Ayurveda test: find out if your dominant dosha is vata, pitta or khapa

By Dra. Florencia D'Antonio

The doshas are the vital forces found in all things. There are three: Vata, Pita and Kapha. Depending on whether they are in balance or not, the state of health or disease will occur.

The knowledge of your body constitution (or prakriti), serves to know what habits it would be advisable to start adopting, to be healthier. You will be able to meet him in this questionnaire.

You must answer based on what has always been a constant in your life. This test is only indicative, but it can help you know which is your master dosha. The answers indicate if it is Vatta (V), Pitta (P) or Kapha (K). The result tells you what proportion of the three your praktiri has. The most common is a bidoshica constitution, that is, with predominance in two types of doshas.

Once you know the result, you can discover the most favorable eating habits and routines for each dosha. We recommend that you properly inform yourself about doshas and the science of Ayurveda before making an assessment.

You can also use this same test to find out if you have any imbalance, and to find out which doshas it is in. For this, you must answer thinking about what is happening to you today or what is currently happening to you. In case of illness or annoying symptoms, we advise consultation with a specialist.

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Take pencil and paper and start the test:

1. Body context:

to. Slim, poor muscle mass

b. Provided, with defined muscle groups, medium structure

c. Large, heavy and prominent body

2. Weight:

to. Thin. Difficult to gain weight.

b. Medium

c. Generally overweight, have a hard time losing weight

3. Appetite:

to. Irregular. Eat little

b. Important, lunchtime is the most hungry

c. Moderate but steady

4. Digestive power:

to. Irregular. Tendency to constipation. Gases. Distended Abdomen

b. Strong. Daily soft stools. Tendency to acidity

c. Slow digestion, heaviness after meals. Slow but regular removal. Mucus in stool

5. Body temperature:

to. Cold hands and feet. He likes the heat

b. Warm hands and feet. He loves the cold

c. Cold hands and feet. The cold bothers him.

6. Dream:

to. Lightweight. Irregular. Sleep a few hours. Wake up at night

b. Regulate between 7 to 8 hours

c. Heavy. I could sleep more than 8 hours. Wakes up sleepy

7. Face:

to. Pale, protruding cheekbones, small black eyes

b. Freckles, light eyes; green, light blue or honey

c. Big and attractive eyes. Big face

8. Hair:

to. Dry, fine, dark, wavy, brittle

b. Straight, greasy, blond, red. Tendency to baldness or early gray hair

c. Strong, curly, glossy, thick, wavy. All colors

9. Sweating:

to. Sparse and variable

b. Profuse and important

c. Moderate

10. Be:

to. Sparse and variable

b. Important

c. Moderate

11. Reaction to stress:

to. Fear, fear, worry, anxiety

b. Anger, anger, judge. Tendency to hyperexigence and demand.

c. Attachment, jealousy, depression

12. Mental characteristics:

to. Hyperactive, verbose, starts new activities, rarely ends them

b. Moderate. Lover of work. Leisure moments cost you

c. He prefers to be relaxed and lying down. It moves slowly

13. Most common diseases:

to. General body pain (low back pain, joint pain), insomnia

b. Frequent infections and inflammations, gastritis, blood disorders

c. Edema, abundant mucous secretions, respiratory diseases

14. Skin:

to. Rough, dry, thin and cold. Dark skin

b. Reddish, hot, greasy, freckles, acne, soft

c. Cold and clammy, thick, oily, pale complexion

15. Teeth:

to. Protrusions, large, spacious, irregular, crooked, thin gums; brownish

b. Medium, regular, yellowish, sensitive gums

c. Healthy, white, strong gums

16. Nose:

to. Uneven shape, deviated septum, prominent nose

b. Runny nose, tip of nose red

c. Short and round, small

17. Eyes:

to. Small, sunken, dry, active, black or brown, nervous. No shine

b. Bright, gray, green, light eyes. Yellowish or reddish conjunctivae. Sensitive to light

c. Big, beautiful, blue, calm, long eyelashes

18. Nails:

to. Dry, rough, brittle

b. Flexible, rosy, glossy

c. Thick, smooth, glossy

19. Lips:

to. Dry, cracked, dark brown tint

b. Red, medium size

c. Soft, pale, fleshy

20. Chin:

to. Angular and small

b. Triangular

c. Large, round, double

21. Cheeks:

to. Wrinkled, sunken

b. Thin, thin

c. Round, stuffed

22. Neck:

to. Fine and long

b. Medium

c. Big and stuffed

23. Chest:

to. Flat, sunken

b. Average size

c. Large, expanded

24. Abdomen:

to. Slim, flat, sunken

b. Moderate

c. Large, stuffed

25. Hips:

to. Slim, slim

b. Medium

c. Big and heavy

26. Joints:

to. Crispy, salty and cold

b. Average size

c. Long, large and lubricated

27. Flavor preference:

to. Sweet, sour and salty

b. Sweet, sour and astringent

c. Bitter, spicy and astringent

28. Physical activity:

to. Hyperactive

b. Moderate

c. Sedentary

29. Intellect and memory:

to. Quick but usually gives wrong answers. Learn and forget quickly

b. Accurate answer. Good memory. Smart

c. Slow but exact response. They find it difficult to learn but they never forget

30. Speak:

to. Fast, not clear, many associations

b. Acute. They can be leaders

c. Slow, muffled and monotonous voice

31. Your relationship with money is …

to. Poor. Spend on "junk" things or things you don't need

b. They spend money on luxuries

c. Rich. Savers

32. Size at birth:

to. Little.

b. Normal.

c. Big

33. Height:

to. Very high or very low.

b. Median.

c. Tall and stout or short and sturdy

34. Bone structure:

to. Lightweight, narrow shoulders and hip.

b. Half

c. Large, wide shoulders and hips.

35. Musculature:

to. Poorly marked, large tendons

b. Medium firm

c. Full solid

36. Face shape:

to. Elongated, angular. Underdeveloped chin

b. Heart-shaped, chin developed

c. Rounded, full, wide.

37. Complexion:

to. Dark

b. Pink, red.

c. Pale white

38. Endurance and strength:

to. Quickly deplete your energy. Do not count your energy level.

b. Control your energy well

c. Excellent strength and endurance

39. Sexual desire

to. Intense, fleeting, fantasizes

b. Strong. Desires and actions at par

c. Slow, hard to start but when it does it can take many hours. Maintains passion

40. Fertility

to. Low

b. Median

c. high

41. Memory

to. Good short term

b. Good

c. Good long term

42. Thoughts, ideas

to. Superficial, with many ideas. More thoughts than facts

b. Accurate, logical, plans well and manages to carry out his plans

c. Quiet, slow. Well organized

43. Concentration

to. Good only for a short time

b. Excellent

c. Ability to focus long

44. Work

to. Creative

b. Intellectual

c. Assistance, service

45. Lifestyle

to. Erratic

b. Aspire to much

c. Constant and regular. Anchored to a routine

46. ​​Walk

to. Quick and light

b. Average, determined

c. Slow

47. Speed ​​to eat

to. Quick

b. Medium

c. Slow

48. Achieve your goals

to. Easily distracted

b. Focused and direct

c. Slow and steady

49. Friendships

to. Make friends fast. Short-term friendships

b. It tends to be lonely. Friends related to work

c. Tends to form long-term friendships

50. Relationships

to. Various, casual

b. Intense

c. Deep and durable

51. Works best with:

to. External supervision

b. Alone

c. In groups

52. Humor

to. Change fast

b. It changes slowly

c. Stable

53. When they feel threatened they tend to …

to. Run away

b. Fight

c. Search for peace

54. Relations of couple

to. Sticky

b. Jealous

c. Safe

55. Expression of affection

to. With words

b. With gifts

c. With physical contact

56. When you feel hurt

to. Cry

b. Argue, excuse

c. It moves away

57. Emotional trauma causes you

to. Anxiety

b. Anger

c. Depression


  • Majority of A: Vata

It is the biological force of the air plus the ether, it is what gives movement. This dosha is the motivational force, it governs mental balance and orientation, it promotes adaptability and mental understanding.

People with a predominant Vata Dosha are usually physically small, or very tall and thin, with irregular physical proportions, protruding and crisp joints, and little muscle mass. For example: small chest with long legs, delicate face with a pointed and large nose. They have dark hair, eyes and complexion, protruding cheekbones, sunken eyes. They have little subcutaneous fat that reveals the tendons and veins.

They usually have dry skin, cold hands and feet. They prefer warm climates. At the digestive level, they tend to have constipation, abundant gas and abdominal bloating. Many times they forget to eat, drink liquids and respond to their natural urgencies, such as urination.

At the mental level, they are usually very hyperactive, with high energy, verbose. They have trouble keeping stable routines, having regular schedules and activities. They are very enthusiastic about the novelty, but due to their irregularity, they find it difficult to finish what they start.

His sleep is light, 6 hours. They usually wake up at 2-3 am, and have a tendency to suffer insomnia. They are very sociable, positive, energetic. In imbalance, they worry easily, have excessive fear and anxiety.

By the Ayurvedic rule that the like increases the like, as Vata is air and ether needs everything that connects and anchors it to the earth. You should avoid cold, wind, and be especially careful in the fall.

The most favorable thing for this dosha is to have routines, with regular schedules, respecting the moments of the meals. It is considerably favored by oil massages and the stimulation of touch. Your diet must have a predominance of sweet, salty and acidic flavors. Food must be substantial. Raw salads are not recommended, nor are green leafy vegetables without caloric intake.

  • Majority of B: Pita

It is the biological force that holds together two forces as opposite as fire and water. It is the energy that digests "things". It is responsible for all metabolic transformations in the body and for mental digestion, for the perception of reality and its understanding.

People with a predominance in this dosha, have medium structure, proportionate body, developed muscle mass. Her eyes and hair are light or red, with reddish skin and abundant freckles.

They have excellent digestive power, soft stools, significant hunger. They have a preference for cold climates, and their body temperature is generally hot, with significant sweating. They have great energy capacity and are of moderate sleep.

In balance, they have clear objectives, they achieve their goals by avoiding any type of obstacle that stands in their way. They have difficulty in enjoying and generating moments of leisure. They seem to waste time when they are not working. They have a tendency to anger, they are hypercritical and hyperexigent, they judge with great ease. They have a hard time relegating tasks since they consider that nobody will do things the way they do.

By the Ayurvedic rule that similarity increases similarity, as Pita is fire and water, he needs all activities that "cool him down". You should avoid spicy, salty, and acidic foods. You should also avoid eating meats, fermented products, and drinking alcohol. Leisure time favors them, and they have to avoid excessive work, without relaxing moments. They must be especially careful in the summer months and on very hot days.

  • Majority of C: Kapha

It is the biological force that allows the union of the earth with the water: it is the energy that keeps things together. Dosha Kapha provides substance and support, supports the tissues of the body. It also provides emotional support, and relates to feelings of love, compassion, forgiveness, and patience.

People with a predominance of this dosha have a large body structure, with a tendency to be overweight. In general, they have a hard time losing weight. They have abundant subcutaneous cellular tissue. They have a large face, with a beautiful look, sensual and large eyes, full lips, thick wet hair and skin. Her body temperature is cold and wet.

They are very routine people. They have a hard time changing and doing new activities. They like to sleep a lot, between 8 and 9 hours, and they also usually nap. Sleep is usually deep and heavy. His voice is thick and slow. They are people who carry out activities slowly, have little energy. Its digestive power is slow, with heaviness after meals.

When they are in balance they are loving, friendly and loyal. Their relationships are stable and long-lasting. In imbalance they are easily depressed. They tend to greed, greed, and attachment.

By the Ayurvedic rule that similarity increases similarity, since Kapha is land and water, you should avoid routine and physical inactivity, as well as sleeping for many hours and napping. You should also stay away from oily, fried, high-calorie, heavy, hard-to-digest foods.

It favors them to change their routine from time to time, and foods that taste bitter, astringent and spicy, avoiding sweet, salty and acidic foods. Their most convenient food is raw, leafy green salads. Regular physical activity also favors them.

This information does not replace consultation with a professional. If you present or suspect that you have an illness, you should consult your doctor.