Prakruti vs. Vikruti
Hi Monica. So the different doshas govern the different seasons and those found to be dominant in me govern me in much the same way? But what if one finds himself to be 100% pitta. Would 100% pitta be the balance point for him? If he were hot in summer, then he would be in his natural balanced state and therefore not seek to cool…(?) I guess I am still unclear on ones place of balance. Is it at his dosha combination, to which he must seek to return whenever he strays from it, or at a place that might soothe the extremes of his dosha combination? So to what dosha belongs the trait of not registering anything unless you are convinced you got it one hundred percent… :) Thanks Monica. Ilan.
Ilan, this is such a rad question(s). Definitely worth writing, graphing, and chatting about for all to see! When I was first learning Ayurveda, dosha balance was clear as day! And then as I learned more, my brain quickly turned into a mudball of dosha confusion. Hopefully these little graphs will help. When we are born, our prakruti is our natural balance. It’s pure, it’s us. It’s an individual mixture of doshas unique to each of us. So, prakruti is our unique balance and perfect health. See this sample below. This is a vata-pitta person in equal amounts with a little bit of kapha. This is their prakruti, their born-in doshic balance. Get it? Ok…
…then we start living. We choose things, do things, eat things, and experiencing things which can change our make up. When we deviate from our prakruti, it’s called vikruti, which basically means imbalance. Per your question specifically, the 100% pitta person in summer will be given even MORE heat from the season…pushing that 100% pitta person OVER 100%. So they need to stay cool, to keep their 100%. Does that make sense?
Per this example, vata season may have increased this person’s vata, which also reduces their pitta and kapha. A myriad of things can increase a dosha. Maybe they ate vata increasing foods, or work too much, have a very busy schedule and are lacking sleep. We pay close attention to seasons particularly because we are influenced and driven by the nature around us, which is why we try to balance the dosha of that season We can’t control the season, but we can control our behavior so we don’t go vata, pitta or kapha crazy. Notice when one goes up, the others go down.
So the goal is, perfect health right? Perfect health is maintaining your unique balance throughout life! Perfect health is your prakruti – you always want to be, there. The way to maintain balance is to mind the nature that surrounds us (seasons), the food we eat, the company we keep, and the lifestyle we lead. In a nutshell, anyway :) Hope this helps??? Let me know! Also, if you guys want to draw little prakruti and vikruti charts of YOU, take a pic with your smart phone and email them to me. I’ll post them up! :) Fun, hey!? XOXO!