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What is Your Ayurvedic Dosha Or Constitution – Ayurveda Dosha Test


Here is a simple  dosha test you can take to determine your Ayurvedic dosha or constitution.

If you have done this before, its always a good idea to do it again to get new perspective and find out any current imbalances you may have.

There are other comprehensive dosha tests out there that may have more questions involved but for simplicity, this dosha test will be very efficient and effective.

First: you will need to take the test twice. Here’s how and why.

Under each characteristic choose and write down the descriptions that you identify with throughout your life. Make sure to choose the best descriptions under one category only, of either Vata, Pitta or Kapha.

This is your Prakriti – your natural constitution (your personality and body type) that you were conceived and born with.

Knowing your Prakriti is useful because it increases the awareness of your personality type identifying your natural strengths and challenges. This is an important step in understanding not only your health and wellness but also your innate qualities of your body, mind and emotions.

When you take the test the second time, select the descriptions based on how you feel now and in the last couple of months.

This is your Vikruti – your current condition, reflecting the state of your body, mind and emotions.

Knowing your Vikriti is important to help you understand if and how you have strayed from your natural constitution that you were born and conceived with. Your answers for both times that you do the test could possibly be the same meaning that you may not have any imbalances.

Remember this only a basic test. To get more accurate results and a greater understanding of your dosha type and imbalances, its best to get an Ayurvedic Consultation done with an Ayurvedic practitioner.

Let’s begin the test

Total the number of checks under each of the doshas: Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. One dosha is often dominant, but it could be that two are equal in the number of checks.

A small number of people will have the same number of checks for all three doshas. Look at your totals in terms of their ratio relative to one another. For example, V15, P10, and K5, would be V3, P2, and K1.

Characteristic Vata Pitta Kapha
Body type thin medium large
Weight lighter medium heavy
Hair dry, brown, oily, blonde, straight, thick,
black, brittle, gray, red, oily, lustrous, any
thin, knotted, balding, wavy color
curly
Skin dry, thin, cool, oily, smooth, thick, cool, pale
darker warm, pinkish
Nails dry, brittle, flexible, pink, thick, smooth, oily
break easily healthy
Eyes small, active, sharp, bright, large, calm, loving,
dry, sunken sensitive to brown, blue
black, brown light, gray,
green, pale blue

 

Nose uneven long, pointed short, round
Lips dry, crack easily, inflame easily, smooth, oily,
black or red, yellowish whitish
brownish
Teeth large, medium, white, strong gums
protruding, sensitive gums
thin gums
Chin thin, sharp medium taper rounded, double
Cheeks sunken, wrinkled smooth, straight round, plump
Neck tall, thin medium large
Chest sunken, flat medium round, large
Belly flat, sunken medium large, pot belly
Hips narrow, thin medium large, heavy
Joints cold, cracking medium large, lubricated
Appetite irregular strong slow, steady
Digestion irregular, gassy quick, burning prolonged, mucous
Taste (healthy) sweet, sour, sweet, bitter, bitter, pungent,
salty astringent astringent
Thirst variable plenty sparse
Elimination constipation loose sluggish, oily
Sex drive intense, steady variable moderate
Physical activity hyperactive moderate sedentary
Mental activity quick, constant moderate slow, dull
Emotions fear, uncertain, anger, jealous, attachment, greed,
flexible determined calm
Faith variable, intense, extreme deep, consistent,
changing mellow
Financial spends on trivial spends on preserves assets
items luxuries
Intellect quick, may be accurate slow, precise
faulty response
Recollection recent good, distinct slow, sustained
remote poor
Sleep irregular, little and sound deep, prolonged
sleeplessness
Speech quick, unclear sharp, slow, monotone
penetrating

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total check marks for each dosha: Vata___, Pitta___, Kapha___.

Now, place them in a ratio with the highest first and lowest last. From this, you can determine your predominant dosha(s). Asking a close friend or family member to give their perspective on some of your characteristics can be a fun and interesting exercise.

This can be helpful in gaining clarity about how others experience you in life—particularly if it does not match your view of yourself.