We wonder sometimes that why under similar conditions,people and their body react in a different way, why do we exhibit diversity in size, shape, complexion,
energy levels, emotional responses, intelligence & health.
Ayurveda has answer of all these curiosities. The concept of Prakriti in Ayurveda is unique and has explanation for this.
a) Physical functioning : Physical structure, complexion, hair colour, digestive capacity, appetite.
Prakriti is our body constitution. Every person is born with a definite genetic constitution, determined by dominant doshas (three vital energies), genetic &
environmental factors, Food and lifestyle of the mother and of course the five elements (Panchamahabhuta) that make up a fetus. There are three major types of
Prakriti and these reflect predominance of that particular Dosha. Our body behaves according to the status of Dosha Prakriti. Each constitution offers a distinct
physical & mental profile.
b) Mental & Emotional behavioral pattern.
If we know our prakriti then we can avoid health problems by following regimen that suits our prakriti.
There are seven possible Prakriti (constitution) types -