Ayurveda is all about the qualities of nature and each person has their own unique make-up of these qualities. So as simple as the doshas may seem, it can be a little tricky when we try to self-diagnose, unless you’ve done the training. This is because there are many factors to take into consideration like age, season, natural make up and current imbalance.
For years I wanted to self-diagnose and fix myself based on those online quizzes. You know the ones I’m talking about. If you’re here, I’m sure you’ve tried one, or at least seen one. I’ve done a few and each time have come up with different response. Sure, they can be fun, but they are not super informative, or accurate for that matter, so don’t take it as gospel. That’s because it’s difficult to ask a couple of questions and take into account the whole picture without speaking to someone.
Diagnosis of an imbalance is not as easy as saying I’m pitta dominant so that must be out. There is much more to ayurveda and diagnosis than what it first appears. Although, it can often be our predominant dosha that is the cause, as like increases like. It could be a vata imbalance that is causing the pitta reaction.
Another important thing I’ve learned when you are trying to find balance is that it’s not so important what your dosha is, but what your current imbalance is. Imbalance is always the best place to start. Other factors that I find are super important to maintaining a balanced life are eating in season, not eating if you are not hungry, finding balance in your lifestyle (not doing too much if over stretched, or doing more if you need stimulation), moving daily in a way that is suitable for your body, being in nature and having a regular meditation practice.
Someone who has undertaken ayurvedic studies can read your body (pulse, tongue and features). We can work out your imbalance and offer suggestions on what to do to help you get there. Changes may take some time to be noticeable, think about how long it’s taken you to realise that there was an imbalance in the first place. Sometimes you will be prescribed herbs or treatments to help get you there. I personally don’t focus too much on the herbs or the treatments, I believe that it is what you do day in, and day out that makes all the difference. I generally offer these if you have shown a commitment to your daily routine and lifestyle before going down this path to save you money and time. If taking herbs and undergoing treatments are not done in conjunction with lifestyle recommendations, they just become ‘band aid’ or superficial fixes.
Would you like to learn more about your imbalance or ayurveda in general? I suggest speaking to a professional or undertaking the training (please feel free to contact me to discuss institutions I would recommend in Australia). I am available for in person and online consultations. Let’s work together to design a plan that’s right for you and get you feeling more in balance with your individual nature.