Individuals whose constitutions reflect the influence of only one doshas are lucky in the sense that once they know themselves they know how they will react to specific stimuli.
People with dual constitutions (Vata-Pitta, Pitta-Kapha & Vata Kapha) have personalities which are always in a sense “split”: under certain conditions, one dosha will predominate and under other circumstances the other dosha comes to the forefront. The inherent cohesion of personality which characterizes purely Vata, Pitta or Kapha people is more difficult to come by for those of us who have dual personalities, because we strive to balance the demands of two very dissimilar principles. Most individuals are dual in constitution.
It is usually best to manage a dual dosha Prakriti according to the season. For example, if you have a Vata-Pitta Prakriti, follow a Vata-decreasing regimen during cool weather and during changes of seasons. Follow a Pitta-decreasing regimen during warm weather. Here’s a chart to help make this clear:
During Seasons with:
Follow this Dosha:
|Vata-Pitta||Cool & dry or windy weather & Change of seasons||Vata Prakriti|
|Vata-Pitta||Warm Weather||Pitta Prakriti|
|Pitta-Kapha||Cool, damp weather||Kapha Prakriti|
|Pitta-Kapha||Warm weather||Pitta Prakriti|
|Vata-Kapha||Cool & dry or windy weather & Change of seasons||Vata Prakriti|
|Vata-Kapha||Cool, damp weather||Kapha Prakriti|
To learn about each of your primary doshas, click on each of their links above.
No matter what your constitution, any of the three doshas (Vata, Pitta, Kapha) can go out of whack. The most common way for doshas go out of whack is by increasing. They increase due to environmental, emotional or physical conditions or stresses. This brings imbalance to your constitution. Ayurveda says that, left untreated, these imbalances lead to disease.