Ayurveda Test – What is your dosha (body type)?

The following quiz will help you determine which constitutional influences, or doshas, are most prominently affecting your health and well-being. This knowledge will allow you to follow specific recommendations to bring your health into balance for your particular needs.

Please answer YES or NO to the following questions based on what rings true for you.

Section A

YES    NO    I have always been thin and gangly.

YES    NO    I lose weight easily and I have difficulty gaining it.

YES    NO    I prefer a warm climate and don’t like wind and cold.

YES    NO    My hair tends to be curly and dry.

YES    NO    My skin tends to be rough and dry.

YES    NO    When under stress I tend to become anxious and/or fearful.

Section B

YES    NO    I have a medium build with medium bone structure.

YES    NO    I enjoy competitive activities and enjoy physical or intellectual challenges.

YES    NO    I prefer a cool climate to a warm one.

YES    NO    I dislike heat, especially humid heat and feel easily fatigued by it.

YES    NO    I have a sharp, aggressive mind.

YES    NO    My digestion and appetite tends to be strong and I get irritable when I’m hungry.

YES    NO    When under stress I tend to become easily frustrated, impatient, or angry.

Section C

YES    NO    I have a sturdy constitution and a large bone structure.

YES    NO    I’ve always been a little overweight.

YES    NO    I gain weight easily and have difficulty losing it.

YES    NO    I tend to have excess mucous.

YES    NO    My hair is thick and lustrous.

YES    NO    My energy and stamina are consistent.

YES    NO    When under stress I become withdrawn, unmotivated, and resistant to change.

Interpretation

If you answer YES to three or more statements in Section A, you have a primarily VATA constitution.

If you answer YES to three or more statements in Section B, you have a primarily PITTA constitution.

If you answer YES to three or more statements in Section C, you have a primarily KAPHA constitution.

If your answers are split between two or three of the sections, you are bi- or tridoshic.

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*This quiz was found on yogajournal.com