Discover your dosha

 

According to Ayurveda, India’s timeless holistic health system, we are all made up of a unique combination of natures elements which determines our unique mind-body type or “dosha”.

 

Discover your dosha below and learn how to maintain or restore balance and wellbeing in your life. 

 

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Discover your unique mind-body type

What’s my dosha?

According to Ayurveda, we are all made up of the universal elements: Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Ether. These element combine to create what’s known as “doshas” or dynamic forces. They are Vata, Pitta and Kapha.

  • Vata is the combination of Ether (or Space) and Air
  • Pitta is the combination of Fire and Water
  • Kapha is the combination of Earth and Water

While we each have all of the doshas within us, we tend to have one or two that dominate our constitution creating our unqiue mind-body type.

There are two things to consider when exploring the doshas: your Prakruti and your Vikruti. 

Your Prakruti is your essential nature or the blueprint that you were born with. It was established at your conception and remains consistent throughout your life.

Your Vikruti is your current state of balance or imbalance. As you move through life it fluctuates according to your lifestyle, environment, stress, your diet, your age, the seasons and many other factors.

The following survey will help you to gain insights into your Prakruti.

YOUR mind-body TYPE

Prakruti Survey Tips

Please set aside around 10-15 minutes to complete the survey.

When completing the survey, please select the response that most closely describes you throughout your whole life as opposed to now or the recent past.

If you’re unsure which response is most you it can be helpful to ask a close family member or friend for their perspective.

 

*For a full assessment we recommend consulting an Ayurvedic practitioner, who will also analyse additional characteristics such as your pulse, your speech, your eyes and your tongue

 

conscious choice making in accordance with your nature

How does knowing my dosha help me?

When we are familiar with our dosha we are able to make more conscious choices to support our wellbeing. With time we become more aware of how the doshas play out within us and better at responding to their signals or messages – identifying and correcting imbalances before we get sick.

Ayurveda says that we are all like living books and to understand physical and mental wellbeing we must read ourselves every day. With time, this practice becomes increasingly natural and insightful.

For instance, you might find yourself feeling sluggish or heavy, and feel like your Kapha is out of balance. You can choose to consume Kapha balancing foods, increase your level of physical activity and make and effort to wake up earlier in the morning.

Or perhaps your skin is breaking out, and you find yourself having a shorter fuse or less patience than usual which is a sign of your Pitta being out of whack. Reducing Pitta imbalancing foods, adjusting your yoga style, or incorporating a cooling pranayama practice (breathing technique) can help you to restore a sense of equilibrium. 

The important thing to keep in mind is that the aim of Ayurveda is not to have equal amounts of each dosha, but rather to be balanced in your own nature. And balance is a state of dynamic equilibrium, as circumstances inside and around us constantly shift and change.

Key to this, is cultivating our sense of self-awareness, or a capacity to tune in and observe ourselves. By knowing what and how we’re thinking and feeling throughout the day, we’re more able to respond to our internal and external environment consciously. This is where a regular meditation practice comes in. 

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Exploring the doshas

Principle of Movement

Qualities

Cold, light, dry, changeable, irregular, rough and quick

In Balance

Vata types are energetic, creative, adaptable and sociable people. They welcome new experiences, resist routine but show initiative

Out of Balance

Vata types tend towards mental agitation, anxiety, worry, inconsistency, insomnia, delicate digestion and constipation

Nutrition and lifestyle tips

Favour sweet, salty, slightly spicy and sour tastes

Eat at least 3 meals a day – favouring warm, cooked, easy to digest foods

Create a grounding, consistent routine so you don’t get carried away in the ethers

Avoid cold, windy weather and excess stimulation

Practice slow yoga and meditation to ease the nervous system

 

 

Principle of transformation

Qualities

Hot, light, penetrating, intense, pungent, sharp and acidic

In Balance

Pitta types are passionate, bright, warm, precise, courageous, discriminating, good decision makers and leaders

Out of Balance

Pitta types tend towards anger, irritability, being excessively critical or harsh, judgmental, aggressive or intimidating

Nutrition and lifestyle tips

Favour sweet, bitter and astringent tastes

Eat cooler foods and liquids – Pittas have a stronger digestive fire and can digest heavier meals and raw foods

Avoid coffee, alcohol, spicy, acidic and salty foods

Practice moderate exercise and movement that is more self reflective and soothing

Meditate to cultivate calm and inner harmony

Principle of nourishment

Qualities

Cold, heavy, solid, stable, smooth, slow and steady

In Balance

Kapha types are easy going, patient, thoughtful, stable, content, loving, supportive, consistent and loyal

Out of Balance

Kapha types tend towards dullness, inertia, being needy, attached, congested, over weight or lazy

Nutrition and lifestyle tips

Favour spicy, bitter and astringent tastes

Eat small portions of light, dry, warm foods

Limit dairy products, dried fruits, nuts and salt

Stay warm and avoiding cold, damp conditions

Practice stimulating exercise or movement such as cardio, yoga flow

Meditate to refresh your mind and awaken new possibilities

 

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