Your unique Ayurveda body type or individual constitution (Prakriti) is one of the most important concepts of Ayurvedic medicine. Your body type is determined by your “dosha”, either Vata, Pitta or Kapha, or a combination of any of these three doshas.
While all three doshas are present in all of us, there is always a certain dosha, or combination of doshas more dominant than others. Most people’s constitution is made up of a combination of 2 dominant doshas. In some cases, there is only one dosha dominant and in very rare cases, all three doshas are equally represented. You can begin to get some good ideas about your own individual constitution by taking our Ayurveda quiz!
Vata types are characterized by a slim and delicate physique. Their skin is often cool and dry and, like their hair, thin. Vata types are shaped by the elements air and ether. For this reason, this constitutional type tends to have a proclivity for movement and change. Vata types are quick thinkers who can work flexibly and creatively. They also enjoy learning new things. They have an open and alert personality and enjoy communicating. Vata types prefer warm weather and tend to feel uncomfortable when it is cold or windy.
Pitta types are characterized by an average physique and tend to be more muscular than Vata types. They usually have a good digestion and experience hunger more intensive than the other two body types. Pitta types tend to be ambitious, competitive and can have intense personalities. They have a sharp intellect and are good when it comes to convincing other people. However, they also tend to overestimate themselves and are often perceived as arrogant, dominant and controlling. Pitta types usually love some form of sports and are therefore fit and athletic. They do not shy away from challenges.
Kapha types tend to have a rather stout physique and they often need some special convincing before becoming physically active. They usually are calm, patient and good-natured, which makes them pleasant contemporaries to be around. Kapha types are rarely prone to stress and they are able to keep their calm even in hectic moments. They prefer to avoid arguments and are known for their reliability and loyalty. This constitutional type works persistently and methodically. Kapha types enjoy food and activities that do not involve a lot of physical activity.
Why should You know Your Ayurvedic Constitution?
The better we understand our individual constitution and the factors that negatively and positively influence our unique state of health, the better we can prevent imbalances from developing. These imbalances, when left untreated, are the basis for the development of diseases.
Ayurveda clearly urges us to not wait for a disease to develop but to actively engage in creating a lifestyle that is in itself healthy, balanced and harmonious. For us in order to succeed in doing so, we need to take into consideration (1) our individual constitution or Prakriti – which is our unique makeup, including our physiological, mental and emotional tendencies, (2) our Vikriti – which are our current imbalances, (3) our lifestyle – which includes our diet, our thoughts and emotions and all other activities that we choose to engage in, and (4) the impact of the climate (seasons) on our body. All the above aspects influence us either towards a state of health and balance or away from it and they all have individually, or in conjunction, the power to bring our body-mind-spirit unit into imbalance. In other words: they have the potential to form the ground on which diseases can begin to grow.
Our individual Ayurvedic constitution is the reason why we are prone to develop certain imbalances and diseases and not others, why we react to environmental stimuli in the way we do and why our anatomy, physiology and mental-emotional makeup is the way it is. The prevention and healing of diseases, the design of a treatment protocol, a detox program, a dietary plan or important lifestyle advice all start with the assessment of your individual constitution and imbalances. At AmrtaSiddhi, our Ayurvedic experts have decades of experience in correctly assessing individual constitutions and over the years have developed solid diagnosic abilities combined with the right amount of intuition to do so. Knowing your constitution will help you to make sense out of your strengths and weaknesses, and understanding your imbalances will enable you to make much better choices when it comes to your diet and lifestyle.
In order to restore health, your individual and unique ratio of the three doshas must be rebalanced. This can be achieved by Ayurvedic detox and rejuvenation procedures, dietary and lifestyle changes, herbal medications and various Ayurvedic treatment methods. Amrtasiddhi‘s Ayurvedic treatments are always individually tailored to the composition of your doshas and imbalances. In the course of an Ayurvedic consultation, we determine your personal constitution and current imbalances and design your individual treatment plan accordingly.
Discover Your Constitution with our Ayurveda Quiz
While our Ayurveda quiz is in no way a replacement for an in-depth assessment of a fully trained Ayurvedic physician, it nevertheless will give you some great insights and will bring you much closer to understanding your individual constitution. So go ahead and have fun working through the quiz!
Welcome to our Dosha Quiz!
In order to get the most accurate results, here some important tips on how to choose the correct statements:
1. Be honest with yourself.
2. For many statements, its about working out patterns and reviewing your most natural tendencies before you choose your answer. It helps to pause for a moment and look back at your life and consider a long period of time. Don’t choose how you want to be. Instead, choose the statement that best describes your most natural way to responding to a specific situation. If you have had major transformations in your life (“Since I met the Dalai Lama and attended 4 Vipassana Meditation retreats, I’m never really angry anymore”), go back to the time before that and choose the statement that best describes you then.
Once you have completed the quiz, you will be getting your result instantly and you will also have direct access to further information that is relevant for your particular dosha, for example specific lifestyle and dietary tips. Have fun!
If you want to be sure about your results or take your health to another level with our Ayurvedic experts, we are here for you! You can book an Ayurvedic consultation directly with us. Consultations are done online or directly on site. We look forward to discovering your individual Ayurvedic type together with you!