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Below is a series of three tests to help determine which Ayurvedic constitution (pakruti) you are–your dosha. When answering the questions, choose according to your entire life predominance. This means if you’re currently suffering an acute or recently developed condition, try to think about your general life condition, namely before the onset of the current situation.

Circle or highlight the number that best describes you.

  1. = Not at all, does not describe me, or almost never.
  2. = Somewhat like me, sometimes.
  3. = Very much like me, frequently

 

TEST 1

Not at all

Somewhat

Very Much

You’ve always been able to commit things to memory smoothly and quickly but don’t often retain if for long.

1

2

3

Under stress you tend to worry and become anxious. 1 2 3
You have quick reflexes or think and act quickly but have difficulty in making decisions. 1 2 3
You have a low tolerance for cold weather. 1 2 3
You are thin and rarely gain weight. 1 2 3
Your meal and sleep schedule tends to vary from day to day. 1 2 3
Your mood changes easily and you tend to be sensitive and somewhat emotional. 1 2 3
You speak quickly and are a lively conversationalist and you change topics easily and have a lot to say. 1 2 3
You usually have cold hands and feet. 1 2 3
You hair is dry with split ends. 1 2 3
You tend to have difficulty in falling asleep, but awake easily. 1 2 3
Your digestion is sporadic with frequent gas or bloating, eat quickly and often finish your meals before others at the table. 1 2 3
You are an enthusiastic and interested person and have a quick and light walk. 1 2 3
You have an active, imaginative mind and a tendency toward restlessness. 1 2 3

 

 

TEST 2

Not at all Somewhat Very Much
You become difficult to deal with then under pressure. 1 2 3
You are strong-willed by nature. 1 2 3
You are a perfectionist, organized, efficient, and pay close attention to detail. 1 2 3
You are a critical thinker and a good debater. 1 2 3
You have a tendency towards anger and irritability, even though you may not always show it. 1 2 3
You perspire easily and have more body odor than others. 1 2 3
You have a strong appetite and metabolism, and cannot skip meals. 1 2 3
You have sensitive skin that easily sunburns, breaks out, or reacts to random things. 1 2 3
You lose your temper easily then quickly forget about it. 1 2 3
You easily get heartburn and indigestion, especially if unable to eat at the same times each day. 1 2 3
You like to nap and need more than 6 hours sleep each night or you feel restless. 1 2 3
You enjoy challenges and have strong determination. 1 2 3
You often have more than one bowel movement a day. 1 2 3
You tend to be critical of yourself and others. 1 2 3

 

 

TEST 3

Not at all Somewhat Very Much
You are a slow eater. 1 2 3
It takes a lot to get you angry, but when you get angry, you are a grudge holder. 1 2 3
You have thick, dark, and wavy hair, relative to peers. 1 2 3
You often get chronic sinus congestion/asthma, or excessive phlegm. 1 2 3
You are slow paced, patient, and laid back. 1 2 3
You are a good listener, and speak only when you feel you have something important to say. 1 2 3
You have a slow metabolism, feel heavy after eating and can skip meals. 1 2 3
You are consistent in energy, endurance, and mood. 1 2 3
You sleep long and deeply, and have a difficult time getting started in the morning. 1 2 3
You have an aversion to cool, damp, and cloudy climates. 1 2 3
You skin is usually soft and smooth. 1 2 3
You have a calm disposition which makes you able to keep you head in difficult situations. 1 2 3
You gain weight more easily than others and have difficulty losing it. 1 2 3
You have a better long-term memory. 1 2 3

 

Once you’ve finished the three tests, within each test separately, add up your score.

Test 1 ____________ = Vata

Test 2 ____________ = Pitta

Test 3 ____________ = Kapha

 

Whichever has the highest number that is your predominant constitution according to Ayurvda.  But it gets more interesting: typically Ayurveda doesn’t just look at the singular constitution, but rather the combination of the top two, with the first being the leader.

So for example, you’re 16 Vata, 24 Pitta, and 30 Kapha, then’re you a Kapha-Pitta person.  To take myself as an example, I scored 31 Vata, 31 Pitta, and 19 Kapha.  So I’m (theoretically) equally Vata-Pitta. More on what that means over the coming weeks and months.

Also, don’t base your entire understanding of constitution on this test—it is only roughly 60-80% accurate.  Constitution can vary depending on the season, your health and mental condition, etc, that’s why a full assessment of constitution can only happen by a trained ayurveda specialist after a longer observation and interaction with a person.

 

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