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Which Dosha Type Are You?

Which dosha type are you?

Every human being carries three Doshas within him. Knowing your Dosha can help you live a healthier and more balanced life. To determine your Ayurvedic Dosha please mark the table below;

CharacteristicsVataPittaKapha
Frameo   Thino   Moderateo   Large
Body Weighto   Lowo   Moderateo   Heavy
Skino   Dry, Rougho   Soft, Oilyo   Thick, Oily
Hairo   Dry, Kinkyo   Soft, Oilyo   Thick, Oily
Eyeso   Small, Dryo   Sharp, Penetratingo   Big, Attractive
Appetiteo   Variable, Lowo   Good, Sharpo   Slow but steady
Thirsto   Variableo   Excessiveo   Slight
Emotional Excesseso   Insecure, Anxiouso   Irritable, Aggressiveo   Calm, Greedy
Speecho   Fast, unclearo   Sharp, Clearo   Slow, Monotonous
Sleepo   Scanty, Interruptedo   Little but soundo   Deep, Prolonged
Dreamso   Active, Fearfulo   Fiery, Angryo   Watery, Romantic
Physical activityo   Hyperactiveo   Moderateo   Slow
 
Total   

The Dosha marked most often will generally indicate one`s primary constitution. The Dosha marked next frequently will generally indicate the secondary Dosha. It may happen that the two will be relatively equal; the constitution may be duel (i.e. Vata/Pitta, Vata/Kapha, Pitta/Kapha). Occasionally all three may be relatively equal.

How to balance Dosha:

Vata – When Vata is out of balance, too much air has accumulated in mind, body, and environment. The result is a sense of un-groundedness.

  • Make habit to go to bed and awaken at the same time every day.
  • Meditate every day to quiet the mind.
  • Practice yoga to connect with your body and mind.
  • Wear relaxing and calming fragrances.
  • Eat three meals per day and favor sweet, sour, and salty tastes.
  • Perform a slow daily self-massage with warm relaxing, calming herbal oil.
  • Drink relaxing herbal tea.
  • Look for opportunities to create rhythm and routine in your life.
  • Diffuse relaxing fragrances into your environment.
  • Make goals to complete things once you start them.

Pitta – When Pitta is out of balance, too much fire has accumulated in mind, body, and environment. The result is a sense of internal and external combustion.

  • Spend time outside and in nature.
  • Favor cooling tastes – sweet, bitter, and astringent – and eat with full awareness.
  • Meditate everyday day to soothe the mind and relax the body.
  • Schedule some space in your day.
  • Perform a slow self-massage with soothing herbal oil.
  • Wear soothing fragrances.
  • Favor cool colors – blue, green, and white.
  • Drink soothing herbal tea.
  • Avoid too hot and spicy food and drinks.
  • Diffuse soothing fragrances into your environment.
  • Engage in non-competitive physical activities.
  • Stay cool and calm.

Kapha – When Kapha is out of balance, too much Earth has accumulated in mind, body, and environment. The result is a sense of sluggishness, congestion, and dullness.

  • Awaken at sunrise.
  • Look for opportunities to create healthy change.
  • Favor pungent, bitter, and astringent tastes.
  • Avoid eating when you’re not hungry.
  • Be spontaneous and try new things.
  • Wear invigorating fragrances.
  • Drink invigorating herbal tea.
  • Diffuse invigorating fragrances into your environment.
  • Favor bright strong colors – reds, oranges, and yellows.
  • Meditate twice a day to get clear on your intentions and desires.
  • Perform a vigorous self-massage with warm invigorating herbal oil.
  • Exercise daily.