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- One person could be physically overactive while the other prefers watching television or reading books
- Members of the same family have the same type of food; still some members have a tendency to fall sick at the slightest trigger while others do not
- There is this one person with all the good habits who still catches all sorts of diseases while the other has all the wrong diets and habits but still never does
- Some people have severe headache when they come back home from a sunny day while some are completely unaffected by the heat of the sun
- Some people are very comfortable in winters while others suffer from recurrent attacks of cold and cough due to cold weather
- Children are fond of ice-creams but some can have as many as they want without getting any health problems while some others tend to have sore throat
- Some people are easy going in nature while some others are perfectionists
- Some people tend to get very nervous at any situation while others can calmly handle any difficult situation
- Some gain weight at the slightest overeating while others remain slim despite eating a lot
This is because of different mind-body constitutions of the individuals.
Let us talk about Mind-Body Constitution Analysis.
Body constitution is the distinct bio-physiological or genetic constitution an individual is born with. This is called ‘Prakriti’ in Ayurveda. ‘Pra’ refers to before/beginning/commencement or the source of origin and the word ‘Kriti’ denotes creation. As a whole it means the original form of the being. The prakriti of an individual is determined at the point of conception and it refers to the distinct bio-physiological constitution and the innermost nature of an individual. The constitution of the body depends on the ratio of the three doshas (Vata, Pitta, Kapha) present in the body at the time of conception. This constitution remains constant and unchanged throughout his life. Trying to change yourself is equivalent to fighting with your genes to change them.
This is the reason why we find that every individual is unique and different from the other. This may be regarding the physical structure, temperament, habits, mannerisms or preferences. This uniqueness is due to individual mind-body-connect of all human beings. The main purpose of knowing the body constitution is to encourage yourself to get a little closer to knowing who you are. With the lifestyle today, many of us have lost touch with our real selves. We neither recognize our personal strengths and weaknesses nor do we have an idea of what is good for us and what is not.
The constitution of the body depends on the ratio of the three doshas present in the body. There are seven types of Body Constitutions formed by various permutations & combinations of these three doshas. It is very important to balance these doshas and modify your lifestyle as per your constitution. The imbalance of these doshas causes ill-health. By knowing the mind-body-constitution we come to know about the steps we should take to stay healthy, the treatment to adopt if we are ill. The diet as well as daily and seasonal lifestyle adjustments can be made as per the constitution. The understanding helps us know why we like or dislike certain foods or things, why we overreact to certain situations or why we sometimes feel over-tired or depressed.
Here’s a glimpse of a few common signs of imbalance of these doshas:
Vata: Mental instability, confusion, insomnia, anxiety, headache, joint pain, indigestion.
Pitta: Skin disorders, short temper, acidity, burning micturation.
Kapha: Respiratory disorders, sluggishness, feeling sleepy, constipation, laziness.
Many of our problems come from wishing to be like someone else. As we come to understand our constitution, instead of wishing to be like someone else, we can learn to enjoy who we are and seek out the things that will balance and support us.