In Ayurveda, health is defined as the dynamic state of balance between mind, body, and environment. It is possible for each of us to achieve and maintain a vibrant and joyful state of health by identifying our mind-body type and then creating a lifestyle that sustains and nurtures our unique nature. Take the Dosha Quiz and determine: “What’s my dosha?” If more than one quality is applicable in each characteristic, choose the one that applies the most. 

The Karuna Dosha Quiz gives you an inquiry into the proportion of each of the three principles – Vata, Pitta, and Kapha — within your unique mind body constitution. Your score in the dosha quiz reflects your basic nature. These characteristics tend to change slowly over your lifetime.

The principle that received the highest number of checks is the most predominant force in your overall mind body make-up. The principle that received the next highest number of checks is the secondary force in your constitution. The lowest scoring principle, while still an active force in your mind body physiology, is the least dominant in your particular constitution.

CHARACTERISTICS OF KAPHA TYPES

Here are some of the common characteristics of people who have a predominantly Kapha constitution.

bullet Easygoing, relaxed, slow-paced
bullet Affectionate and loving
bullet Forgiving, compassionate, nonjudgmental nature Stable and reliable; faithful
bullet Physically strong and with a sturdy, heavier build
bullet Have the most energy of all constitutions, but it is steady and enduring, not explosive
bullet Slow moving and graceful
bullet Slow speech, reflecting a deliberate thought process
bullet Slower to learn, but never forgets; outstanding long-term memory
bullet Soft hair and skin; tendency to have large “soft” eyes and a low, soft voice
bullet Tend toward being overweight; may also suffer from sluggish digestion
bullet Prone to heavy, oppressive depressions
bullet More self-sufficient, need less outward stimulation than do the other types A mild, gentle, and essentially undemanding approach to life
bullet Sexually Kaphas are the slowest to be aroused, but they also have the most endurance
bullet Excellent health, strong resistance to disease
bullet Slow to anger; strive to maintain harmony and peace in their surroundings
bullet Not easily upset and can be a point of stability for others
bullet Tend to be possessive and hold on to things, people, money; good savers. Don’t like cold, damp weather
bullet Physical problems include colds and congestion, sinus headaches, respiratory problems including asthma and wheezing, hay fever, allergies, and atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries).

Physical Features

People of kapha constitution have well-developed bodies. There is, however, a strong tendency for these individuals to carry excess weight. Their chests are expanded and broad. The veins and tendons of kapha people are not obvious because of their thick skin and their muscle development is good. The bones are not prominent.

Their complexions are fair and bright. The skin is soft, lustrous and oily, it is also cold and pale. The hair is thick, dark, soft and wavy. The eyes are dense and black or blue: the white of the eye is generally very white, large and attractive.

Physiologically, kapha people have regular appetites. Due to slow digestion, they tend to consume less food. They crave pungent, bitter and astringent foods. Stools are soft and may be pale in color: evacuation is slow. Their perspiration is moderate. Sleep is sound and prolonged. There is a strong vital capacity evidenced by good stamina, and kapha people are generally healthy, happy and peaceful.

Psychologically, they tend to be tolerant, calm, forgiving and loving: however, they also exhibit traits of greed, attachment, envy and possessiveness. Their comprehension is slow but definite: once they understand something, that knowledge is retained.

Kapha people tend to be wealthy. They earn money and are good at holding on to it.

CHARACTERISTICS OF PITTA TYPE

Here are some of the common characteristics of people who have a predominantly Pitta body type.

bullet Medium physique, strong, well-built
bullet Sharp mind, good concentration powers
bullet Orderly, focused
bullet Assertive, self-confident, and entrepreneurial at their best; aggressive, demanding, pushy when out of balance
bullet Competitive, enjoy challenges
bullet Passionate and romantic; sexually have more vigor and endurance than Vatas, but less than Kaphas
bullet Strong digestion, strong appetite; get irritated if they have to miss or wait for a meal
bullet Like to be in command
bullet When under stress, Pittas become irritated and angry
bullet Skin fair or reddish, often with freckles; sunburns easily
bullet Hair usually fine and straight, tending toward blond or red, typically turns gray early; tendency toward baldness or thinning hair
bullet Uncomfortable in sun or hot weather; heat makes them very tired
bullet Perspire a lot
bullet Others may find them stubborn, pushy, opinionated
bullet Good public speakers; also capable of sharp, sarcastic, cutting speech
bullet Generally good management and leadership ability, but can become authoritarian
bullet Like to spend money, surround themselves with beautiful objects
bullet Subject to temper tantrums, impatience, and anger
bullet Typical physical problems include rashes or inflammations of the skin, acne, boils, skin cancer, ulcers, heartburn, acid stomach, hot sensations in the stomach or intestines, insomnia, bloodshot or burning eyes and other vision problems, anemia, jaundice.

Physical Features

These people are of medium height, are slender and body frame may be delicate. Their chests are not as flat as those of vata people and they show a medium prominence of veins and muscle tendons. The bones are not as prominent as in the vata individual. Muscle development is moderate.

The pitta complexion may be coppery, yellowish, reddish or fair. The skin is soft, warm and less wrinkled than vata skin. The hair is thin, silky, red or brownish and there is a tendency toward premature graying of hair and hair loss. The eyes may be gray, green or cooper-brown and sharp: the eyeballs will be of medium prominence. The nails are soft. The shape of the nose is sharp and the tip tends to be reddish.

Physiologically, these people have a strong metabolism, good digestion and resulting strong appetites. The person of pitta constitution usually takes large quantities of food and liquid. Pitta types have a natural craving for sweet, bitter and astringent tastes and enjoy cold drinks. Their sleep is of medium duration but uninterrupted. They produce a large volume of urine and the feces are yellowish, liquid, soft and plentiful. There is a tendency toward excessive perspiring. The body temperature may run slightly high and hands and feet will tend to be warm. Pitta people do not tolerate sunlight, heat or hard work well.

Psychologically, pitta people have a good power of comprehension; they are very intelligent and sharp and tend to be good orators. They have emotional tendencies toward hate, anger and jealousy.

They are ambitious people who generally like to be leaders. Pitta people appreciate material prosperity and they tend to be moderately well-off financially. They enjoy exhibiting their wealth and luxurious possessions.

CHARACTERISTICS OF VATA TYPES

Here are some of the common characteristics of people who have a predominantly Vata constitution.

bullet Creativity, mental quickness
bullet Highly imaginative
bullet Quick to learn and grasp new knowledge, but also quick to forget
bullet Sexually easily excitable but quickly satiated
bullet Slenderness; lightest of the three body types
bullet Talk and walk quickly
bullet Tendency toward cold hands and feet, discomfort in cold climates
bullet Excitable, lively, fun personality
bullet Changeable moods
bullet Irregular daily routine
bullet Variable appetite and digestive efficiency
bullet High energy in short bursts; tendency to tire easily and to overexert
bullet Full of joy and enthusiasm when in balance
bullet Respond to stress with fear, worry, and anxiety, especially when out of balance
bullet Tendency to act on impulse
bullet Often have racing, disjointed thoughts
bullet Generally have dry skin and dry hair and don’t perspire much
bullet Typical health problems include headaches, hypertension, dry coughs, sore throats, earaches, anxiety, irregular heart rhythms, muscle spasms, lower back pain, constipation, abdominal gas, diarrhea, nervous stomach, menstrual cramps, premature ejaculation and other sexual dys-functions, arthritis. Most neurological disorders are related to Vata imbalance.

Physical Features

People of vata constitution are generally physically underdeveloped. Their chests are flat and their veins and muscle tendons are visible. The complexion is brown, the skin is cold, rough, dry and cracked.

Vata people generally are either too tall or too short, with thin frames which reveal prominent joints and bone-ends because of poor muscle development. The hair is curly and scanty, the eyelashes are thin and the eyes lusterless. The eyes may be sunken, small, dry, and active. The nails are rough and brittle. The shape of the nose is bent and turned-up.

Physiologically, the appetite and digestion are variable. Vata people loves sweet, sour and salty tastes and like hot drinks. The production of urine is scanty and the feces are dry, hard and small in quantity. They have a tendency to perspire less than other constitutional types. Their sleep may be disturbed and they will sleep less than the other types. Their hands and feet are often cold.

Psychologically, they are characterized by short memory but quick mental understanding. They will understand something immediately, but will soon forget it. They have little willpower, tend toward mental instability and possess little tolerance, confidence or boldness. Their reasoning power is weak and these people are nervous, fearful and afflicted by much anxiety.

Vata people tend to earn money quickly and also to spend it quickly. Thus, they tend to remain poor.