Friday, September 18th, 2009

What’s your dosha type?

chakra20pss1Ayurveda says that all of us are endowed with a different body type. Knowing your body type is the first step to stay healthy. As per our constitution of the body should be the diet, lifestyle and exercise. Broadly there are 3 body types according to 3 doshas (bio dynamic forces in the body-vata, pitta, kapha) or prakrutis. Take this quiz to know your body constitution.

1. My least favourite weather is–
a. Cold
b. Hot
c. Damp

2. How are your hands and feet?
a. My hands and feet tend to be usually cold
b. My hands are usually warm
c. My feet are usually warm

3. What’s your weight like?
a. My weight is below average for my build.
b. My weight is average for my build.
c. My weight is above average for my build.

4. How is relationship with your weight?
a. I tend to lose weight easily.
b. I maintain my weight easily.
c. I gain weight easily.

5. What’s your skin type?
a. My skin tends to be dry rough especially during winter.
b. My skin is soft ruddy.
c. My skin is oily moist.

6. What’s your hair like?
a. My hair tends to be dry.
b. My hair is fine, thin, reddish or prematurely grey.
c. My hair is thick, wavy.

7. How do you walk?
a. I walk quickly, more quickly than others.
b. I have a determined walk, just to get me where I have to go.
c. I walk at a leisured pace.

8. Do you like to be active all the time?
a. I like to be active on the go and it’s sometimes hard to sit still.
b. I enjoy physical activities, with a purpose especially competitive ones.
c. I like leisurely activities best.

9. How hungry do you feel?
a. On a daily basis my appetite varies.
b. On a daily basis I am uncomfortable skipping meals
c. On a daily basis, I like to eat but can skip meals easily

10. How good is your digestion?
a. I tend to eat quickly, have a delicate digestion.
b. I have a strong digestion, can eat almost anything.
c. I eat and digest slowly.

11. What are your energy levels?
a. I get worn out easily.
b. I am fairly strong can handle various physical activities easily
c. I have good stamina, steady energy levels

12. What’s your body type?
a. I am fairly flexible.
b. I am fairly muscular.
c. I am fairly solid, big boned.

13. How do you handle conflict situations?
a. When conflict arises, I can be anxious and restless.
b. When conflict arises, I become intense and irritable.
c. When conflict arises I become lazy and depressed.

14. How are your moods?
a. My moods change quickly.
b. My moods are fairly steady.
c. My moods change slowly.

15. What’s your response to stress?
a. Under stress I am easily excited.
b. Under stress, I can be angry or irritable.
c. I am pretty easy going; it takes a lot to stress me out.

16. What would say about your personality in one line?
a. I am creative, imaginative
b. I am intelligent, efficient a perfectionist
c. I am caring, calm patient.

17. Which of these three statements is true about your frame of mind?
a. I have lots of ideas and can change my mind quickly.
b. I gather a lot of facts, before forming an opinion.
c. I am stubborn and don’t change my mind quickly.

18. What’s your attention span like?
a. I have a short attention span.
b. I am detail oriented and can focus for longer periods.
c. I am a big picture person and can focus for long periods of time

19. What would you say about your memory?
a. I learn quickly and forget quickly.
b. I have a good general memory.
c. I learn slowly and have a good long term memory.

20. How good are you at a project?
a. I am good at beginning things, but not good at finishing it.
b. I am very organised and will see a project from start to finish.
c. I need help at beginning things but am good at accomplishing it.

21. What’s your friendship quotient?
a. I make and change friends fast.
b. Mostly my friends are based as per my jobs.
c. My friendships are long lasting and sincere.

22. How is your sleep pattern?
a. I am a light sleeper and awaken easily.
b. I am a moderate sleeper and sleep soundly and usually feel rested in less than eight hours.
c. I sleep well and find it hard to get up in the morning.

23. What kind of eyes you have?
a. Small and active
b. Deep and penetrating gaze
c. Large and pleasant

24. Do you dream while sleeping?
a. I dream a lot but don’t remember a bit after getting up.
b. My dreams are mostly in colour and I do remember if I would try hard.
c. I seldom dream and if I do I remember the details usually.

Let’s see where you stand?

If you answers are mostly ‘A’ your prakriti is vata type. Vata, literally translated as space and air are individuals with a thin, light body frame, love to exercise and travel, and are dynamic and flexible. They are also creative and expressive. Vatas like to walk, talk and think fast. They are always on the go but easily fatigue and can exhaust themselves.

Vatas are always in a hurry. To balance this energy, vata individuals need to have regular routine, should sleep more and avoid over exertion. Food should be warm and moist at all meals. They should minimize extreme cold weather, loud noises, over-stimulation and frequent traveling. This will make vatas will feel significantly more grounded and energetic.

If your answers are mostly ‘B’ your prakriti is pitta type. With a medium build, pittas have warm, ruddy skin with moles and freckles, sharp facial features and well developed muscles. Being fiery individuals, they are motivated, determined, articulate and goal-oriented. They possess a sharp intelligence, memory and concentration.

Pittas are susceptible to fiery emotions and have a tendency toward heat conditions such as migraines, irritable bowel syndrome, hypertension, heartburn, hyperacidity and diarrhea. The best way for a pitta to stay balanced is to avoid the heat and stay cool, calm and collected. They should exercise during the coolest part of the day and eat cooling, non-spicy food that will soothe the inner fire.

If your answers are mostly ‘C’ you are Kapha type. Just as kapha (water and earth) governs substance, these types have bulkier muscles, denser bone structure and heavier frame overall. Kaphas are relaxed, mellow and are “go-with-the-flow” types. They have strong stamina and endurance, but don’t like to physically exert themselves too much. When they become imbalanced, they tend to be attached, have trouble letting go and are prone to grief and depression. They can be difficult to motivate, resistant to change and unfocused. Physical imbalances manifest as congestion and respiratory disorders such as asthma, weight gain, rheumatism and edema.

Kaphas stay balanced by being active, getting plenty of exercise and varying their routine. They do well with light, dry foods and by minimizing dairy, fatty foods and oily foods.
Inputs from – Vaidya Harsh Sehgal

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