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Quiz: What’s Your Ayurvedic Dosha?

Ayurveda gives us a way to understand our inherent nature so we can harmoniously align ourselves with the world for a healthy, happy life. This inherent nature, determined at birth, is called our prakriti.

Just as the world around us is made up of all five elements—air, space, fire, earth, and water—all five elements also exist within us.

These five elements harmoniously unite in pairs to form the three doshas: the subtle bodily energies. From air and space comes vata. From fire and water comes pitta. From water and earth comes kapha. All three doshas operate within each of us to maintain the proper functioning of our bodies and minds.

But the doshas come together in various proportions—explaining why we don’t all look and think the same. Understanding these proportions is key to determining our Ayurvedic mind/body type. We each have one or two dominant doshas. It’s our unique combination of the doshas that determines our prakriti.

Once we understand our own prakriti, we can understand which foods and lifestyles are best suited for us. We can also understand which diseases we’re more prone to and how to prevent them. We have an invaluable tool for understanding our own nature so we can maintain our own personal state of balance.

Determine your dosha

The quiz below will help you to determine your prakriti by examining both your physical and emotional attributes. While it’s ideal to have someone well-trained in Ayurveda determine your prakriti, this serves as a good start.

Even though we experience many different physical and mental states throughout our lives, our prakriti remains the same. Keep this in mind as your answer these questions. Base your responses on your life-long tendencies, not how you feel in this moment alone.

For some questions, you might fit into more than one category. Check all boxes that apply. For other questions, you might not fit into any of the categories. Leave those blank.

Features Vata Pitta Kapha V P K
Skin Texture Rough, dry Soft, normal or oily Smooth, thick, oily
Complexion Darker Pink, reddish White, pale
Body Temperature Cold Warm Cool
Body Weight Thin, difficult to gain weight Moderate, easy to gain and lose weight Heavy, difficult to lose weight
Muscles Wiry, stiff Medium, flexible Firm, well-developed
Veins Very prominent Somewhat visible Not visible
Hair Texture Dry, thin, frizzy, brittle Straight, fine, shiny Thick, oily, wavy
Eyes Small, gray, brown or unusual color Medium, penetrating, light brown, green or hazel Big, sensual, black, blue or dark brown
Teeth Small, crooked, protruded Moderate, straight Regular or big, very white
Appetite Variable, unpredictable Good, intense Low but steady
Thirst Changing, irregular More Less
Digestive Power Variable Fast Slow but good
Elimination Irregular, dry, hard, easily constipated Semi-solid to regular, often more than once a day Regular, smooth, bulky
Sleep Light, easily disturbed Moderate, sound Long, deep
Eating Speed Fast Moderate Slow
Walking Pace Fast Moderate Slow
Physical Endurance Fair Good Excellent
Weather Preference Aversion to cold and wind Aversion to heat Aversion to cold and damp
Mental Activity Quick, restless Sharp, aggressive Stable, calm
Reaction to Stress Fear, anxiousness Irritability, aggressiveness Calmness, indifference
Goal Achievement Easily distracted or changing Focused, determined Slow, steady
Competition Doesn’t like competitive pressure Natural competitor Deals easily with competitive pressure
Moods Changes quickly Changes slowly Stable
Relationships Many, casual Intense Long, deep
Memory Learns quickly, forgets quickly Learns quickly, forgets slowly Learns slowly, forgets slowly
Dreams Flying, fearful, running Fiery, violent, intense Watery, sensual, romantic
Speech Fast, talkative Clear, sharp, decisive Slow, clear, smooth
V P K
Totals

Tally up! The highest number determines your predominant dosha. The runner up is usually your secondary dosha. And very rarely all three may be equal, making you tridoshic. So, you might be vata, pitta, kapha, vata-pitta, vata-kapha, pitta-vata, pitta-kapha, kapha-vata, kapha-pitta, or tridoshic.

References:

  • Tiwari, Maya. Love Your Body Type The Ayurveda Way. New York: Mother Om Media, 2012. PDF file.
  • Frawley, Dr. David. Ayurvedic Healing: A Comprehensive Guide. Twin Lakes: Lotus Press, 2000.

Julie Bernier
Julie Bernier
Julie Bernier teaches women the art of self-care so that they feel their healthiest and happiest in their own unique bodies. This holistic approach to individualized wellness is rooted in the ancient Indian knowledge of ayurveda: a complete medical science and way of life which explains that our wellbeing blossoms when we align ourselves with nature. Julie is a registered ayurvedic practitioner by the Association of Ayurvedic Professionals of North America (AAPNA), a Certified Massage Therapist, and a classical hatha yoga teacher. She studied each of these modalities in the US and straight from the source in India. Connect with Julie at trueayurveda.com, on Instagram, or on Facebook. True Ayurveda, Facebook, or Instagram.

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