How a Habitat affects the Dosha of a Person: This refers to a place, a person is residing at. The scriptures classify the land regions as of three types:
- ‘Jangala’: Arid (dry) or desert like regions. These have no mountains, has minimal vegetation, has shortage of water, and is breezy. This Region is predominant in Vata.
- ‘Anupa’: It is marshy land, with more of moisture and vegetation. The ‘Sunlight’, and thus the heat are minimum. This Region is, obviously, prominent in ‘Kapha, the water humour in the body’.
- ‘Sadharana’: All the Doshas (and, thus The Malas) are in the ‘Optimum’ amount, and ‘Normal’ condition. It has mountains, hills, water supply, sunlight, air, and vegetation, all in required amount.
Our Life-Span and The Effect of Doshas:
- Childhood (0 – 16): Kapha is Prominent;
- Middle Age (16-50): Pitta is Prominent;
- Old Age (More than 50 years): Vata is prominent.
24-Hour Day Cycle, and The Effect of Doshas:
6 a.m. to 10 a.m.: Kapha is prominent. Hence, having chilled milk or chilled fruit juice in the morning hours is not at all a good idea, (though it is preferable that fruits be taken in the morning hours, it is the temperature that I am talking about here);
10-11 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Pitta is prominent.
4 p.m. to 8 p.m.: Vata gets prominent;
As the night sets in, and through the night:
8 p.m. – 11 p.m.: Kapha is prominent,
10-11 p.m. to 2-3 a.m.: Pitta gets prominent, and
3 a.m. – 6-7 a.m.: In late night/early morning hrs ‘Vata’ gets Prominent;
6 a.m. – 10 a.m.: Again Kapha gets prominent.
Let us put all this, now in a form of a table:
|Time of Day:
At the end of Day & End of Night:
In the Beginning of Day & The Beginning of Night:
In the Middle of day & Middle of Night:
|Age/Phase of Life:
|Stage of Digestion:
After Digestion (on empty stomach):
Just after meals: