A short quiz to help you determine your primary Ayurvedic Dosha or body constitution. Find out if you have a Vata, Pitta or Kapha Dosha.
What’s My Dosha?
Many methods have been created to enable easy determination of one’s dosha. The following quiz is adapted from the teachings of Vamadeva Shastri (Dr. David Frawley) in his book Yoga and Ayurveda. For each row, select the option that most resembles your way of being. When complete, count how many responses you have in each column. The column with the most answers is your prominent Dosha.
Select the column that sounds most like you
|Height||Very tall or short||Average||Short or big boned|
|Frame||Thin and bony with good muscle tone||Average size with well-developed muscles||Large, solid|
|Weight||Thin or slight with difficulty holding weight||Average||Heavy set with difficulty losing weight|
|Skin Appearance||Dull, pasty||Oily, shiny||White, pale|
|Skin Type||Dry, rough, thin||Warm, oily||Cold, damp, thick|
|Eyes||Small, shifty||Intense||Large whites|
|Hair||Dry, thin||Thin, oily||Thick, oily, curly|
|Teeth||Crooked||Average with bleeding gums||Large and well-formed|
|Nails||Brittle, bumpy||Soft pink||Soft white|
|Joints||Stiff||Loose||Firm and large|
|Appetite||Low||High to excessive||Consistent|
|Sweat||Minimal||Profuse and short lived||Profuse and long lived|
|Stool||Hard, dry||Soft, loose||Normal|
|Urination||Minimal||High, yellow||High, clear|
|Sensitivities||Cold, dryness, wind||Heat, sunlight, fire||Cold, damp|
|Health issues||Chronic pain and inflammation||Fever and edema||Congestion|
|Type of issue||Nervous||Blood, liver||Lungs|
|Energy||High, restless||Average||Low, slow moving|
|Sleep pattern||Poor, restless||Varies||Excessive|
|Dreams||Often and colourful||Average and romantic||Rarely and disturbing|
|Memory||Quick, absent-minded||Sharp, focused||Slow and steady|
|Speaking||Fast, talkative||Sharp, sarcastic||Slow|
|Total||Vata =||Pitta =||Kapha =|
Now that you know if your primary Dosha is Vata, Pitta or Kapha, you can determine any changes needed to maintain your balance.