Prakruti (Prakriti) – Know Yourself Better
Ayurveda is a very common – sense sort of medical system. It uses very simple principles to determinate one’s unique constitution, inborn metabolic pattern called Prakuiti. Prakruti also means Nature, the set of tendencies which determine how we will instinctively react when provoked by a trigger. It was set up at the time of our conception and is influenced by the parents’ genes, mother’s diet and lifestyle and her emotions when pregnant. Many of the traits we like about ourselves arise from this proneness. Many of the qualities we are not that proud of also depend on these tendencies. Knowing your Prakruti allows you to know your body and mind better. Once you understand that these traits are determined by your constitution you can minimize undesired influences by changing your diet and lifestyle.
You have your Prakruti (unique set of Vata,Pitta, and Kapha qualities) for the rest of your life, like it or not. You can, however learn how to prevent health issues and how to deal with them when they arise. You can understand why other people act how they act and find a way to interact with them to everyone’s benefit. You can plan meals, detoxification and rejuvenation program which work best for you and your family members.
Besides Prakruti (which doesn’t change) Ayurveda speaks of Vikruti – a constitution of the moment, one’s current state of health. Vikruti reflects any aspects of diet, lifestyle, emotions, age, environment, etc. that are not in harmony with one’s Prakuiti.
An Ayurvedic physician can determine the difference between your ideal state-Prakruti – and your current state – Vikruti – and create a program to restore the balance. Or you can find it out filling out ‘What is your dosha’ quiz here on this site. Fill it out twice. First base your choices on what is most consistent over a long period of your life and it’ll be your Prakruti. Then fill it out considering how you have been feeling recently in the last month or two and you’ll have your Vikruti.
If your Prakruti and Vikruti are about the same then you will choose the diet and daily routine for your strongest dosha (the one you gained the most points for in Dosha chart). If your Vikruti shows more points for certain dosha than your Prakruti, you should go for diet and daily routine for pacify the aggravated dosha. (See diet and daily routine for Vata, Pitta and Kapha).
TODAY’S TIP: It sounds more complex than it is. Once you incorporate the Dosha principles into your life it actually becomes easier, since you’ll understand your body and mind so much better.