Vikriti: Your Current ConditionBy
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- March 06, 2011
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Vikriti: Determining Your Current State of Balance
Before you take this Vikriti (current state of balance) test, it is useful to know your Prakriti (natural state of balance, also known as, your Ayurvedic constitution). If you already know your Prakriti, please proceed. If you are interested in learning what your Ayurvedic constitution is, please take this simple Prakriti self-test first Vikriti is a Sanskrit word loosely translated as a "changed condition of body, mind and consciousness." In Ayurveda, it is most often used to describe your current state of health (or ill-health) in relation to your Prakriti, or "natural state." While Prakriti, your natural constitution, remains stable throughout life and encompasses characteristics like eye color and height, Vikriti can fluctuate yearly, monthly, daily or even minute-to-minute. These fluctuations are a constant, healthy part of life. It is not the changes but our resistance or inability to make necessary adjustments to the changes that causes one or more doshas (vata, pitta or kapha) to become imbalanced. The most common way for a dosha to become imbalanced is by increasing beyond its natural equilibrium. The most dominant dosha often increases more quickly than the other doshas because we tend to perpetuate what we know best. This is especially true for vata because it has a mobile quality that makes it quick to vitiate. Gratefully it can be the easiest to bring back to balance, for the same reason. Regardless of your constitution-type, any of the three doshas can increase and when a dosha increases, an environment where disease can flourish is fostered. For example, increased vata may lead to anxiety or nervousness, increased pitta may lead to a skin rash and increased kapha may lead to an overweight condition. These are usually temporary conditions that can be addressed by bringing the doshas back into balance. To help find out if any of your doshas are currently increased and how to bring them back to balance, please take the following short evaluation. Answer the questions based on your current condition rather than according to what is usually true, used to be true or you wish were true. At the end of the evaluation you will be directed to guidelines to restore balance to your constitution. Note: Even a thoughtful test cannot take the place of an evaluation by a qualified Ayurvedic practitioner. An evaluation by your practitioner may be even more accurate.
The above information was written by Dr. Claudia Welch and edited by Melody Mischke for the exclusive use of Banyan Botanicals. The information is protected by copyright and may not be reprinted without the written permission of Dr. Claudia Welch and Banyan Botanicals. More about Dr. Claudia Welch
The above Vikriti test and results are intended as a convenient tool to provide practical information on your Ayurvedic constitutional type. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. In addition, it should be noted that while this information should be considered highly useful it is not meant to replace the skilled constitutional analysis of a professionally trained Ayurvedic Physician.