Ayurveda classifies people based on mind and body, which together constitute the Prakriti or the inherent nature. For humans it is your unique psychological and physical nature. So, what is dosha or the body type? It refers to your physical constitution or ‘biological type’. According to its definition in Sanskrit, whatever doosyati is the dosah! This signifies that whatever contaminates the body constitutes doshas. So, these may refer to disease-causing factors or pathogens that eventually lead to diseases.
Different Ayurvedic body types
There are the 3 three main types of biological energies as per these ancient tenets, namely-
Any imbalance related to these three crucial body elements leads to diseases, they are the primary factor or contaminants. Secondary factors are the dhatus or the body tissues, malas or the waste material, and ama or the toxins. These three are the byproducts of and are completely dependent upon dosha imbalances that ultimately lead to various diseases.
Benefits of knowing your Prakriti:
- Get a better understanding of your body and know its requirements
- Maintain an optimal health at all times
- Balance your professional, personal, and family life successfully
- Plan lifestyle according to body requirements
- Plan a diet according to your body type for best benefits
- Remain prepared for imbalance and be aware when it happens
Every individual contains each of the biological elements or doshas in varying degrees. Those persons are indeed who show perfect balance of these. Whichever element dominates in the body your nature will reflect that. The main three physical constitutions based upon the doshas are the following.
Emotional and physical attributes of people in which this element predominates, are likely to resemble air or space. Such individuals are generally restless, mobile, and active, extremely energetic with a fast metabolism, and miniscule muscular developments, having protruding joints that create cracking noises.
The skin will be thin, dry, and rough showing visible veins. Also, their personal, eating, and sleeping habits are generally erratic and irregular with sexual desire and appetite in extreme ranges. They also have fast movements and speech, maybe insomniac, with irregular, weak and fast pulse. Even emotionally and mentally, they are quite rapid, spend money impulsively and quickly, they demonstrate sensitivity, innovation, and creativity.
Their constitutions resemble the element of fire. Generally having a medium height these individuals have higher muscular development, with a warm, soft skin, often perspiring excessively. Their thin hair may be blond or reddish, greying prematurely, skin flush easily and displays moles or freckles. Also the skin is prone to developing rashes, sunburn, bruises or acne. The appetite for both food and sex is quite big in them, they enjoy a moderate sleep, which is not easy to disturb. They have a stable and strong pulse; speak passionately and loudly often, dominating conversations; have sensitive eyes and they dislike heat, sunlight and hot weather.
Extrovert in their temperament they love to remain as the centre of attention. Usually in control of their emotions, these people under stress turn judgmental, angry, or irritable. They manage money quite prudently and are determined, aggressive, decisive and ambitious, aspiring to leadership positions.
When this element predominates people tend to become large, solid, and heavy in built. They are either overweight or are prone to gaining weight quite easily; muscle development is high, round and plump. The skin is moist, smooth, and thick having a few wrinkles, complexion generally is pale/fair, clear, with wavy, thick, and oily hair; teeth is well-formed, white, and strong.
These people have low to moderate appetite with slow digestion; they enjoy buying food stuff, preparing meals, and eating scrumptious, gourmet food. In both activity and movement, they are methodical and slow showing endurance. However, such people tend to be sluggish, with low motivation and quite lethargic, prone to excessive or heavy sleeping.
The pulse is regular, steady, and slow, have a pleasant voice and appearance, and they dislike damp weather. They are slow learners with excellent memories; in spite of being thrifty, they are stable and regular providers, tranquil and serene in emotions they are quite slow when it comes to showing excitement.
So, now that you know about Ayurvedic body type and various doshas, which do you think is your type?.