Understand your body and mind
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The doshas play in the realm where light and matter meet and all of creation is manifest. Prior to their manifestation only the gunas exist, form-less energy of potentiality. There are three gunas, Rajas, rajasic energy has the potential to ignite, to activate change and transformation. Whereas Tamas, tamasic energy has the potential to dissolve, to passively regress or recede. Satva, satvice energy is the power that maintains and sustains, it is neutral potentiality.
the gunas reflected in the lotus
satva is the bloom, basking n the light
rajas is the stem, growing upward
tamas is in the roots, moving down into the mud
As this energy descends into the king(and queen)-dom of the manifest world, they are infused with light prana and matter, the elements of earth, water, fire, air and ether.
And the doshas are born
In Ayurveda, the doshas are described as a manifestation of universal consciousness itself. Us humans are made up of the minerals and molecules of nature and we are comprised of varying amounts of the three doshas.
Think of the three doshas as colors, we need all the colours to make up the spectrum. Your life is a blank canvas, it is your artwork, your creation. Understanding the different doshas will help you paint the most gorgeous life. The doshas are a framework used to describe specific qualities and combination of natural elements and how they play out in our body, mind, personality, emotions and senses.
PRAKRITI AND VRIKTIKI
What you need to be aware of is your natural balance point, your unique expression of infinite health, which is determined by your prakriti. Think of your prakriti as your ‘original dosha’ or your natural state. Your prakriti is the dosha you were both with, it’s a combination of your parents dosha, your mother’s mental and physical health before and during pregnancy, as well as the season and place in which you were born. The exact time and place is how your astrological chart is determined, which isn’t exactly your dosha but it does affect your relationships to the elements. For example if you have a lot of fire in your astrological chart, but very little Pitta in your constitution, this will help to balance you out. Another person with a lot of water in their astrological chart and dominant in the Kalpha dosha will have the tendency to become too fluid and out of balance if they don’t cultivate the other elements.
You are made up of the minerals and molecules of nature
Each person’s balance point looks different, and it changes through different cycles of life. If prakriti is your original dosha, then vrikriti is your current dosha, the dosha that is currently showing up as dominant. Another thing you need to be aware of is what your tendencies are, and the potential imbalances that may lead to dis-ease. All disease is a result of dosha imbalance and no disease is purely physical. Understanding your body and mind through ayurveda will help you understand the psyco-somatic relationship and nip imbalances in the bud before they manifest as disease.
I’m inviting you to take a three pronged approach to restoring balance. The first step is diet and you will learn in detail exactly how each dosha needs to be fed in NOURISH. Lifestyle which includes TIME, SLEEP and SEX. The third prong is your yoga practice, which may be the most effective way to change your state ad find your balance point. You can find your dosha balancing yoga practices in LIVING YOGA.
To discover what dosha you are currently dominant in, complete the form below, be sure to keep track of your answers so you can tally them up.
ELEMENT: air, wind + space.
The Vata body type is typically long, lean or lanky. Your bone structure is on the fine, small or delicate side. Vata shows up in the body in the spaces, like the joints which are often cracking or popping, the colon (gas or constipation is common) and hollows of the bones. Vata is also in charge of the nervous system and the physical senses (sight, hearing, scent and talking) and governs all things in motion, including circulation, breathing, communication and elimination. This is typically where we see disease and illness manifesting. If you are experiencing a Vata imbalance, you might notice your sleep being light and easily disturbed, especially through the wee hours 2am- sunrise. You might notice your appetite being irregular - sometimes absent and other times ravenous. Your skin and hair will be dry, prone to cracked heels, chapped lips and frizzy, brittle hair.
The Vata mind and personality type is creative, enthusiastic and free spirited. Being connected to the senses and upper chakras means that Vata types are sensitive to sensory stimulation, are easily inspired, talkative, observant and attuned to the cosmic realms beyond the body. The effect of Vata on the mind can result in anxiety and future orientated worry. Vata types are quick to learn and understand concepts, but can also be forgetful. Feelings of insecurity and overwhelm can be understood as excess Vata and mitigated with a practice of grounding - literally connecting to the earth. Listen to and practice the mantra, meditation and affirmations below. As well as eating a Vata balancing diet and enjoying a Vata balancing yoga practice.
Ruby, garnet, yellow sapphire or onyx
Orange, geranium, rose, ylang ylang, and frankincense
Gifts from nature
Element: fire and water
The Pitta body type is a medium build with flexible joints and well defined muscles. Pitta shows up in the body in the digestive organs, you have a big appetite for food and experiences, often digesting quickly and a tendency for loose stools. Pitta powers the metabolic system and governs all processes of transformation in the body, including cell turn over. This is typically where we see disease and illness manifesting. If you are experiencing a Pitta imbalance, you might notice inflammation in the gut and skin. Think, too much fire and everything becomes inflamed. You might notice your appetite being insatiable - or get ‘hangry’ if you don’t eat regularly enough. Your skin will be prone to irritation, redness and symptoms like eczema, rosacea and rashes are common. Hair is typically fine,with a tendency for hair loss or greying. In the sleep department, you probably need less than others to feel well rested, if there is excess Pitta you might resist sleep in favour of work and play but this will eventually lead to burn out so be sure to get no less than 6 hours a night.
The Pitta mind and personality type is motivated, sharp and focused. Being connected to the fire element, solar plexus and sacral chakras means that Pitta types are powerful leaders and have charismatic, warrior energy. You are the go-getters and change markers of the world. The effect of Pitta on the mind can result in anger and overly critical judgments, both directed towards yourself and onto others. Pitta types can digest alot of information and turn it into action easily. Feelings of irritation and impatience can be understood as excess Pitta and mitigated with a practice of chilling out - literally cooling the mind with dedicated break times each day. Listen to and practice the mantra, meditation and affirmations below. As well as eating a Pitta balancing diet and enjoying a Pitta balancing yoga practice.
Amethyst, pearl, moonstone or opal
Rose, fennel and sandalwood
Gifts from nature
Element: water and earth
The Kalpha body type is a softer, heavier build with bigger bones. Kalpha shows up in the skeleton and fluids of the body (including hormones, fat, mucous and synovial fluids) Kalpha is all about structure, lubrication and binding. Kalpha types are robust, in both the immune system and digestion, as long as you are getting enough movement and not over “fuelling”. Kalpha runs like a diesel engine and can go for miles on very little gas, due to your steady metabolism. The respiratory and lymphatic system is typically where we see disease and illness manifesting. If you are experiencing a Kalpha imbalance, you might notice an overproduction of mucus, holding excess weight and a general feeling of heaviness. Your skin will be prone to oiliness and your hair is usually thick and abundant. When there is Kalpha excess you might feel constantly sleepy or lethargic, rising tired or feeling as if you never fully wake up. It’s important that you move each day, get warm and sweat to avoid getting stagnant or putting on weight.
The Kalpha mind and personality type is empathetic, considered and nurturing. Being connected to the earth and water elements, root and sacral chakras means that Kalpha types are the uniting force in all relationships, ventures and creations. You are the lovers and carers
of the world. The effect of Kalpha on the mind is being extremely considerate of others, and emotionally intune. But it can also result in getting stuck in a rut, staying in roles and relationships beyond the expiration date. An excess of Kalpha can lead to depression and over-giving, to the point of total depletion. This can be understood as excessive Kalpha and mitigated with spontaneity and lightness. Don’t take yourself too seriously! Listen to and practice the mantra, meditation and affirmations below.Eating a Kalpha balancing diet and enjoying a Kalpha balancing yoga practice will also help to balance things out.
Garnet, blue sapphire or cat’s eye
Rosemary, eucalyptus, peppermint and basil