Disease Tendencies of the Three Yoga-Ayurveda Qualities

26 Jan

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Vikruti or Imbalance

Our current state of imbalance, or Vikruti, is the best place to start in assessing our own health. Once we are fully aware of we are in terms of mind, body and spirit, then we can take the necessary steps toward harmony and health. We can group the most common Virkutis, or imbalances, under general headings. If your imbalance is under a specific dosha, then the first steps to return to balance would be to consult the relevant dosha balancing guidelines. For example, if your imbalance is one of vata, then you should turn to the vata guidelines for guidance on how to bring yourself back into balance.

Vata Vikruti
This imbalance is characterized by the following characteristics:

  1. Insomnia
  2. Fatigue
  3. Inability to relax
  4. Restlessness
  5. Low appetite
  6. Worry
  7. Distractedness
  8. Decreased mental focus
  9. Inability to think logically
  10. Dry skin
  11. Low stamina
  12. Increased gas
  13. Increased bloating
  14. Lower back pain
  15. Aching joints
  16. Headaches
  17. Craps

In order to balance Vata, you should:

  • Keep warm
  • Keep calm
  • Minimize intake of raw foods
  • Use oil dressings when you must eat raw foods
  • Eat moderately warm foods, such as heated, unhomogenized milk
  • Avoid extremely cold temperatures
  • Eat warm spices
  • Keep a regular routine
  • Take periods of rest and relaxation after intense work
  • Eat regularly
  • Make sure your food is moist and lubricated. Good foods to eat are soups, hot drinks, and rice with a little ghee
  • Create a calm, safe and secure environment for yourself
  • Try sweet tastes like pumpkin, fennel, stewed apples and a little honey
  • Avoid astringent and bitter substances, as they can increase bloating and cause gas

Pitta Vikruti
This imbalance is characterized by the following characteristics:

  1. Increased hunger
  2. Increased body heat
  3. Difficulty falling asleep
  4. Fainting
  5. Dizziness
  6. Loose, smell stool
  7. Flatulence
  8. Anger
  9. Cold Pallor
  10. Hostility
  11. Impatience
  12. Boils
  13. Rashes
  14. Acne
  15. Increased body odour
  16. Itchiness
  17. Stress
  18. Addictions

In order to balance Pitta, you should:

  • Avoid excessive heat
  • Avoid excessive steam
  • Eat cooling, non-spicy foods
  • Drink cool, but not iced drinks
  • Exercise during the cooler part of the day
  • Avoid become too intense or single-minded in your working life
  • Meditate to create peace internally
  • Develop a loving, calm home life
  • Avoid excess oils, fried foods, caffeine, salt, red meat and hot spices
  • Emphasize fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Enjoy milk, cottage cheese and whole grains
  • Also enjoy kitchari, mung dahl, almonds, egg whites, tofu, tempeh and paneer
  • Also try cooling spices such as coriander, turmeric, saffron, dill, fennel, mint, parsley, cardamom and cumin
  • Try some organic, raw sugar, but try to avoid honey as it is too heating
  • Get plenty of fresh air, and enjoy nature
  • Trust your feelings, and express them in ways that support you, and those around you

Kapha Vikruti
This imbalance is characterized by the following characteristics:

  1. Decreased digestion
  2. Increased salivary secretions
  3. Lethargy after meals
  4. Fluid retention
  5. Pallor
  6. Sleepiness
  7. Laziness
  8. Weight gain
  9. Productive cough
  10. Thick white moss on tongue
  11. Asthma
  12. Blocked sinuses
  13. Dullness
  14. Possessiveness
  15. Depression
  16. Greediness
  17. Inability to change and adapt
  18. Over-attachment

In order to balance Kapha, you should:

  • Get plenty of exercise
  • Avoid heavy foods
  • Keep active
  • Vary your routine
  • Avoid dairy foods (or have a little unhomogenised milk, warm and with spices)
  • Avoid all iced drinks. Cold water is not OK!
  • Avoid fatty and fried foods
  • Eat light, dry foods
  • Have regular massages to improve circulation and lymphatic drainage
  • Avoid sweets
  • Avoid excessive amounts of bread and pasta
  • Choose foods which are generally warmer in temperature
  • Avoid sweets
  • Welcome excitement and change into your life as much as possible
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