By: Senayt Gaim
Ayurveda is a considered to be the oldest healing science, a 5,000-year-old system of holistic healing that has its origins in India.In Ayurveda, there are three basic energy types called doshas. Take the dosha quiz below to help you determine which Ayurveda element matches with your body, mind and soul.
Which Ayurveda dosha are you? Take the test and find out.
Ayurveda is a considered to be the oldest healing science, a 5,000-year-old system of holistic healing that has its origins in India. Ayurveda is a natural approach to health that is designed to help people live long, healthy and balanced lives.
In Ayurveda, there are three basic energy types called doshas. Doshas are a specific combination of physical, mental, and emotional characteristics. It is also believed all three doshas are present in every person: Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. Everyone has a Vata, Pitta, and Kapha mix, but usually one is more dominant in a particular person. You must first understand which is your dominate dosha, afterwards you use diet, herbs, aromatherapy, massage treatments, music, and meditation to re-establish balance.
The simple test below can help you determine which Ayurveda element is most likely in your major dosha. Take the dosha quiz here. Answer the following questions as honestly as possible.
A. Thin build B. Medium build C. Large build
A. Trouble gaining B. Can gain but lose quickly C. Gains weight easily, hard to lose
A. Thin, dry B. Smooth, combination skin C. Thick, oily
A. Big, roomy, stick out, thin gums B. Medium size, soft, tender gums C. Healthy, white, strong gums
A. Small, dry, active, freq. blinking B. Sharp, sensitive to light C. Big, calm
A. Dry, rough, easily broken B .Sharp, flexible, long, reddish tint C. Thick, smooth, shiny surface
A. Dry, cracked B. Often sensitive C. Smooth, large
A. Thin and angular B. Shaped C. Rounded, big
A. Sunken, lines or wrinkles B. Flat and smooth C. Big or round
A. Long, thin B. Medium C .Wide
A. Small, flat B. Moderate C. Broad chested
A. Irregular hunger B. Strong, cannot skip meals C. Steady, regular, skips meals
A. Bitter, spicy, light 2. Sour, salty, spicy 3.sweet, warm, heavy
A. Irregular B. Quick C. Slow
A. Dry B. Loose C. Thick, sluggish
A. Always active B. Moderate C. Slow
A. Always active B. Moderate C. Calm
A. Vivacious, talkative, social B. Likes to be in control, intense, ambitious C. Reserved, laid back
Emotional response when stressed
A. Anxiety, fear B. Anger, jealousy C. Greedy, possessive, withdrawn
A. Quick, not detailed B. Accurate, timely C. Paced but exact
A. Good short term, quick to forget B. Medium but accurate C. Slow to remember but then sustained
Career of choice
A. Creative arts, designing B. Science or engineering C. human relations, care giving
A. Easily feels cold B. Intolerant of heat C. Uncomfortable in humidity
A. Short, broken up B. moderate and sound C. Deep and long
A. Rapid B. Precise, articulate C. Slow, monotonous
A. Buy on impulse B. Spends money on luxuries C. Good at saving money
If you are mostly A’s – you are a Vata.
The major qualities of Vata in a balanced state are excellent health, stability, creativity and freedom. People of Vata constitution are generally physically underdeveloped. Their chests are flat and their veins and muscle tendons are visible. Vata people generally are either too tall or too short, with thin frames. The Vata person has the greatest potential for attaining a spiritual life and experiencing love on a spiritual plane. Full of creativity and imagination, these individuals tend to be alert, excited and impulsive. Vata is from the root word “to move”, and this is what Vata individuals do, stay consistently active! They enjoy exercise, adventure, travel and continuous stimulation. They favor professions involving travel, change and flexibility. Financially, they tend to make money quickly but spend it quickly. Vata people love to talk. They also tend to be naturally light and delicate with dry eyes and skin. They generally have irregular appetites and thirst. Vatas often experience digestive and absorption problems. Psychologically, they have short term memory but quick mental understanding. They have little willpower, tend toward mental instability and possess little tolerance.
How to keep Vata balanced-
Vatas need a slow and loving full body massage before taking a shower or bath. They can try using sesame oil, which is warming and deeply nourishing. Essential oils of jatamamsi, ginger, lavender or rosewood will also work.
Vatas should drink warm tea with fresh ginger, cardamom and cinnamon to warm the body and enhance circulation and digestion. Sipping warm water and herbal teas throughout the day enhances warmth and hydration. Vatas love to snack throughout the day. They should eat foods that are warming, grounding, predominately cooked, that are sweet, salty, sour and in season. Avocados, bananas, mangoes, peaches, lemons, asparagus, carrots, beets, pumpkins, quinoa, mung beans, almonds, sesame seeds and ghee are a few excellent food choices for a Vata person. Due to their inconstant appetite, it is favorable for them to create a routine around eating.
Vatas enjoy regular, relaxing and peaceful walks in nature to calm the active body and mind. Other great activities for Vata people include gardening, creating art and music and journaling.
If you got mostly B’s- you are a Pitta.
When Pitta are in a balanced state, the Pitta person exudes harmony, joy, truth and vigorous health. Pitta individuals are strong-willed, passionate and have a fiery temperament. They are natural leaders; motivated, organized, bright and disciplined. The Pitta body type is naturally athletic and one of medium height and weight. Their skin is often sensitive, oily and warm. Pittas have very strong appetites and thirst. Don’t even talk to a pitta person until they have eaten! Psychologically, pitta people have strong powers of comprehension. They are very intelligent, sharp and tend to be good debaters. When imbalanced, they tend to be emotional and sound hateful, angry and jealous.
To keep Pitta balanced-
Pittas should eat foods that are cooling and calming, sweet, bitter and light. Due to pitta’s raging appetite, it is in their best interest that they never miss a meal! Coconut, cucumber, watermelon, steamed greens, mung beans and basmati rice are excellent choices. Sipping cool (not iced) water throughout the day keeps pitta’s fire cooled down. When the hot and sharp qualities are severe it is best to avoid spicy, salty, oily and sour foods such as chillis, pickles, french fries and citrus fruits.
Pittas have fiery personalities. They should enjoy regular, relaxing, peaceful walks in nature to calm the inherent intensity. Other activities to please pitta’s senses include swimming, gardening and walking in the moonlight.
If you got mostly C’s- you are a Kapha.
The Kapha individual is the synthesis of grace, calm and sensuality. A Kapha type has a solid, strong body with large bones. An imbalanced Kapha has a strong tendency to carry excess weight. Kaphas are the archetypal Mother Earth. Kapha individuals are grounded, joined to the physical world and are known as the best nurturers. Due to the presence of water, Kapha individuals move with a slow and luxurious progression towards life. Think of a regal elephant moving through the savanna, Kapha tend to have that same attitude. Psychologically, they tend to be tolerant, calm, forgiving and loving. However, an imbalanced Kapha can exhibit traits of greed, attachment, envy and possessiveness. Their comprehension is slow but definite: once they understand something, that knowledge is retained. In balance, Kapha is expressed as love, calmness, forgiveness, strength, vigor and stability.
To keep Kapha balanced-
Kapha should breathe deeply with some quiet meditation. During winter, Kapha types need to remain aware of their emotional self to avoid inertia and depression. Kaphas need to nurture themselves during winter.
Kaphas have poor digestive circulation, so sipping a glass of warm tea with ginger, cinnamon and a pinch of clove can increase heat, improve circulation and eliminate mucus from the system. Naps are not recommended because it will slow down metabolism and reduce the fire necessary for digestion.
Attachment is a trait that can be very strong for kaphas, so they must practice the art of detachment from emotional upsets and material possessions. They should clear the extra clutter in their lives, acknowledge, and then let go of emotional upsets as they come along.
All Doshas should:
Meditate for balancing the mind and body. Breathe deeply to rejuvenate the body.
Eat a vibrant, colorful diet. A simple way to make sure that you are getting a harmonious, balanced diet is to include the six Ayurvedic tastes (sweet, salty, sour, pungent, bitter, and astringent) in every meal. When you have all six tastes, you will feel fulfilled and the urge to snack and overeat will be reduced. Doing so will guarantee that all major food groups and nutrients are represented. Eat in a settled atmosphere and not when you’re upset. Drink hot water with ginger throughout the day.
Get enough restful sleep. A shortage of restful sleep interrupts the body’s internal balance, weakens the immune system, and escalates the aging process.
Be in tune with your body’s natural rhythms. When you slip out of tune with nature, you desire things that become non-nurturing. When you become imbalanced, you may crave junk food, become careless with your sleep and exercise, and indulge in compulsive behaviors. Overtime, a little imbalance can become a disorder and then a disease, which brings on more stress and negligence.