What is Dosha balance anyway?

Books and practitioners of Ayurveda are talking about “balancing the doshas”. It can be confusing to talk about this, because it may seem you have to give yourself equal amounts from all three. Doing this, however, is not only impractical but also incredibly boring, impractical because it is against our nature, and boring because everyone would be the same!

The secret is to find your own “balance”. This should start by correcting any severe imbalances in your vikruti (or your current dosha mix). After this level, you should work to keep your prakruti (or your permanent dosha mix), by maintaining the new balanced condition with daily routine.

What do we do with our dosha?

The purpose of Ayurveda is to stabilize your vikruti and counteract the negative tendencies of your prakruti. By stabilizing the doshas, you find balance, or health. The question “What’s out of balance that needs stabilizing?” will be answered only by identifying your doshas and getting to know your mind and body more intimately while learning to identify the particular imbalances of each dosha.

Take the Dosha test to here to identify your prakruti and your vikruti in order to get a better understanding of yourself, your tendencies towards imbalance and how best to counteract them. As your vikruti, or current/temporary dosha mix will vary from season to season, it is good to test yourself every few months to see how you are changing and how you might change your diet and habits to better address your current needs. The prakruti test, however, as it indicates your permanent dosha mix shouldn’t render significantly different results throughout the duration of your life.

When working your vikruti, search and identify your problem by concentrating on the symptoms that are taking place now, or the ones that have occurred consistently during the last two weeks. Some of the conditions in the questionaire may have nothing to do with the problems you are currently encountering, while others may be spot on. This is normal. They represent the most common of the different doshas, and give you a general framework to help you identify imbalances.

Once you have identified your prakruti, or permanent doshic mix and tendencies, you can learn more about these doshas and what imbalances they are prone to. Observe how the elements that make the doshas are reflected by the symptoms in the test.

Let’s see an example: Kapha imbalances reflect the stagnation and heaviness of water. Common symptoms are laziness or lethargy, congestion, weight gain, etc. Pitta imbalances reflect the action of fire, which is burning. Common imbalances involve hypertension, aggressiveness, anger, and acid reflux. Vata imbalances reflect the drying, airy, disruptive powers of the wind. Common imbalances include erraticism and nervousness, dryness of the skin, mouth, eyes, and sinuses, gaseousness/flatulence etc.

It is important to also observe how the symptoms in the questionaire reflect the elements comprising the doshas. This can help you better understand your own dosha mix and its tendencies. For instance, the clues are also being given by the location of symptoms. Even though every cell of the human body is composed of every dosha, certain parts of the body are ‘governed’ by certain doshas. This is why the symptoms appear in parts of the body where the dosha resides. Vata imbalance takes place in cases of intestinal disturbances, pains or constipation. It is because Vata is located in the lower part of the torso. Pitta is in the middle third of the torso, in the small intestine, the symptoms being heartburn and even ulcers. For the upper part of the torso we have the Kapha, which’s imbalances many times produce chest issues like congestion. However, this is not a hardfast rule, as doshas permeate the body and the symptoms may manifest throughout.

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