In Ayurveda it is important to know your energetic constitution (Prakrit). It allows you to understand how you fit into the universe.
We can be one of the 7 combinations of Doshas: Kapha, Pitta, or Vata. These doshas hold a powerful significance. They are seen within our life cycles, daily rhythms, and in a cellar level, within the body.
The doshas are made up of the Great 5 Elements.
Vata is made up of Ether and Air
Pitta is Fire and Water
Kapha is Earth and Water
The elements and doshas have qualities that are specific and have the power to create change within our physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual bodies.
The 20 Qualities of each dosha are:
Vata: Dry, light, Cold, Rough, Subtle, Mobile, and Clear
Kapha: Heavy, Slow/dull, Cold, Oil, Slimy/smooth, Dense, Soft, Static, Sticky
Pitta: Hot, Sharp, Light, Liquid, Oily, and Spreading
These qualities are seen throughout nature and coincide with our life cycles.
We may notice babies are building muscles and tissues. It is prime time for Kapha qualities. Kapha is seen from birth to 13 years old. We are heavy, slow, and static. We are working to build and create stability within our bodies.
As we age into our teen years into our 50’s, we reach the Pitta phase in life. We are sharp, fiery, have passionate vision, and courage. It is a time of great change for the body. It is a phase that last from puberty to menopause.
The last stage of our lives is the Vata phase. Which last from 50 years old until death. Our bodies are more dry, cold, rough, and we are more focused on what we give our senses.
Being aware of the milestones and elemental changes that we share with the cycles of life, is beautiful. It is the very meaning of being human.
Knowing how to care for yourself is important.
It does not matter where you are in life, understanding your energy, and having a good daily routine can create positive changes.
The doshas are present in the daily rhythms. We can choose to live with these daily cycles or we can try and go against our nature. We know through scientific studies, that the human body does not do well with out rest, proper nutrition, and sunlight.
Just like the beautiful flowers we are, If we adjust some of our routines to work with the universal energIes, we can become more powerful in our pursuits. The doshas rule certain times of the day. Since they have different qualities, it is important to schedule your day with the appropriate actions. You can try altering your schedule and taking note of your experience.
Kapha governs 6am/pm to 10am/pm: It is a time for slow movements, eating a light breakfast and preparing for the day. At night we get ready for sleep and slow down.
Pitta rules 10am/pm to 2am/pm: During the day pitta is organizing and taking action. Having lunch as your biggest meal is recommended. At night we transition into deep and REM sleep cycles.
Vata time of the day is 2am/pm to 6am/pm: During the late evening hours this time is meant for communicating and socializing. Eating a light meal is recommended. At the early morning hours we are in our last stages of REM sleep. It is optimal for our bodies to rise with the sun and it is a good time to practice meditation.
As each day goes by, we must also be aware of the changing seasons. The doshas are also reflected in the seasons. Each of the factors play a role in finding balance in your health. The seasons hold firm qualities that can alter your energy. We can make subtle changes that can protect ourselves from the harsh elements.
Kapha is seen in the Spring. You are able to see the earth come alive in the spring with new wet growth, dense vegetation, heavy, cold, and slimy qualities.
During the Shift from Winter to Spring, Kapha can be imbalanced
Pitta is the Summer season. It is hot, humid, sharp, light, and oily.
During the shift from Spring to Summer, Pitta can be aggravated.
Vata is experienced in the Fall/Winter season. The air is dry, light, cold, and rough.
From Fall to Winter, Vata is prone to irritation.
Knowing more about ourselves and the world around us can help us live a better life. As we enter into the upcoming Vata season, reflect on how the elements and doshas are influencing your day to day habits. Depending on what you eat and other factors, your lifestyle can be serving you or causing harm.
The key to balancing the elements and energies is knowing that.
When foods, and seasons share the SAME qualities, it causes an INCREASE the quality that is SHARED.
Like Increases Like.
When they share Opposite qualities then they create a decrease in the quality.
Opposite qualities bring balance.
Putting this big puzzle of life together can be daunting, but making small lifestyle changes can help you find balance, and allow yourself come back to your true nature.