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Ayurveda 101: The Constitution (prakriti)

Poonam Bhatia

Pinpointing Your Prakriti

Today, we would like to talk about the Prakriti, or constitution. The idea is that we are born with certain qualities and that these qualities stay with us for our entire lives unless purposely changed (through meditation, breathing and good associations). Because we are each made up of qualities, we are inherently different from one another. Therefore, there is no answer that works for everyone in terms of the physical and mental health. The qualities are broken into 5 different elements (fire, water, space, air and earth) which are then grouped into doshas (Vata, Pitta, Kapha).

Dominated by Doshas

We then need to understand what each person's dominant dosha is. A person can have a dominant dosha mixed with a combination of the others. Once we learn their this, we can understand more about their health and how they function in the world. Therefore it is useful to understand your personal Prakriti so you can then develop methods to keep yourself healthy.

Share what you know about your dosha and prakriti!


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