Described as the Vedic Science of Life, Ayurveda is a five thousand year old healing tradition originating in India. It is the sister science to yoga or the medical side of yoga. Ayurveda uses yoga, diet, and herbal formulas to bring wellness to an individual’s entire well-being. Ayurveda treats the individual as a whole and assists in maintaining overall health.
Ayurveda recognizes each person as an individual with a different body constitution or dosha; vata, pitta, or kapha. We have all three of the doshas in our physiology, just in different proportions. Everyone’s dosha is unique and personal; it is like a fingerprint. Each dosha is made up of one or two of the five basic elements: space, air, fire, water, and earth , and gives us insight into the tendencies of our bodies (physically, mentally, and emotionally). Because we are unique, what we eat, how we exercise, when we sleep, and even where we prefer to live, will be different from one person to the next. The best and most healthful practices for each individual can be better understood by knowing one’s body type.
After taking the test and reading the class description for your dosha, you will notice that the class for your dosha is most likely the opposite of what you would naturally be drawn to. Ayurveda believes like increases like; therefore, each class type is designed to pacify imbalances caused by the qualities of that particular dosha.
Keep in mind:
Try to answer the questions regarding yourself in general rather than your current state of being.
Not one dosha is better than the others.
All three doshas (the 5 elements) reside within you. Your dominant dosha will give you insight to the qualities that make you unique as well as the imbalances you are more likely to experience.
Different seasons, weather, time of day, stress, and life events can all cause imbalances within the doshas.
An Ayurvedic Dosha test can give you insight to your prakruiti (your dominant dosha). For a more accurate dosha assessment, book an appointment with one of our Ayurvedic Counselors.
- A summer heat wave may cause pitta imbalances; excess heat in the body, sunburn, mental irritation.
- A week of working overtime and high stress may cause vata imbalances; anxiousness, insomnia, digestive issues.
- A series of cold, dark, and rainy days may cause kapha imbalances; heavy, lethargic, tired, slow digestion.
When done taking the test, click on your dosha to learn more about your body type and what you can do to create a healthy lifestyle that is going to cater to your unique needs.
Determine your body constitution by taking the dosha test below. For each question, select the option that is most relevant to you.