Keeping your doshas in balance is a very important part of Ayurveda. Your body has its own state of harmony and equilibrium, and it is different for every individual. What I find hard sometimes is to identify when this harmony has been disrupted and my doshas are off balance. Fortunately, Ayurvedic practitioners use a measure termed â€śVikritiâ€ť which can help compare your current state with your optimum state of balance.
It involves analyzing certain characteristics of your bodyâ€™s functioning. These characteristics can provide you with a useful insight into your bodyâ€™s behavior and what your body requires to get back into balance. Such analysis can be very beneficial for both your physical and emotional well being. There are four major areas which you can look at to help determine your imbalance:
- Feeling annoyed and frustrated? â€“ You may have a Pitta Imbalance.
- Are you anxious or feeling nervous? â€“ Vata Imbalance.
- Feeling lethargic or sluggish? â€“ Kapha Imbalance.
- Eating too much and hungry all the time â€“ You may have a Pitta Imbalance.
- Forgetting to eat and passing on meals, with a fluctuating appetite â€“ Vata Imbalance.
- Feeling dull and losing your appetite – Kapha Imbalance.
- Feeling intensely driven or have very intense levels of energy? You may have a Pitta Imbalance.
- Having variations in energy, with a tendency to start many projects but not finish? â€“ Vata Imbalance.
- Feeling lazy, heavy and sluggish? â€“ Kapha Imbalance.
- Heartburn and upper abdomen discomfort â€“ Pitta Imbalance.
- Joint and back pain – May suggest Vata Imbalance
- Sinus and chest problems? Look into a Kapha imbalance.
These are just some of the ways in which your body can tell you about potential issues to consider. Even something as seemingly insignificant as the taste in your month can suggest a Dosha imbalance of some kind.Â This goes all the way back to how you digest food and how your body reacts. Having a sour taste may suggest a Pitta issue and that you should adjust your diet accordingly. The same goes for Kapha, where sweet and salty tastes may be prevalent, and Vata where you may experience a bitter taste.
Vikriti is an invaluable way for both you and I to keep our health in check. It not only makes sure that we are at our best physically, but also mentally and emotionally. For, in Ayurveda, all of these aspects are interlinked together. A better understanding of your bodyâ€™s constitution will lead you to be more conscious of how you live your life. This will in turn help keep your body in its natural state of balance, so you can really feel both physically and mentally strong throughout the year when you are faced with a whole host of different challenges. It is a great way to help manage your health and you can use the checklist at any time to quickly assess what imbalances you may have.
If you’d like to take a more complete questionnaire to get a feel for your vikriti, take our Current Condition test.