How does ayurveda understand why we have symptoms like: bloating, gas, constipation, diarrhea, anxiety, depression, weight gain, or loss...? The idea is called our current state of imbalance—imbalance in our natural elemental quality. That imbalance is called “vikriti.”(As with many Sanskrit words, vikriti and vikruti, are both correct. They are simply from different transliterations) Everyone is born with a specific amount of each element: Earth, Water, Air, Fire and Ether (space). That is why bodies look so different. Our unique mix of biological humors is called our “prakriti.” It is made up all of the elements. We understand this elemental make up as our dosha prakriti or our constitution. When we have a diet, environment and/or season change, our lifestyle is not supportive of our biological humor or constitution. Then, we are imbalanced or in “vikriti.” This state of imbalance is not static and changes with the hour of the day, season of the year and chronological stage of life.
Please take the following little self-test to see what currently seems to be most imbalanced in your constitution. You make decisions based upon vikruti as to how to best balance your digestion, even knowing what specific asana might be best for you to bring balance to your constitution or true nature.
Please answer questions according to how you have been feeling over the past month.
If you had a higher Vata than either Pitta or Kapha then you need to focus on not only cleansing, but on pacifying Vata dosha or air element. If your Pitta was the high score, even if it ties with Vata, you will need to pacify your fire a bit. Now if your Kapha was the high score, or tied with one or two others then you need to pay attention to pacifying this dosha or Earth and Water elements as we are moving into that season and the qualities of Kapha—wet, dense, gooey, stable, slow, dull and cold—will continue to accumulate and you will be even more imbalanced.
Kathryn Templeton, MA, RDT/MT, E-RYT 500, is an Ayurvedic practitioner who has devoted her life to the health of others. A psychotherapist for more than 30 years, Kathryn is a master teacher in the field of Drama Therapy and continues to work both clinically and as an educator specializing in the treatment of individuals with complex trauma. As an E-RYT 500, NAMA Certified Ayurvedic practitioner and senior Para Yoga teacher, Kathryn has worked to develop specialized treatments integrating the... Read more>>