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.
|Hair||dry, brown,||oily, blonde,||straight, thick,|
|black, brittle,||gray, red,||oily, lustrous, any|
|thin, knotted,||balding, wavy||color|
|Skin||dry, thin, cool,||oily, smooth,||thick, cool, pale|
|Nails||dry, brittle,||flexible, pink,||thick, smooth, oily|
|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|
|Teeth||large,||medium,||white, strong gums|
|Chin||thin, sharp||medium taper||rounded, double|
|Cheeks||sunken, wrinkled||smooth, straight||round, plump|
|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|
|Digestion||irregular, gassy||quick, burning||prolonged, mucous|
|Taste (healthy)||sweet, sour,||sweet, bitter,||bitter, pungent,|
|Sex drive||intense, steady||variable||moderate|
|Mental activity||quick, constant||moderate||slow, dull|
|Emotions||fear, uncertain,||anger, jealous,||attachment, greed,|
|Faith||variable,||intense, extreme||deep, consistent,|
|Financial||spends on trivial||spends on||preserves assets|
|Intellect||quick, may be||accurate||slow, precise|
|Recollection||recent good,||distinct||slow, sustained|
|Sleep||irregular,||little and sound||deep, prolonged|
|Speech||quick, unclear||sharp,||slow, monotone|
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.