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What Is Your Dosha?

{written by : Howard Beckman}

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Ayurveda enables us to look at each individual as a unique structure made up of the three doshas (Prakruti). In so doing a specific treatment can be designed to cater to that individuals health problems. This is why in India, most people know what their particular dosha or Prakruti is.





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Ayurveda enables us to look at each individual as a unique structure made up of the three doshas (Prakruti). In so doing a specific treatment can be designed to cater to that individuals health problems. This is why in India, the home of Ayurveda, most people know what their particular dosha or Prakruti is.

Every one of us has a dosha that is more predominant or stronger than the other two, one secondary and a third, which is much less prominent; this is determined when we are in the womb. Four principal causes are responsible for an individual’s prakruti:

  • The fathers prakruti
  • The mothers prakruti
  • The condition of the womb
  • The food and drink the mother takes before and during pregnancy

So depending on the above factors, the child’s individual constitution will be determined. Our prakruti stays with us during the entire lifetime and during this time every effort should be made to help keep our prakruti in a balanced state.


In Ayurveda, seven classic types of combinations manifest. They are:

  • Vata
  • Pitta
  • Kapha
  • Vata-Pitta
  • Pitta-Kapha
  • Vata-Kapha
  • Sama (Vata-Pitta-Kapha) Equally balanced is very rare

You will see two charts below, one for physical and the other psychological
doshic potential. Check the ones that sound like you, and be honest! Then add up the totals and you should get some idea of what is your predominant dosha, your secondary, and your third.

Please take into account that it takes a qualified ayurvedic practitioner to identify your true Prakruti, generally by taking your pulse.



Doshic Constitution Chart

Physical Features

Vata

Pita

Kapha

Body Frame

Lean & Thin

Moderate

Large & Thick

Body Weight

Low

Moderate

Overweight

Skin

Dry, rough, Cool
Black, brown

Soft, oily, warm
Fair, yellowish,
Red

Thick, oily, cool
Pale, white,
Glistening

Teeth

Irregular, protruded,
Crooked, thin gums,
Tendency toward
Tooth decay

Regular, moderate,
Soft gums, yellowish

Regular, strong,
White, healthy

Eyes

Small, dull,
Attractive, brown,
Black iris

Medium, sharp,
Penetrating,
Green, grey,
Yellowish iris

Big, blue iris,
Thick eyelashes

Joints

Bony markings seen

Just visible

Not seen

Musculature

Slight and stiff

Medium, flexible

Firm, stout

Appetite

Variable, scanty

Good, excessive

Low but steady

Thirst

Variable

Excessive

Less

Sweating

Variable

Excessive

Less

Sleep

Scanty, interrupted

Moderate, 4-6 hrs,
Slightly disturbed

More than 6 hrs sound

Taste

Sweet, sour, salty

Sweet, bitter,
Astringent

Pungent, bitter,
Astringent

Elimination

Irregular, dry, hard,
Constipated

Regular, soft,
Oily, loose

Regular, oily

Physical Activity

Fast & very active

Medium

Lethargic & slow

Sexual Vitality

Lower, variable

Moderate

Good

Pulse

Light & weak

Jumping

Broad & slow

Add up your score

 

 

 

When any of the doshas (Vata, Pitta or Kapha ) become imbalanced, an Ayurvedic practitioner will suggest specific lifestyle and nutritional guidelines to assist the individual in reducing or increasing the doshas that has become imbalance. If toxins in the body are abundant, then a cleansing process known as Pancha Karma is recommended to eliminate these unwanted toxins.

Psychological Functions

Vata

Pita

Kapha

Dreams

Fearful, flying,
Jumping,
Running

Fiery, passionate,
Anger, violence,
War

Watery, rivers,
Oceans, swimming,
Romantic

Emotional
Temperament

Unpredictable,
Anxious,
Insecure

Irritable,
Aggressive, greedy,
Jealous

Calm, quiet

Mind

Restless, active

Aggressive,
Intelligent

Calm

Faith

Changeable

Determined,
Fanatic

Steady

Memory

Recent good,
Remote poor

Sharp

Slow but
Prolonged

Interests

Recreation,
Dance, running,
Intellectual
Activities, talking

Competitive
Ventures, debate,
Politics, talking

Family and social
Gatherings,
Cooking,
Collecting


Add your score

 

 

 



Author Bio :
Written by Howard Beckman of the Vedic Cultural Fellowship, where you can study or apply the sciences of natural Ayurvedic Medicine, Hatha Yoga (including the 8 steps of ashtanga), and gem therapy to achieve spiritual well-being. You can also learn to meditate, obtain your horoscope based on Vedic astrology signs, or practice other arts that have their origin in the Vedas. http://www.vedicworld.org/ Balaji Natural Gems www.planetaryjewels.com

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