Habitat, Life-Span, Hours of Day & Their co-relation with Doshas

Habitat, Life-Span, Hours of Day & Their co-relation with Doshas are being covered individually as below:

  1. 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.
  1. Our Life-Span and The Effect of Doshas:
  • Childhood (0 – 15):                             Kapha is Prominent,
  • Middle Age (15-55):                            Pitta is Prominent,
  • Old Age (50-55++ Years):                   Vata is prominent.
  1. 24-Hour Day Cycle, and The Effect of Doshas:
  • 0600 – 1000 hrs:                                Kapha is prominent,
  • 1000 – 1400 hrs:                                Pitta is prominent and
  • 1400 – 1800 hrs:                                Vata is prominent;

As the night sets in and through the night:

  • 1800 – 2200 hrs:                                Kapha is prominent,
  • 2200 – 0200 hrs:                                Pitta is prominent and
  • 0200 – 0600 hrs:                                 Late Night-Early Morning ‘Vata’ is Prominent.

Thus, we may infer:

  1. In the beginning of both Day & Night, Kapha gets Prominent,
  2. In the middle of both Day & Night, Pitta is Prominent and
  3. At the end of both, Day & Night, Vata gets Prominent.
  4. In the initial phase of life, there is Predominance of Kapha,
  5. In the middle phase of life, there is Predominance of Pitta and
  6. In the last phase of life, there is Predominance of Vata. 

Also, we may do well to note & remember following;

  1. Just after we have had our meals, Kapha is Prominent,
  2. During the Digestion, Pitta is Prominent and
  3. After Digestion or on an empty stomach, Vata is Prominent.
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