Ayurvedic Dosha Test
Knowing your personal mind-body-constitution is crucial to make Ayurveda work for you since its effectiveness is based on treating people individually. Every person is influenced by all three Doshas, however they manifest differently in each person.
This Ayurveda Test will enable you to get an idea of your “Prakriti” your birth constitution, the foundation Dosha throughout your life. It is made up from your parents’ disposition and determines your main physical characteristics and emotional behaviour. With this information we can figure treatments, herbs, oils, a suited diet and lifestyle that are perfect for you personally.
It will also help you understand yourself better; why you are the way you are and act the way you act.
For this test you will need a pen and paper, I feel by getting actively involved you will absorb the information more efficiently than if you were to just select an option. At the top of the test you will see the three different dosha types 'Vata'. 'Pitta' and 'Kapha'. Write these doshas on the top of the page, and go through each description, making a mark under the dosha type that is more related to you. Add up your results and whatever dosha is more dominant is the dosha which is most related to you. Sometimes people are a mixture of all three on equal parts, this is known as being 'tri-dosha' and shows a balance or imbalance in all three doshas. Mostly we are a dominant mix of two. Below the test you will see information and tips on all three doshas.
thin, portruding bones, taller than most or shorter than most
average build and size, weight centered in middle
heavy, stocky, broad and either very tall or very short
Low, difficulties gaining weight
moderate, no difficulties gaining or losing weight
heavy, difficulties in losing weight
unpredictable, irregular, variable
strong, cannot skip meals, will eat every
constant, but can skip meals easily and tolerate hunger and thirst
thin and dry, cool to touch
smooth and warm, oily t-zone
thick and moist/greasy, cold
dry, brittle, and curly/frizzy
soft, straight and fine
thick and wavy, tends to get greasy
small and dry, blinks a lot
penetrating gaze, reddish sclera
large and moist, white sclera
thin and dry, often chapped
pink and soft
full and smooth
low volume, hoarse and cracking
loud and sharp
pleasant harmonious, low pitch
feels colder than others, cold feet and hands
feels hotter than others, palms, feet and face warm or hot
normal, palms and feet cool
light sleeper, awakens easily and may have difficulties falling asleep
sleeps deep and even, hardly needs more than 8 hours sleep
long and sound sleeper, has difficulties awakening after a long sleep
fast with a light step
average speed, determined step
slow pace, steady step
lively and enthusiastic, likes change
purposeful and intense, likes to convince
easy going and accepting, likes to support
Independant but insecure, nervous in new situations
outgoing, assertive, natural leader
follower, good listener, lots of friends
uncertain and jumpy
furious and bossy
greedy and possessive
becomes anxious and worried
becomes irritable and aggressive
becomes withdrawn and passive
very talkative, fast speaking
talkative, good speaker, good at arguments
slow steady speaker, limited speech, cautious
short attention span, forgets things easily
moderate, remembers details clearly, forgets rather slowly
excellent long term memory, hardly forgets anything
mainly verbal, might have difficulties in understanding
lots of visual imagery, learns efficiently
feelings and emotions involved, usually grasping late but ultimately understanding well
falls in and out of love easily
intense passionate love affairs
long term relationships, full of affection and love
distinct and detailed ideas in many areas
inventive in technical or scientific areas
creative in business
making decisions often feels like a problematic and difficult process
makes decisions quickly and determined
take their time to think things through
spends easily, doesn't save much and often feeld poor
spends money on certain chosen things, luxury
saves money, spends freely on food and entertainment
active, enjoys exercise and competition
erratic, rebel, changing
determined, strong principles
permanent, doesn't change easily
erratic, free and unattached
bustling, well planned
regular, gets into a rut easily
Vata governs movement in the body, the activities of the nervous system and the process of elimination. Vata influences the other doshas.
Qualities of Vata: Cold, light, dry, irregular, rough, moving, quick, changeable
If Vata dosha predominates, movement and change are characteristic of your nature. You will tend to always be on the go, with an energetic and creative mind. As long as Vata is in balance, you will be lively and enthusiastic, with a lean body.
Physical Characteristics: Those with a predominance of Vata dosha are usually have a thin, light frame and excellent agility. Their energy comes in bursts, and they are likely to experience sudden bouts of fatigue. Vatas typically have dry skin and hair and cold hands and feet. They sleep lightly and their digestion can be sensitive. When the Vata dosha becomes imbalanced, it manifests in the body as weight loss, constipation, hypertension, arthritis, weakness, restlessness, and digestive challenges.
Emotional Characteristics: Vatas love excitement and new experiences. They are quick to anger but also to forgive. When Vatas are in balance, they are energetic, creative, and flexible. They also take initiative and are lively conversationalists. When unbalanced, they are prone to worry and anxiousness and often suffer from insomnia. When they feel overwhelmed or stressed, their response is, “What did I do wrong?
If excessive stress in your life leads to your Vata force becoming imbalanced, your activity will start to feel out of control. Your mind may race, contributing to anxiety and insomnia. You may start skipping meals, resulting in unintended weight loss, and your digestion may become irregular. If you notice these early symptoms of a Vata imbalance, slow down, take time to meditate, don’t skip meals, and get to bed earlier. A regular lifestyle routine helps ground Vata so you are not carried away into the ethers.
- Vata is cold, light, irregular, dry, and always changing. To balance Vata, make choices that bring warmth, stability, and consistency to your life.Try to get to bed before 10pm, awaken by 6am, and eat your meals at regular times.
- Avoid becoming chilled. Wear adequate clothing appropriate for the season and keep your head covered when the weather is cold.
- Perform a daily self-abhy massage using warmer, heavier oils like sesame and almond.
- They experience periods of high energy, but they also tire easily. Light exercise that enhance balance and flexibility is best for a Vata body type. Take care not to push yourself too far and exceed the limits of your energy. Beneficial activities for Vatas include: yoga, Qi Gong, Tai Chi, walking and short hikes, light bicycling, light tennis, golf, dance, and aerobics.
- Fresh ginger root is beneficial and can be used frequently.During the cool weather, sip ginger tea throughout the day.
- Be certain that your bowels move regularly on a daily basis.
- Favor soothing, calming music.
- Touch and be touched regularly by the people you love. Get regular massages treatments.
- Favor warm colors in your clothing and environment such as earth colors, pastels, browns, and warm yellows.
- Favor aromas that are sweet, heavy, and warm. Examples include basil, bay, cinnamon, citrus, cloves, frankincense, lavender, pine, sage, and vanilla.
Vata-Balancing Nutritional Guidelines
According to ayurveda, it is important to eat foods that have a balancing effect upon the dominant dosha or that will pacify (stabilize) a dosha that has become excessive or aggravated. Since Vata is drying, cooling and light, favour foods that are oily, warming, or heavy. The best tastes to pacify Vata are sweet, salty and sour. Minimize foods that are pungent, bitter, or astringent.
- To balance the lightness of Vata, eat larger quantities, but don’t overeat.
- All sweeteners pacify Vata and may be taken in moderation.
- Fats and oils are beneficial in the digestive system and help reduce Vata. Use up to 3 teaspoons daily of ghee or extra virgin olive oil.
- All low-fat dairy products are recommended. Milk is easier to digest when warm or heated.
- Rice and wheat are the best grains for balancing Vata. Reduce the amount of barley, corn, millet, buckwheat, and rye.
- Favor sweet, heavy fruits such as: bananas, avocados, mangoes, apricots, plums, berries, coconut, figs, grapefruit, orange, lemon, melons, papaya, peaches, pineapples, rhubarb, kiwi, dates, nectarines and dried fruits.
- Eat fewer dry or light fruits such as apples, cranberries, pears, and pomegranates. To ease digestion, fruits are best eaten lightly cooked or sautéed or eaten alone.
- Cooked vegetables are best. Raw vegetables should be minimized. Favor Asparagus, beets, and carrots. Other vegetables may be taken in moderation if cooked in ghee or extra virgin olive oil, including peas, broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini, and sweet potatoes.
- Sprouts and cabbage tend to produce gas and should be minimized.
- Dairy products pacify Vata. For optimal digestion, boil milk before drinking it and consume it while warm.
- Spices that pacify Vata include cardamom, cumin, ginger, cinnamon, salt, cloves, mustard seed, basil, asafetida, cilantro, fennel, oregano, sage, tarragon, thyme, and black pepper.
- All varieties of nuts are recommended.
- Beans can aggravate Vata, so minimize your consumption of them, with the exception of tofu and mung bean dahl.
- For non-vegetarians, use fresh, organic chicken, turkey, seafood, and eggs.
The Pitta dosha controls digestion, metabolism, and energy production. The primary function of Pitta is transformation.
Qualities of Pitta: Hot, light, intense, penetrating, pungent, sharp, acidic. Those with a predominance of the Pitta principle have a fiery nature that manifests in both body and mind.
Physical Characteristics: Pittas are usually of medium size and weight. They sometimes have bright red hair, but baldness or thinning hair is also common in a Pitta. They have excellent digestion, which sometimes leads them to believe they can eat anything. They have a warm body temperature They sleep soundly for short periods of time and have a strong sex drive. When in balance, Pittas have a lustrous complexion, perfect digestion, abundant energy, and a strong appetite. When out of balance, Pittas may suffer from skin rashes, burning sensations, peptic ulcers, excessive body heat, heartburn, and indigestion.
Emotional Characteristics: Pittas have a powerful intellect and a strong ability to concentrate. When they’re in balance, they are good decision makers, teachers, and speakers. They are precise, sharp-witted, direct, and often outspoken. Out-of-balance Pittas can be short-tempered and argumentative.
When Pittas are overstressed, their typical response is “What did you do wrong?”
- Pitta is hot, sharp, sour, pungent, and penetrating. To balance Pitta, we need to make choices that are cooling, sweet, and stabilizing.
- Balance rest and activity allowing some free time everyday. Be careful not to create unnecessary time pressures for yourself.
- Be certain not to skip meals and do not wait until you are famished to eat. Favor foods that are sweet, bitter and astringent. Favor cooling foods such as cucumbers, sweet fruits and melons.
- Regularly spend time in nature. Take walks in the woods and along natural bodies of water. Keep plants and fresh flowers in your home and office. Walk in the moonlight.
- Perform a daily oil massage using cooler oils such as coconut or olive.
- Favor cooler colors in your clothing and environment such as blues, greens, and silver.
- Laugh many times each day!
- Favor aromas that are cooling and sweet. Sandalwood, rose, jasmine, mint, lavender, fennel, and chamomile are recommended.
Pitta-Balancing Nutritional Guidelines
Since an excess of Pitta dosha overheats the mind and body, favor cool foods and liquids. Foods with sweet, bitter, and astringent tastes are best. Reduce foods that are pungent, salty, and sour.
- Dairy can be helpful in balancing the heat of Pitta, take milk, butter and ghee. Sour, fermented products such as yogurt, sour cream and cheese should be used sparingly as sour tastes aggravate Pitta. Ghee (clarified butter) is recommended.
- All sweeteners may be taken in moderation except molasses and honey.
- Olive, sunflower, and coconut oils are the best oils to pacify Pitta. Use less sesame, almond, and corn oil, which are more heating.
- Wheat, rice, barley, and oats are the best grains to reduce Pitta. Eat less corn, rye, millet, and brown rice.
- The sweeter fruits such as grapes, melons, cherries, coconuts, avocados, mangoes, pomegranates, fully ripe pineapples, oranges, and plums are recommended. Reduce sour fruits such as grapefruits, apricots, and berries.
- The vegetables to favor are asparagus, cucumbers, potatoes, sweet potatoes, green leafy vegetables, pumpkins, broccoli, cauliflower, celery okra, lettuce, green beans, and zucchini. Reduce tomatoes, hot peppers, carrots, beets, eggplant, onions, garlic, radishes, and spinach.
- Pitta types need to use seasonings that are soothing and cooling. These include coriander, cilantro, cardamom, saffron, and fennel. Hotter spices such as ginger, cumin, black pepper, fenugreek, clove, salt, and mustard seed should be used sparingly. Very hot seasonings such as chili peppers, and cayenne are best avoided. Chew on fennel seeds after meals to cool down acid in the stomach.
- For non-vegetarians, chicken, pheasant and turkey are preferable; beef, seafood, and eggs increase Pitta and should be minimized.
Kapha governs the structure of the body. It is the principle that holds the cells together and forms the muscle, fat, bone, and sinew. The primary function of Kapha is protection.
Qualities of Kapha: Heavy, slow, steady, solid, cold, soft, oily
Kapha types have a strong build and excellent stamina. Large, soft eyes; smooth, radiant skin; and thick hair are also important Kapha characteristics. Those who are predominantly Kapha sleep soundly and have regular digestion. But when Kapha builds to excess, weight gain, fluid retention, and allergies manifest in the body. When they’re out of balance, Kapha types may become overweight, sleep excessively, and suffer from asthma, diabetes, and depression.
Emotional Characteristics: Kaphas are naturally calm, thoughtful, and loving. They have an inherent ability to enjoy life and are comfortable with routine. When in balance, Kaphas are strong, loyal, patient, steady, and supportive. People with an excess of Kapha tend to hold on to things, jobs, and relationships long after they are no longer nourishing or necessary. Excess Kapha in the mind manifests as resistance to change and stubbornness. In the face of stress, the typical Kapha response is “I don’t want to deal with it.”
- Since Kapha is inherently cold, heavy, and dense, the key to balancing Kapha is stimulation. Kaphas tend to cling to the status quo and routine, so they need the stimulation of new sights, sounds, and experiences.
- Follow a regular daily routine, ideally awakening before 6am each morning. Avoid taking naps during the day.
- Stay warm and avoid dampness. Kaphas are particularly sensitive to cold, damp conditions and benefit from heat. Use dry heat if you are congested (a common Kapha complaint). Using a heating pad under your back or a sunlamp at your chest is often helpful. Avoid exposing your nose, throat, and lungs to cold winter air if you aren’t feeling well.
- Perform a daily garshan (dry massage) on your body to stimulate circulation.
- To prevent congestion, the ayurvedic neti pot is a powerful tool for nasal cleansing.
- Clear your space. To avoid clutter from accumulating in your home, office, car, and other physical spaces, regularly clean out and give away things that you know you’ll never use.
- Get regular exercise – preferably every day. This is the best way to avoid stagnation and the accumulation of toxins in the body. Focus on building endurance. Favor running, bicycling, swimming, aerobics, and competitive sports. Dance to energizing rhythmic music.
- Use warm, stimulating aromas including cloves, camphor, cinnamon, eucalyptus, juniper, and marjoram.
- Favor colors that are warm and bright, including yellow, orange, and red.
Kapha-Balancing Nutritional Guidelines
According to ayurveda, it is important to eat foods that have a balancing effect upon the dominant dosha or that will pacify (stabilize) a dosha that has become excessive or aggravated. Because Kapha is heavy, oily and cold, favor foods that are light, dry, or warm. Foods with pungent, bitter, and astringent tastes are most beneficial for pacifying Kapha. Reduce foods with sweet, sour, and salty tastes.
- Try a liquid fast one day per week, ingesting only fresh vegetables and fruit juices, and pureed vegetable soup.
- Reduce the intake of dairy, which tends to increase Kapha. You can use small amounts of ghee, low-fat milk, and low-fat yogurt.
- Honey is a sweetener that is said to best pacify Kapha. Other sweeteners should be avoided because they increase the Kapha dosha, contributing to problems such as blocked sinuses, allergies, colds, and lethargy. Take a tablespoon or two (but no more) of raw honey every day helps release excess Kapha; please do not cook with honey.
- Drinking hot ginger tea with meals helps stimulate slow digestion and sharpen dull taste buds. Drink 2 to 3 cups of ginger tea daily.
- All beans are good for Kapha types except for soybeans and soybean-based foods such as tofu, which should be eaten in moderation.
- Favor lighter fruits such as apples, pears, pomegranates, cranberries, and apricots. Reduce heavier fruits like bananas, avocados, pineapples, oranges, peaches, coconuts, melons, dates, and figs.
- In general, all vegetables are recommended but reduce consumption of sweet and juicy vegetables such as sweet potatoes, tomatoes, and zucchini.
- All spices except salt are pacifying to Kapha. Use pungent spices like pepper, cayenne, mustard seed, and ginger freely in your diet.
- Reduce intake of all nuts and seeds. Favor pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds.
- For non-vegetarians, fresh, organic white meat chicken, turkey, eggs, and seafood are acceptable. Limit consumption of red meat.
- A Kapha diet should be lively and full of energy to help spark the digestive and metabolic systems. Eat your largest meal at lunchtime and a smaller meal at dinnertime. Allow at least 3 hours to digest before bedtim
- Fats and oils: Use small amounts of extra virgin olive oil, ghee, almond oil, corn oil, sunflower oil, mustard oil, or safflower oil.
- Grains: Favor barley, corn, millet, buckwheat, rye. Reduce intake of oats, rice, and wheat.