“a” responses correspond to vata dosha
“b” responses to pitta dosha
“c” responses to kapha dosha
Ayurveda is considered by many scholars to be the oldest healing science. In Sanskrit, Ayurveda means “The Science of Life.” Ayurvedic knowledge originated in India more than 5,000 years ago and is often called the “Mother of All Healing.” It stems from the ancient Vedic culture and was taught for many thousands of years in an oral tradition from accomplished masters to their disciples. Some of this knowledge was set to print a few thousand years ago, but much of it is inaccessible. The principles of many of the natural healing systems now familiar in the West have their roots in Ayurveda.
While this test is not perfect, it is reliable for providing a valuable starting point for bringing more balance to our bodies. Check again to make sure you answered the questions according to your long-term tendencies when you felt rested and healthy. If not, make corrections and recalculate the results.
Remember that to exist, everything in our world must be made up of some of each of the five elements, which means you have some of each of the three doshas derived from the elements. It is the relative proportions of these in the different aspects of our being that make up our individual differences.
Below are the general descriptions of the main constitutional types.
A high proportion of Vata in your constitution means you are light, enthusiastic, inspiring and creative. You enjoy new projects and you have lots of diverse interests. Highly Vata people make inspired artists, salespeople, entertainers and delightful companions. Your Vata energy makes you like a butterfly that flits and flirts from one interest to the next, maybe never completing the projects begun. You may be very social or very shy, or alternate between the two. As a matter of fact, you can be summed up as variable. Your opinions may be influenced by that last thing you heard, as your mind is prone to changing. Vata energy is fragile and mobile and you might find yourself fidgety or restless. You probably like to travel and always look for new horizons.
It may be difficult for you to build bulky muscles, and you probably tend to be thin. If you aren’t thin, your weight gain will tend to be looser and less firm. When you are stressed, you tend to become anxious and fearful rather than angry or playing dead. When you approach a difficult situation, your tactics tend to be more subtle, rather than fiery or like a bulldozer. Your physical challenges tend to be pain, excess movement (tremors), afflictions of the nervous system and organs of elimination (colon). Your mental and emotional challenges tend to be fear, anxiety, feelings of scarcity (not enough), and confusing external satisfaction with inner peace.
Your Vata energy infuses you with the characteristics of the “a” answers of the questionnaire.
A high proportion of Pitta in your constitution makes you focused, goal-oriented, clear- minded and energetic. Highly Pitta people make good leaders, excellent teachers and engineers. Your Pitta energy hones your mind into a precision tool that can laser its way through difficult tangles of problems. You tend to be direct and concise in your speech. You value loyalty and tend to dislike frills and extras unless they have a purpose. You enjoy the finer things in life because you appreciate their innate beauty, quality and perfection. Pitta energy brings color of all sorts into your being, from the intense color of your passions to a slightly colored tinge to your teeth and the whites of your eyes.
Pitta energy in your body will bring a medium build, well defined muscles, ruddy skin with a tendency to inflame or blemish. If you gain weight, you take it off easily. Pitta energy is perfectionist energy. When you are stressed, you tend to become impatient, irritable, critical or angry. You enjoy setting goals and seeing them completed, taking satisfaction in your creations. As a leader, you are good at discerning the potential of others and developing their talents. Your physical challenges tend to be inflammation, infections, rashes, diseases of the liver and spleen.
Early graying of hair is typical of individuals with a significant amount of Pitta in their constitution. Your mental and emotional challenges tend to be being impatience, anger, being overly critical, pushy or intolerant.
Your Pitta energy infuses you with the characteristics of the “b” answers of the questionnaire.
A high proportion of Kapha in your constitution makes you steady, gives you stamina and the ability to stick with people and projects and nurture them along. You have patience, sweetness and a calm serenity that attracts others. Highly Kapha people are centered and grounded. They can be the sustainers and nurturers of the world. You may not move quickly but once going on a project (it may be hard to prod yourself to get started!), you are able to maintain a steady stride until it is done. You are loyal, considerate and affectionate. You have a long memory once something gets into your brain. You are slow to anger, but also slow to let it go and forgive.
Kapha energy puts stocky strength in your body. You enjoy lustrous large dewy eyes, thick luxuriant hair and beautiful skin that are resistant to rash or blemish. If you gain weight, it tends to come on slowly, feels firm rather than flabby and is difficult to take off. Kapha energy is supportive. When you are stressed, you would just as soon stay in bed and ignore the problem, or play dead, like an opossum. You enjoy good food, good friends and comfort. Your physical challenges are mucous conditions, excess tissues including overweight and tumors, afflictions of the lungs, heart and circulatory system. Your mental and emotional challenges tend to be stubbornness, laziness, resentment, covetousness, and inability to let go of things, thoughts and emotions.
Your Kapha energy infuses you with the characteristics of the “c” answers of the questionnaire.
If you have nearly equal proportions of Vata and Pitta, you may be described as Vata-Pitta constitution. This constitution blends the attributes of Vata and Pitta as described above. A balanced Vata-Pitta person will be creative, artistic and articulate. An imbalanced person will tend to suffer from running and working too hard, never believing enough has been accomplished. We have many Vata-Pittas in our world today
If you have nearly equal proportions of Vata and Kapha, you may be described as Vata- Kapha constitution. This constitution blends the attributes of Vata and Kapha as described above. A balanced Vata-Kapha person will be variable, sometimes light and sometimes heavy in their personality, in some ways quick and in others, slow. If this is your constitution, you enjoy more stamina than a highly Vata only person and more ability to change easily than a highly Kapha only person. These two doshas are in many ways, on opposite ends of the continuum and, not surprisingly, express with many variations depending upon which aspect of the body/mind/spirit embraces Vata and which embraces Kapha. Your Vata – Kapha energy infuses you with the characteristics of the “a” and “c” answers of the questionnaire as appropriate.
If you have nearly equal proportions of Pitta and Kapha, you may be described as a Pitta- Kapha constitution. This constitution blends the attributes of Pitta and Kapha as described in their respective sections. A balanced Pitta-Kapha person will be a shaker and a mover, able to set goals, and have the stamina to really see them through on a large scale. If this is your constitution, you have the fiery and energetic qualities of Pitta and the steadiness, dedication and strength of Kapha to make things happen. You have the reason and sharp vision of Pitta and the stamina and persistence of Kapha. This is a common constitution for many successful executives. These two doshas are in many ways, complementary for material pursuits.
Your Pitta – Kapha energy infuses you with the characteristics of the “b” and “c” answers of the questionnaire as appropriate.
If you have nearly equal proportions of all three doshas, you are tridoshic. Your Prakruti has an innately balanced dynamic. The doshas counteract one another’s weaknesses, giving you the best attributes each Dosha has to offer. You have stamina, and clarity and creativity. If you become impatient (“your Pitta is up!”), the lightness of Vata will bring levity and the nurturing aspects of Kapha will open you to compassion. On the other hand, though you tend to stay in balance, if ever you do fall out of balance, it is tricky to find that equilibrium again.
dosha clarity credit: Ananda Ayurveda