Acknowledge your Prakriti
God has created every individual with different body features, different nature, different food habits etc., all these traits according to Ayurvedic Perspective is known as Prakriti of that person. You should acknowledge your Prakriti and transform your health by simple ways which includes –
• Preventive health practices for total mind-body-spirit balance
Chronic diseases are the leading causes of death and disability in present world scenario, and a leading driver of healthcare expenses, which makes preventive health so important.
Watch for Vata qualities like dryness and cold that eventually affect joint health. As a Vata person, you should be careful of this right from childhood and balance them with opposite principles through hydrating, oleating with oil in your diet, regular self-massages, staying warm and eating warm foods.
• Balanced dietary habits to maximize nutrition, digestion and absorption
All the food items are classified in Ayurveda based on their elemental compositions into Shadrasa, or six tastes, ( Madhur- sweet, Amla-sour, Lavana-salty, Katu-bitter, Tikta-pungent, Kasaya-astringent ) that are suitable in different amounts for the various types of Prakriti. All tastes are necessary for a balanced diet, though you will benefit from favoring or minimizing certain tastes at different times of the year and for your Prakriti.
For example, as a Kapha person, you can follow a “Kapha diet” by favoring bitter, pungent and astringent tastes, and eat warm and light foods. Such simple adjustments can prevent heaviness, lethargy and congestion, especially during winter and spring – which are known for Kapha seasons. A Pitta prakriti person diet should prefer sweet, bitter and astringent tastes, and a Vata prakriti person may emphasize sweet, salty and sour tastes.
• General lifestyle preferred changes for feeling your best!
Your overall lifestyle should be adjusted accordingly once you get knowledge of Doshas.
As someone who is Vata-Pitta, you know that you have a tendency to overdo things and burn out. To adjust according to these doshas , it is preferred to make time to go over your priorities each morning and exclude anything from your routine which isn’t necessary. You should have build in breaks for meals, walks and meditation, setting an alarm so you don’t miss your planned routine. All these efforts helps you slow down consciously.
• Properly adjusted sleep patterns for better rest and improved energy
Sleep is one of the three pillars of health told in Ayurveda and have the capability to make all the difference to your health. Sleep recommendations are personalized, too!
If you’re a Kapha person, you don’t need as much sleep as any other Prakriti, and should avoid daytime sleep, especially during spring. This simple alteration in your daily routine can help with depression and respiratory ailments.
• Exercise and yoga preferences
Exercise and yoga can be a gem in your health crown to your unique Prakriti to ensure the most benefits, and no negative side effects from your activity.
As a Vata prakriti individual, you could have degenerative tendencies and need strengthening exercises and grounding yoga. Pitta prakriti person are stronger but can be overly competitive and should avoid burnout. Kaphaj people are known for taking things too easily, but have good strength and need more exercise!
• Select a job and hobbies to meet your needs
Your career and hobbies can align with your talents and tendencies through the knowledge of Doshas.
Imagine a start-up company: Vata would have the brilliant idea, Pitta, the drive to set up the company and lead it and Kapha, the ability to sustain it!
As a Kapha person, you would do well in customer service since Kapha tends to be patient and nurturing. As a Pittaj person, you could get triggered in an unorganized environment, and as a Vata person, you are likely to lose focus easily in long, ponderous meetings! Vata-Pitta could burn out easily, Pitta-Kapha are organized yet patient and Vata-Kapha have the creative ideas and wherewithal to sustain them! Knowing yourself helps you pick a career, optimize strengths and adapt your interactions with colleagues
• Harmonious relationships and the ability to help family and community
What is the Prakriti of your family members and friends? As you dive deeper into Ayurveda, besides knowing yourself, you may be able to help your community make lifestyle adjustments. You would also be able to empathize with people better and have harmonious relationships, thus acknowledge your Prakriti.
Have you encountered someone who gets angry and argumentative easily? This person could very well be Pitta dominant. Then there are those who are quiet and don’t express an opinion or preference easily. Most likely they are Kaphaj ! You know not to be combative with a Pitta person, to enjoy the whimsical side of Vata and the stability a Kapha brings in a relationship!
• Adaptivity to your surroundings
You are a part of nature no matter what so ever is your Prakriti type and adapting to it can help you with your health.
A Vata, Pitta and Vata-Pitta aggravation is likely to get worse in dry, arid lands (Jangala Desha) but they can learn to balance this with awareness. Vata, Kapha and Vata-Kapha disorders are more common in marshy lands (Anupa desha). A more temperate climate (Sadharana Desha) is Dosha balancing. You can customize your diet and nutrition to balance the qualities of your surroundings.
• Adapting to daily, seasonal, natural rhythms and stages of the life cycle
Being mindful about natural rhythms can help you adapt your lifestyle.
Afternoon is Pitta time and the best time to have your heaviest meal. Pitta is also more likely to be aggravated in young adults and in the summer. Knowing your constitution allows you to make adjustments to minimize these kinds of imbalances.
• Mental health and stress management
Stress can lower immunity and makes you susceptible to many diseases, Ayurveda is a holistic science that acknowledges the mind-body connection. Understanding your tendencies helps you manage stress that’s how you could acknowledge your Prakriti by improving mental health.
Are you a Pitta person who tends to fly off the handle? A Vata with a tendency to anxiety who needs to follow a routine, oleate and stay grounded?
Mental health management also involves an understanding of the Mental Doshas, or Gunas – Sattva, Rajas and Tamas.
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