Determining Your Constitution
“Asking the proper question is the central action of transformation- in fairy tales, in analysis, and in individuation. The key question causes germination of consciousness. The properly shaped question always emanates from an essential curiosity about what stands behind. Questions are the keys that cause the secret doors of the psyche to swing open.”
― Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Women Who Run With the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype
We spend a good deal of our lives trying to figure out who we are. When we are babies we play with our fingers and toes, we look deep into the eyes of our caregiver, we touch, we taste and we feel all manner of stimuli. Our little baby minds are sure that our reason for being is to experience as much of our environment as we can.
When we grow into adolescence we explore in new ways. We push the edges of our boundaries, we question authority, we begin to move toward life goals. We walk around with an air of certainty; we are sure that we have this incredible life all figured out.
Often during adulthood we experience awakenings, moments of greater clarity, an intuitive sense that we have within us untapped potential. We find ourselves transforming in many ways. We may change careers or go back to work after years of raising a family. We may finally take that hobby and turn it into something we do to earn our keep. We may choose a simpler way of life or we may begin to splurge in ways that were unavailable to us before. We constantly ask ourselves who we are. It is a lifelong process.
In Ayurveda we are interested in our constitution. It is a helpful clue as to how we respond to the outer and inner worlds. There are three types of constitutions, Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Vata is comprised of the Air and Ether elements and is all about movement. Pitta is comprised of the Fire and Water elements and is all about transformation. Kapha is comprised of Earth and Water and is all about structure and form. We all have some of each of these constitutions within us; usually however, one is predominant. Understanding your true nature helps you to understand what type of food and movement are supportive and conversely, what types of food and movement may cause imbalances.
As a practitioner, I would determine your Prakriti by looking at your physical form, listening to how you speak, hearing your story and checking your pulse. Another helpful tool is to have you fill out a constitution questionnaire. This provides an invaluable amount of information. If you would like to begin this journey of discovery, download and complete this Constitution Form. I would be honored to work with you.