Having a Tri-doshic constitution means that all three doshas (Vata, Pitta, Kapha) are strong forces in your constitution.
The tri-doshic individual can be very strong, stable, and adaptable when all three doshas are kept in balance. They can also experience poor health when the three doshas are at odds with each other or one or two of the doshas become exaggerated.
The key is to preserving your personal balance is to hone your sensitivity and skills for noticing potential imbalances that may arise externally from your natural, work, or social environments or arise internally from dietary or emotional imbalances and adopt practices that will counter-balance these influences.
Example: In the vata season of the year, usually autumn in the Northern Hemisphere, when the weather is cool, windy, and dry, tri-doshic individuals are advised to conduct themselves as if they were a person with a vata constitution and follow a Vata balancing lifestyle and diet.
The same is true for the other seasons. i.e. – Employ a Pitta balancing regimen when the weather is hot and a Kapha balancing regimen when the weather is cold and damp.
The good news for tri-doshic people is that they are more innately capable of adapting to changing conditions and can use this to their advantage if they remain alert to their changing internal needs and external conditions.
Whether your doshas are quantitatively equal or one or two are a bit more dominant, the strategy for managing them is the same. As mentioned above, you manage them primarily according to the season. Here’s a chart to help make this clear:
|Your Prakriti||During Seasons with||Follow this Dosha|
|Vata-Pitta||Cool & dry or windy weather & Change of seasons||Vata|
|Pitta-Kapha||Cool, damp weather||Kapha|
|Vata-Kapha||Cool & dry or windy weather & Change of seasons||Vata|
|Vata-Kapha||Cool, damp weather||Kapha|
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.
Written by Claudia Welch; reprinted with permission.