All of this being said, there are as many elemental expressions as there are people. Many of us are dominant in more than one dosha, making us Vata-Pitta, Pitta-Kapha, Vata-Kapha or Tridoshic, an even blend of them all. We all have a completely unique blend of the elements within us. As we understand the elements more intimately and how they express in our individual lives, we can better evaluate our state of balance. This gives us a more informed perspective as to what practices and therapies will be most balancing at a given time. Ayurveda always asks the question “For Whom and When?”
Prakruti vs Vikruti
There are two frames of reference as we begin to look at the unique blend of energies within our personal beings. Prakruti and Vikruti.
Prakruti is our baseline constitution, determined at conception, that is consistent throughout our lives. This is the constitution we are born with and therefore, will be the first indicator as to what our genetic strengths and weaknesses might be. Prakruti is formed as a result of our personal karma, our parent’s genetic traits, and our mother’s diet, lifestyle and choices while we are in utero. We arrive into this life with a certain set of lessons to learn and the state we arrive in is one of our first lessons. Our bodily, spiritual and mental dispositions are inherited from our ancestral line, our parent’s lifestyles and our karmic patterns.
Vikruti is our current state of balance. It is manifested through environment, diet lifestyle, experiences and relationships throughout our lives. Vikruti is affected by the choices of our caretakers in our formative years as well as the choices we make for ourselves throughout our lives. Outer factors we cannot control and factors we can, influence Vikruti. Our state of balance is constantly changing, moment to moment, based on the ebbs and flows of our life’s journey. When we understand our Prakruti and Vikruti, we can move closer to our original unique nature using the wisdom of Ayurveda.
Understanding the elements of Ayurveda, how they express through the doshas and our Prakruti and Vikruti, help us put together the pieces of the puzzle for our personal road map to health and bliss. The true goal of Ayurveda is one-ness. One-ness with ourselves, with nature and with the Universe. As we learn about our unique nature and refine our lives based on these principles, we allow ourselves to return to who we are at the core of our being. As we begin to understand our true nature and make an effort to align with it, our lives seamlessly begin to improve. Our deepest desires and soul’s purpose our magnetically drawn to us by the Universe and we find more fulfillment, peace and joy in all aspects of life.
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Resources mentioned: Dr. Vasant Lad, P.C., Sahara Rose Ketabi, Traci Webb