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Tridosha - Three Basic energies described in Ayurveda

Physical appearance of people according to Prakriti (Dosha Predominance)

S.No.Physical CharacterVataPittaKapha
1Body frameLean, TallMedium Broad
2Body MovementsRestless, MobileModerateCalm, Slow
3WeightLowModerateHeavy
4EyesDull, Dry, SmallSharp, ShiningBright, Big
5Nails Brittle, Dry Soft, PinkSoft, White
6SkinDry, Rough, Cool, DullSoft, Oily, WarmThick, Cool, Moist
7TeethProtruding, Uneven Yellowish, evenStrong, Even, White
8HairDark, Dry, thinSoft, Oily Dense, Moist, wavy
9ThirstVariableExcessive Minimal
10AppetiteVariableGoodMinimal
11UrineFrequentYellowish Infrequent
12SleepDisturbed SoundDeep, Excessive
13Sex desire and StaminaVariable, Low Stamina Excessive, Moderate Stamina Slow arousa, Sustained Good Stamina

Psychological/Mental characteristics of people with various Prakritis (Dosha dominance)

S.No.Mental Character VataPittaKapha
1MemoryShort term, Good Grasping, Quickly forgets Good Understanding, Intelligent Long term, Slow Grasping, Good Retention
2TemperamentNervous, Quickly Agitated Determined, Loose Calm, Slow
3DreamsFalling, flyingFire, ViolenceRomantic,Peaceful
4Moods SwingingAgitatedSlow changes
5CreativityCreativeLogical, Technical Entrepreneurial
6Hobbies/ Interests Travel, ArtSports PoliticsSerene
7Finance Management Poor, Lavish SpendingModerate, Buys luxuriesExcellent, Planned expenditure
8MindRestless, anxiousAggressive, CleverCalm, Slow

The Human Constitution – Body types or Prakriti Analysis in Ayurvedic Science

Another concept that is unique to Ayurveda is Prakriti (The Constitution). The physical, mental and personality characteristics of a person are known as "Prakriti" or Constitution of the person. The Prakriti is further classified into two types – physical and mental.

The Prakriti of a person is determined at the time of conception and depends upon the state of doshas at that time. The people are classified into Vata, Pitta and Kapha types. It is also common for a person to have traits of one or more doshas in his personality and that makes it twin dosha or tri dosha personalities.

The Seven Combinations of Doshas, Which Lead to The Following Body Types of Humans, are Classified as:-

  1. Vata type
  2. Pitta Type
  3. Kapha Type
  4. Vata-Pitta Type
  5. Pitta-Kapha Type
  6. Vata-Kapha Type
  7. Vata-Pitta-Kapha Type

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