In Ayurveda, the first step before making any recommendation consists in identifying your dosha/constitution. You can also complete the test below on your own.
Some of you may have noticed discrepencies between what you have found on various tests and what you have been told by a practitioner. One of the most common error people make, including novice practitioners, is to make assumptions. The perspective from which you have answered questions at different times in your life may also be a factor. It could also be that the balance in your doshas has shifted significantly. That’s why confirming your score with a knowledgeable and experienced ayurvedic practitioner is important before making any significant change in your nutrition and lifestyle. When you come to see me for the first time, I will ask if you know your constitution, but also a few more questions to confirm that statement.
|Vata Dosha||Pitta Dosha||Kapha Dosha|
|Growing up was your…|
thin, unusually tall or short, underdeveloped
|medium build, moderate physique, balanced, proportional||thick, heavy build, tall or average height, well developed|
dark brown, gray, or black, jumpy, small
|green, blue, amber, sharp, penetrating, medium||blue, soft brown, liquid, large|
Dry, coarse, rough, cracked and birthmarks
|soft, delicate and sensitive with moles, frekcles||soft, smooth and oily|
rough, curly, coarse, brown, black
|fine, thin, soft, straight, blond, light brown, red||strong, thick, soft, wavy, brown to brown|
small, crooked and/or protruded, tendency to grind teeth
|medium sized, a little bit yellow, sensitive, easily irritated gums||naturally large, straight and white|
prominent, protruding, irregular
|regular, medium||large, well-lubricated, fleshy|
Now, do you …
|7. have dry, brittle or frizzy hair||have hair that is prematurely graying or balding||have thick, abundant hair, that is sometimes oily|
|8. have difficulty gaining weight, tend to be underweight||gain or lose weight if you put your mind to it, can maintain ideal weight||gain weight easily, struggle to lose, tend to be overweight|
|9. often have cold hands and feet||have skin that is warm to the touch, hot and sweaty feet||hands and feet are cool and damp|
|10. have dry, rough and thin skin||have warm, oily skin, with pimples, rashes, and with moles or freckles, sunburn easily||have thick, naturally lubricated skin|
|11. have a dry tongue with a thin grayish coating||have a yellowish, orange or reddish tongue coating||have a thick, curdy, white coating on tongue|
|12. have dry, hard, irregular bowel movements||have loose bowel movements, twice a day or more||have one large full movement a day|
|13. tend towards illnesses involving the nervous system||tend towards fevers, rashes, inflammation when ill||tend towards swelling, fluid retention, mucous, congestion|
|14. have poor endurance, energy that fluctuates and often comes in bursts||have medium stamina and average strength, are well managed||have consistent energy and stamina, and can do a lot at a steady pace for a long time|
|15. indulge in rich foods or are on a strict diet||love proteins, hot spicy and/or salty foods, caffeine||love sweets, dairy, pastry, bread|
|16. have a variable apetite||have a strong or excessive apetite||have a steady/slow apetite|
|17. sleep lightly, have difficulty falling asleep and awaken easily, usually 5-7 hours per night||have a moderately sound sleep, usually 6-8 hours per night||sleep deeply and uninterrupted, tend to awaken slowly in the morning, prefer to sleep for 8 – 10 hours per night|
|18. experience poor resistance to colds and/or acute allergies||experience medium resistance, prone to infections||maintain strong resistance, but tend towards chronic conditions|
|19. enjoy hot weather, dislike windy, dry and cold days||prefer a cool climate to a warm one, dislike heat||tolerate most climates well but prefer hot, dry weather, dislike cold and damp days|
|20. have poor concentration, learn quickly but forget quickly||have a good short and long-term memory, logical, rational thoughts||take time to learn things but then don’t forget|
|21. dislike routine and tend towards erratic schedule||like planning and organizing, enjoy creating structure||like to follow a daily routine|
|22. find it difficult to make decisions, change mind easily||decide rapidly, see things clearly||like to have time to think things through before making a decision|
|23. tend to speak quickly, and both change the subject and talk a lot||tend to be more orderly, serious, clear, or eloquent in speech||speak slowly, thoughtfully, melodiously|
|24. experience fear, nervousness or anxiety under stress||irritability, frustration or anger under stress||tend to feel apathetic or insecure under stress|
|25. over-sensitive, emotions change easily||strong or forceful about opinions/ideas, give opinion even if not asked for||conservative, hold back your opinion in a difficult situation|
|Total =||Total =||Total =|
The highest total shows your main dosha. If two columns have the same or close score (eg. less than 4 points), you have a dual dosha. If your three totals are close, you have a tri-doshic constitution.
Your totals in hand, you will likely ask: so, what’s next?”. That’s when you can sign up for my workshop ‘I now know my dosha, so what’s next?’
Isabela Blanchet is a Skincare Consultant in Ottawa specializing in Ayurvedic Practices, Natural Skincare Products and is also a Health and Wellness Speaker. Contact Isabela for a Free 45-min consultation.
*Thank you to Berdhanya Swami Tierra for her permission to use the table for this ayurvedic test.