According to Ayurveda, each person is influenced by certain elements more than others. This is because of their body constitution. Ayurveda categorizes the different body constitutions into three different doshas:
- Vata dosha, in which the air and space elements dominate.
- Pitta dosha, in which the fire element dominates.
- Kapha dosha, in which the earth and water elements dominate.
Doshas affects not just the shape of one’s body, but also bodily tendencies (like food preferences and digestion) and the temperament of one’s mind and emotions. For example, the earth element in people with Kapha dosha is evident in their solid, sturdy body type, their tendency for slower digestion, their strong memory, and their emotional steadiness.
Most people’s prakriti is made up of a combination of two doshas. For example, people who are “Pitta Kapha” will have the tendencies of both Pitta dosha and Kapha dosha, with Pitta dominating.
By understanding the qualities of our natural body constitution we are better able to do what is needed to keep ourselves healthy and in balance. This course of understanding our body and mind is incredibly valuable because it lets you develop preventive living. Your constitution establishes the long-term likelihood for your body to slip into ill health in very particular ways. By understanding those ways, you can live in ways that support your overall health and wellbeing and draw the most on your inherent gifts.