what’s your type?
Discover your Ayurvedic type with our free online test. Your answers determine which of the three Doshas is dominant – Vata, Pitta or Kapha. Knowing your innate constitutional type is the first step to bringing the three energies into balance, which is important for promoting health, strength and calm in your everyday life.
Test: what’s my Ayurvedic type?
The ancient Ayurvedic tradition differentiates between the three Doshas (vital energies). Each of the Doshas is composed of two of the five basic Elements (Air, Ether, Fire, Water and Earth):
We are all born with a unique blend of the three energies, but one tends to be stronger than the others due to factors such as our parents’ constitutions or our embryonic development. Sometimes our individual Dosha composition is thrown out of kilter, perhaps as a result of stress, poor diet or an unhealthy lifestyle. If you know your constitutional type, you can implement simple measures to counteract an imbalance and reharmonise the Doshas.
Please note that the questionnaire results are no substitute for a detailed analysis with an Ayurveda-trained specialist! A detailed examination also takes into account components of a pulse diagnosis to determine your individual constitution. The general test results are explained in greater detail below.
Vata, Pitta or Kapha? The types explained
Now that you have identified your dominant vital energy with the Dosha test, it is important to create a lifestyle that supports your Dosha type. If the Doshas are thrown off balance, different symptoms can develop, depending on which Dosha is strongest. Specific Ayurvedic practices can be used to restore balance and promote healthy development of body and mind.
Learn about the factors affecting your Dosha type and what you need to do to lead a harmonious life:
|Vata (Air, Ether)|
|Attributes of a Vata type||An excess of Vata is often found in slim people. They are sporty, dynamic and full of energy, but too much Vata can lead to forgetfulness and anger. Vata types can have dry hair, dry and slightly cool skin and crooked teeth. Emotional characteristics of a Vata constitution: enthusiastic, sensitive and creative.|
|Health||To stay healthy, energetic Vata types should go to bed early and make plenty of time for relaxation. It is important for Vatas to keep a regular circadian rhythm and get plenty of sleep.|
|Meditation||A morning routine, for example a temple massage or a nice, long shower, can balance the Vata Dosha and ensure they have a relaxed start to the day.|
|Nutrition||Vata types should balance out their tendency towards anxiety and stress by eating at regular mealtimes. Hot meals – particularly sweet, sour and salty flavours – are helpful for restoring balance to the Vata Dosha.|
|Pitta (Fire, Water)|
|Attributes of a Pitta type||The fiery energy of this constitutional type means that Pittas are highly ambitious and can have a tendency towards perfectionism. An excess of this Dosha can manifest itself in skin impurities, stomach pain and heartburn, and it can flare up inflammation. Emotional characteristics of a Pitta constitution: spirited, critical and talented.|
|Health||To stay healthy, Pitta types should find an outlet for their fiery energy through plenty of exercise. Drinking water throughout the day also reduces Pitta.|
|Nutrition||Pitta types can contain their fiery temperament by avoiding hot meals and drinks. Cold or moderately warm meals are more suitable, ideally with sweet, bitter and tart flavours. Pitta-reducing foods include pulses, coconut, and sweet and bitter-tasting vegetables.|
|Meditation||To balance the Doshas, a Pitta-dominant type should go for long walks in nature – ideally on colder days. Breathing exercises are also advised.|
|Kapha (Water, Earth)|
of a Kapha type
|An excess of Kapha can be identified in people who are pale and often feel cold. Weight gain, tiredness and fatigue can also be construed as signs. Kapha types tend to be calm. Emotional characteristics of a Kapha constitution: easy-going and extremely tolerant.|
|Health||Kaphas should make sure they integrate plenty of exercise into their daily routine. Choose healthy alternatives, for example instead of taking a nap after a meal, go for a walk.|
|Nutrition||Kapha types in particular are susceptible to lethargy, so they should choose light, warm foods and drinks. Spicy, bitter and tart tastes are best, and they should avoid rich and fatty meals to prevent weight problems.|
|Meditation||According to Ayurveda, excess weight can be put down to a surplus of Kapha. Powerful massage techniques can be used to positively support a diet, and detoxing can give a Kapha type the boost of energy they need to make it easier to exercise.|
Two dominant Doshas: what does it mean
Sometimes it can seem as if there is no clear result from the Ayurvedic type test, for example if two Doshas are present in equal strength, or there is one dominant Dosha and a second very strong one. If your results look like this, your constitutional type has two dominant Doshas. Here are our tips for every possible combination:
People with a Vata-Pitta double Dosha are dynamic, spontaneous and passionate with a zest for life. But they need the calming balance of Kapha to find inner peace and contentment. If the fire element is present in your type, make sure your day starts stress-free to balance the Dosha relationship. Go out for a leisurely walk and the Kapha ratio will quickly rise.
If Pitta and Kapha are your dominant Doshas, then you are energetic (due to the fire of Pitta) and stable (from the water of Kapha). If your Dosha relationship becomes imbalanced, negative consequences can include excess weight, skin problems or excessive sweating. The Vata deficiency can translate into a lack of energy, making it difficult to do enough sport. Practising Yoga in the morning can help, and we recommend making plenty of time to relax!
Vatas and Kaphas both feel at ease in cold weather – enjoy it! Just make sure your hands and feet are wrapped up warmly enough. You should also make sure you have a regular sleeping pattern and regular meal times.
Vata, Pitta and Kapha in balance?
If the test results indicate that all three Doshas are equally strong, then keep it that way! The Dosha relationship constantly fluctuates with the changing seasons, so we recommend repeating our Dosha test every few months. Then you’ll know if your Doshas are out of kilter!
If you have any questions about the results of your Dosha test or would like an in-depth analysis of your constitutional type, get in touch. We’re here for you at the Holistic Ayurveda Resort Mandira.