Nature Vs Nurture
prakriti - basic body constitution
In Ayurveda it is recognised that we are all born with our own unique ratio of the three energy or mind-body types Vata (air), Pitta (fire) and Kapha (water). This creates our ‘Prakriti’, basic body constitution or natural state. This is essentially our nature, our constitution at birth and in balance. Most commonly this ratio is dominant by one or two of the doshas, or rarely and blend of all three which means you are ‘Tridoshic’. Each mind-body type governs a unique blend of physical characters, mental qualities and personality traits.
vikriti - current constitution
A persons ‘Vikriti’ is your body and state of health, physically, emotionally and mentally in the present moment. Through the different life-stages of childhood, adolescence, adulthood and old age many factors can cause imbalance to your natural constitution. Your Vikrti is essentially your ‘nurture’, your state of being after your birth. Factors such as diet, lifestyle, stress, trauma, fatigue, weather and environmental conditions impact the balance of our doshas. As our external environments are constantly changing, the balance of the doshas in our mind and body are responding and reacting to the motion of these changes, which can lead to imbalance if we do not harness this energy correctly.
Ayurveda as a holistic health system is prevention oriented and the aim is to always gently restore balance to the dosha which has fallen out of alignment, and to prevent illness further manifesting. Any symptoms and sensations of mental, emotional or physical discomfort are signals that there is internal imbalance manifesting that needs to be restored. Through the gentle lifestyle practices of Ayurveda, imbalance can be acknowledge from the root and reversed to bring back health, wellbeing and vitality.