Prakriti is composed of three gunas (or elements):
- Creation (rajas)
- Preservation (sattva)
- Destruction (tamas)
The three gunas give movement to the force of prakriti in the world, allowing modification and change to that which is primal and original in nature. Prakriti is considered to be a feminine, creative energy. Its counterpart, purusha, is the masculine energy that encompasses the Soul or true Self, and gives life to that which is primal and created.
One of the primary goals in the practice of Kundalini yoga is to awaken and utilize prakriti, which is believed to be located within the muladhara (root) chakra at the base of the spine. In the sister science of Ayurveda, some practices center around an individual's prakriti and bringing balance to one's self, thus nurturing one's true nature.