Ayurveda Questionnaire. What Is Your Dosha?

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Ayurveda Questionnaire. What Is Your Dosha? - Quiz

According to Ayurveda, the key to health is in understanding our own personal body type. There are three basic constitutional types, "doshas" in Sanskrit: VATA (or V), the "air" type. PITTA (or P), the "fire" and KAPHA (or K), the "water" type. Each of us has some of the characteristics of all three of these. Many of us are dominant in more than one dosha. When doshas become aggravated, illness results. Each dosha has certain types of illnesses associated with it, for example, ulcers are a common Pitta concern. Also, each dosha has its own unique approach to management, suh as personalized diet and lifestyle recommendations. Knowing what our body type is, therefore, the first step toward understanding what behaviors and therapies are c


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VATA

CREATIVE & ENERGETIC   Elements         air + ether Qualities         dry, light, cold, mobile, rough Season            fall thru mid-winter Nature             wind Main Location  colon Vata is referred as the ‘king of the doshas’ because it is responsible for every movement in the body. Without vata, pitta and kapha cannot move. Eyes blinking, heart beating, talking with your hands, jumping, circulation, elimination, are all because of vata. Since vata people are made of air and ether, they don’t have a lot holding them together. They will quickly go out of balance and quickly come back into balance. Vatas tend to get cold easily and are prone to dry skin due to the dry, cold and rough qualities. Vata personality. You can pick out who has vata as their dominant dosha because they tend to talk a lot, move a lot, and worry a lot. They are creative and usually have twelve million things going on at one time. Their mind is constantly sctive and they have a very hard time sitting still and finding peace and grounding within themselves. Because vatas have such creative energy, they make good teachers, artists, actors, and professional speakers. They also forget things, tend to be late and change their mind all the time. Balanced vatas are contagiously energetic and are the people you might say, “light up the room.” Vata body. Vatas tend to be slender and can be tall or short. Bones are prominent, their hair is dry and usually curly. Face is oval in shape and eyes are small with teeny lashes. Fingers are long and nails are brittle with a tendency to split. Dry and thin skinned, vatas are easily browned by the sun. Vatas need grounding. Vatas like to run around (mentally and physically), so one of the best things they can do for themselves is to slow down – or even stop. Meditation, yoga practice, and pranayama are all wonderful for bringing some grounding and nourishment to vata. Remember, vatas are air and ether so they need grounding to keep them from flying away. Nutritionally, vatas can do this by adding oils, fully cooked vegetables, milk, and grains to their diet. Vatas need to keep warm and oiled. In the day-to-day, having a solid reliable schedule is best to ease and ground their fluttery mind. They love the sun and warm, humid weather. Steam rooms are great too. Vata digestion. Vata appetite is erratic and vata digestion is usually sluggish. Yep, constipation. To help vata digestion, they need oleation (external and internal) and warm foods. Oils & sauces lubricate the body to counterbalance the rough & dry qualities in vata and warm foods will help balance the cold qualities. In excess, the dry and rough qualities may manifest themselves as dry or brittle skin, lips, hair, nails or bones (e.g. osteoporosis), as constipation, or as feeling “dry” emotionally. The “light” quality may manifest itself as giving you a lanky physique but excess lightness may manifest as being underweight, having muscle wasting, light bones, insomnia or feeling “spacey” or insecure. The cold quality of Vata may lead you to feel cold more easily than others around you, have cold hands and feet and crave warmth. The subtle quality may express itself as being introverted, creative and having an active fantasy life. The mobile quality may lead to a healthy ability to “multi-task” or, in excess, to scattered attention, a fidgety tendency, tremors, and nervousness. It may manifest as extremes; as in being very tall or very short or being drastically different weights at different times in your life. Along with the main qualities of Vata, it is also helpful to know those tastes that increase and decrease Vata. Pungent, bitter and astringent tastes increase Vata by increasing its drying and cooling qualities. An example of the pungent taste is chili peppers. Bitter and astringent tastes are common in most leafy greens and many herbs. The sweet, sour and salty tastes decrease Vata by bringing moisture, bulk and warmth to the body, which are opposite qualities to those of Vata. An example of a naturally sweet taste is wheat; of sour: pickles; of salty: seaweed. A Vata individual does well to have warming, freshly cooked, nourishing, mushy foods, like soups, stews and one-pot-meals. Because of the inherent “light” quality in Vata, you may think that heavy foods would nicely balance that quality but actually too much heavy food-or just too much food at a sitting–is too heavy for the lightness of the Vata digestive system. Because the sweet, sour and salty tastes decrease Vata, these tastes should be predominant in your diet. When selecting sweet foods, note that naturally sweet foods like many grains, squashes, and most fruits are appropriate, but processed foods high in refined sugars are not at all balancing for Vata. Refined sugars merely offer a quick burst of energy, followed by a “crash,” a pattern that is already a hallmark feature of Vata, and one that the Vata individual does well to avoid.   FOR MORE INFO CONTACT NUTRAKARMA Tel: 07833 460596 Email: [email protected] or visit: www.nutrakarma.com

PITTA

LEADERSHIP & INTELLECT   Elements             fire + water Qualities              sharp, hot, oily, smooth, mobile Season                 late spring thru summer Nature                 sun Main Location     small intestines Pitta is responsible for digestion and transformation. Pitta is the heat that transforms food, thoughts and physical exertion into energy. Your pitta dosha determines whether you are digesting food properly. Ama (toxins)  is caused by undigested food. Therefore you have healthy pitta, you have healthy agni( digestive fire), and you won’t get ama. Since pitta people are made of fire and water, it takes them a moderate amount of time to get out of balance and come back into balance. Pittas tend to develope "heat” imbalances like fevers, hypertension, pink eye, and skin problems (acne, eczema, rash). Pitta personality. Pittas have firey personalities. They love a good debate or sporting event where they can be competitive. They make great leaders and have very sharp and quick witted intellect. Pittas are quick problem solvers but have a tendency to be opinionated and controlling. They want everything done their way and they want explanations for everything. For example, pittas are the first people to start arguing. They are the lawyer-types and will argue, using logic until people see things their way. Pittas are also extremely punctual-often times doing a ‘drive-by’ before the appointment so that they are sure to be on time. Pittas are also list-makers and extremely organized. Their socks are probably ironed, folded, in rows, according to color. Balanced pittas have razor sharp minds, glowing skin, a witty sense of humor and have the ability to attract others to follow their direction. Pitta body. Pittas are medium in size often with an athletic build. Their skin has nice tone and glow and they may have freckles or some moles. The features on their face are sharp – sharp chin, nose, and piercing eyes. Eyes tend to be blue or light in color. The finger nails are pink and strong and their hair is straight and shiny. Pittas have a tendency to have a receding hairline and/or early balding. Pittas are sensitive to the sun and can easily burn their skin if not careful. Pittas need cooling. Since pittas is hot, they need to be kept cool, mentally and physically, they should be careful of excess salt, cheese, hot spices, sour fruits, yogurt and alcohol. To keep them cool and balanced pittas need sweet fruits, salads, legumes, breads, rice, milk, cucumber water. Pitta digestion. Pittas have strong digestion and can eat almost anything. They are always hungry and if they don’t get fed, they get irritable and angry. If pitta digestion is too sharp, it can result in an acidic stomach, burning sensation and diarrhea. Sweet foods are the best bet for pitta to cool and sweeten their hot and sharp fire. The oily quality allows for softness of skin but, in excess, can manifest as oily skin, acne or perhaps the quality of being a “snake oil salesman”; manipulating situations to your advantage. The sharp quality may manifest as a sharp, bright intellect or, in excess, as a sharp tongue. “Hotness” can manifest as a warm, rosy complexion, warm body temperature, strong metabolism and appetite or, in excess, as ulcers, heartburn or a hot temper. The light quality may lead you to have a slender body or to get light-headed if you miss a meal. The “fleshy-smelling” quality may manifest as a strong body odor. The spreading quality may manifest as a tendency to spread your name or influence or opinion around the local or global neighborhood. This quality can also manifest as a spreading rash. The liquid quality may manifest as excess sweating; when it’s combined with the hot quality it can present as excess stomach acid.     Tastes that decrease Pitta.  Sweet, bitter and astringent tastes will decrease Pitta. Favour fresh, cooling foods. They have difficulty skipping meals because they tend to have strong appetites. Because they also have strong digestive systems, they tend to tolerate raw foods better than the other doshas but they must be careful to avoid hot foods, alcohol, caffeine, irritability, high aggression and anger because these will create too much Pitta and weaken the digestive system. Because the sweet, bitter and astringent tastes decrease Pitta, these tastes should be predominant in your diet. Note that this is not necessarily a green light to eat refined sugary foods and drinks. The naturally sweet taste that is found in many grains, squashes, natural sweeteners and fruits is most appropriate and can help balance Pitta.   FOR MORE INFO CONTACT NUTRAKARMA   Tel: 07833 460596 Email: [email protected] or visit www.nutrakarma.com

KAPHA

STEADY & NURTURING Elements           water + earth Qualities            wet, cold, heavy, oily, static Season              spring Nature               moon Main Location   stomach + chest Kapha is the dosha responsible for lubrication and structure of the body. Because of their sturdiness, Kapha people tend to be the healthiest of the three doshas, including mental health. Kapha is our lubrication in the brain, around the joints, reproductive fluids, and is responsible for building most of our tissues. Kapha keeps our bodies from turning into raisins. Since Kapha people are made of water and earth they are grounding and they are difficult to move. They are comfortable and happy in one place and don’t like changes. Kaphas are prone to “static & heavy” diseases like obesity, lethargy, dullness of mind, and diabetes. Kapha personality. Everybody loves a Kapha! They are the peacemakers, the hosts, the listeners, and the nurturers. They are almost always happy. They are extremely tolerant, patient and they are the first one to offer a helping hand. They won’t ever lead, but are very happy to follow. It is not easy to exhaust or upset a kapha, but once you’ve upset them, they will hold a grudge. Their mind is steady, their attitude is positive and their bodies are very strong. Kaphas need encouragement to get them moving-because they don’t like to. Kaphas also have a tendency to attach to things. They like to grab a hold on something and stick there forever. Attachment could be anything, like emotions, the past, people, relationships, and collections of “stuff.” Kaphas love stuff. Balanced kaphas are gentle, nurturing, and are genuinely happy about everything. Kapha body. Kaphas have big and strong structure. They have strong joints, thick skin and strong bones. Their skin is usually pale and oily. Their hair is thick and oily. Kaphas have big beautiful eyes and teeth. Their eyelashes are long, full and curly. Kapha hands are meaty with thick knuckles, thick palms and strong nails. They tend to gain weight easily due to the earth element that is prominent. Kaphas need to keep dry & light. Kaphas are cold, heavy and static so the best thing they can do is to get moving. Moving will make them feel so much lighter as well as bring up the heat inside the body. If you can get a Kapha to perspire (it takes a while cause they don’t sweat much), they will feel wonderful. Remember, Kapha is water and earth, so they need to soak up the excess water with airy and dry foods (veggies, fruits, salads, legumes). A light diet is best and Kaphas can fast. Fasting doesn’t bother kapha because they hold food for a while. Kaphas would love a daily walk in the morning just before sunrise. And they would be extra happy in a sauna. Kapha digestion. Kapha appetite and metabolism is slow. Due to their earthy and watery structure, they can easily skip meals (and should) and remain content and happy. Fasting is necessary for Kapha because it will lighten their load and it also increases their agni ( digestive fire). Kaphas need to keep dry, warm and spicy. These qualities will help kapha feel lighter and they also strenghten their agni, which is what Kaphas need the most. The unctuous quality can allow for smooth joint function but, if pronounced, can lead to excess mucous. The cool quality may manifest as cool skin and a laid-back, cool temperament. Heaviness may manifest as a large, sturdy, grounded physical and emotional constitution and, in excess, as being overweight or experiencing a subjective feeling of heaviness in the mind. Slowness may manifest as a slow gait or a slow, steady pace that you can maintain. In excess, you may get stuck in a pattern that may not be the best for you. Softness can manifest as a soft heart that is easily empathic. Another manifestation of this quality is having soft skin. Stability can be an asset that friends, family and colleagues probably recognize and perhaps lean on, but in excess could become stubbornness or sluggishness. You could become so stable that you are disinclined toward any physical activity. Density can manifest as good stamina and strong, well-formed muscles and bones. This enables the Kapha constitution to withstand vigorous exercise. This quality is also responsible for dense, luxurious hair. Tastes that decrease Kapha. The pungent, bitter and astringent tastes traditionally decrease Kapha by drying the body and providing the opposite qualities to those of Kapha. An example of the pungent taste is chili pepper; of bitter and astringent (which are often coupled): many leafy greens and many herbs. A Kapha individual does well to have a moderate amount of warming, light, freshly cooked foods to maintain balance. Because pungent, bitter and astringent tastes decrease Kapha, these tastes should be predominant in the diet. FOR MORE INFO CONTACT NUTRAKARMA Tel: 07833 460596 Email: [email protected] or visit: www.nutrakarma.com
Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    BODY SIZE
    • A. 

      Large

    • B. 

      Slim

    • C. 

      Medium

  • 2. 
    BODY WEIGHT
    • A. 

      Low

    • B. 

      Medium

    • C. 

      Overweight

  • 3. 
    SKIN
    • A. 

      Thin, dry, cold, dark

    • B. 

      Smooth, oily, silky

    • C. 

      Thick, soft, pale

  • 4. 
    HAIR
    • A. 

      Dry, knotted, thin, brittle

    • B. 

      Blond, red, straight, greyish, balding

    • C. 

      Oily, wavy, thick, soft

  • 5. 
    NOSE
    • A. 

      Unevenly, shaped, deviated septum

    • B. 

      Long pointed

    • C. 

      Short rounded, button nose

  • 6. 
    EYES
    • A. 

      Small, sunken, wry, active, nervous

    • B. 

      Sharp, sensitive to light, penetrating

    • C. 

      Big beautiful, calm

  • 7. 
    LIPS
    • A. 

      Dry, cracked, brownish

    • B. 

      Red, inflamed, yellowish

    • C. 

      Smooth, oily, pale, withish

  • 8. 
    STOMACH
    • A. 

      Thin, flat, sunken

    • B. 

      Moderate

    • C. 

      Big, potbellied

  • 9. 
    JOINTS
    • A. 

      Cold, cracking

    • B. 

      Moderate

    • C. 

      Large, lubricated

  • 10. 
    APPETITE
    • A. 

      Irregular

    • B. 

      Strong, umberable

    • C. 

      Slow, steady

  • 11. 
    DIGESTION
    • A. 

      Irregular, gases

    • B. 

      Quick, causes burning

    • C. 

      Prolonged, forms mucus

  • 12. 
    HANDS AND FEET
    • A. 

      Generally dry and cold

    • B. 

      Generally warm

    • C. 

      Generally cold

  • 13. 
    WEIGHT
    • A. 

      Tend to lose weight easily

    • B. 

      Tend to maintain weight

    • C. 

      Tend to gain weight

  • 14. 
    ELIMINATION
    • A. 

      Constipation

    • B. 

      Loose

    • C. 

      Thick, oily, sluggish

  • 15. 
    PHYSICAL ACTIVITY
    • A. 

      Hyperactive

    • B. 

      Moderate

    • C. 

      Sluggish

  • 16. 
    MENTAL ACTIVITY
    • A. 

      Always active

    • B. 

      Moderate

    • C. 

      Sluggish

  • 17. 
    EMOTIONS
    • A. 

      Anxiety, fear, flexible

    • B. 

      Anger, hate, jealousy, determined

    • C. 

      Calm, greedy, attached, depression

  • 18. 
    MEMORY
    • A. 

      Quick to memorize, tendency to forget

    • B. 

      Accurate

    • C. 

      Slow to memorize but good long term memory

  • 19. 
    SLEEP
    • A. 

      Little, broken, sleeplessness

    • B. 

      Little but sound

    • C. 

      Deep, prolonged

  • 20. 
    SPEECH
    • A. 

      Fast, unclear, jumps topics

    • B. 

      Sharp, penetrating

    • C. 

      Slow, monotonous

  • 21. 
    SENSITIVITY
    • A. 

      Dry, cold and windy conditions

    • B. 

      Heat and sun

    • C. 

      Wet and cold conditions

  • 22. 
    ACTIVITIES
    • A. 

      Generally liking for music, dance, books and travelling

    • B. 

      Generally liking for discussions, politics and doing any challenging sport

    • C. 

      Generally liking for water sport

  • 23. 
    GENERAL PERSONALITY
    • A. 

      Creative, friendly, good immagination, quick start something but takes time to finish the task, impatient

    • B. 

      Ambitious, confident, fiery personality and strong, determined and willfull

    • C. 

      Well grounded, thruthful, loyal, patient and satisfied in life

  • 24. 
    STRENGH OF CONVICTIONS
    • A. 

      I'm creative and expressive. I often change my beliefs

    • B. 

      I'm goal-oriented, ambitious and have strong convictions that govern my behaviour

    • C. 

      I'm contented and calm. I have steady, deeply-held beliefs that I will not change easily

  • 25. 
    DECISIVENESS
    • A. 

      I have difficulty making decisions and change my mind often

    • B. 

      I make rapid decisions and believe that they are good

    • C. 

      I take a long time to make a decision but stick to the choices I make

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