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 that particular dosha. Keep in mind, although you maybe dominant in only one of the doshas, you can still experience imbalances in all of them.
Keep in mind:
It's okay if you don't know the answer. Use the questions you were unsure the answer of to self reflect.
Not one dosha is better than the others.
If you take this test a week from now, a month from now, a year from now, your answers might change and that is okay. Different seasons, weather, time of day, stress, and life events can all affect our dosha, causing an imbalance. For example, a summer heat wave may cause a Pitta imbalance.
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.