rapid weight gain.
- Avoid eating when you aren`t really hungry. also, avoid eating oily and fatty
- Foods, Kapha has an inherently oily quality already, it doesn`t need more.
YOUR BODY BALANCE
Vata dosha is composed of the elements of ether and air. It has the qualities of being light, dry, cold, mobile, and subtle. People with VATA as the dominant dosha have athin physique, are active and have a friendly attitude. They are very lively, intelligent, talkative, creative and enthusiastic. This dosha is prone to weight loss, hypertension, weakness and challenges with digestion.
Benefits from a delicate yet moisturizing skincare routine as skin is likely to be dry & flaky with clogged pores.
- Try to maintain a regular schedule.
- Vata is irregular by nature and needs regular routines to stay balanced.
- Include abhyanga (self oil massage) in your daily routine during the winter months.
- Drink warm beverages.
- Eat meals at regular intervals day throughout the day.
- Favor healthy cooked foods with a focus on tastes that are sweet, sour, and salty.
- Try to spend time in nature every day.
- Keep an erratic schedule and skip meals.
- Avoid drinking cold foods and drinks with meals.
- Consume coffee or other stimulants. They will make you hyper in the short term but leave you mare exhausted.
- Eat on the run. When you don`t take the time to focus on your food, you have a harder time digesting it.
YOUR BODY BALANCE
Pitta dosha is composed of the elements of fire and water. It has the qualities of being hot, sharp, intense and mobile. People with pitta as the dominant dosha have a strong intellect, focused concentration, good decision making skills and sharp wit. They are a medium-built, have good digestion, sleep sound and have position energy. This dosha is porne to anger and impatience when out of balance.
Benefits from gentle skincare as skin can be sensitive and irritable, susceptibl to wrinkles, sunburn and inflammation.
- Schedule your deadlines to avoid time pressures.
- Allow some time in each day to unwind and lighten the mood.
- Eat healthy, mostly cooked food with a focus on tastes that are sweet, bitter, and astringent.
- Drink plenty of room temperature water. Cold water is bad for digestion.
- Spend time in nature, especially near water elements to help calm and cool Pitta.
- Take adequate a mount of rest and try to be in bed by 10pm.
- Engage in team activities rather than individual competitions.
- Avoid coffee and alcohol. These are both heating elements, taxing the liver.
- Eat lots of spicy food, it build up the heat in the body.
- Drink ice cold water while eating your meat, it hampers digestion.
- Engage in lots of competitive activities.
- Do some from of yoga to relax and rejuvenate your body.