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Quiz: Which Ayurvedic (Life Energy) Type Are You?

Quiz: Which Ayurvedic (Life Energy) Type Are You?

Ayurveda is a complete holistic medical system that has been practiced in India for thousands of years.

In the ancient language of Sanskrit, “ayus” means life, and “veda” means knowledge. Ayurveda is the science of living. As a complete system that treats each person as an individual, ayurveda is perfectly customized for you.

Ayurvedic healing teaches that there are three basic constitutional “types”: Earthy Kapha, fiery Pitta, and airy Vata. Once you know your type (we are blends of all types, but one usually stands out), you can learn to analyze your personality and body type, and find out which foods, exercises, lifestyles—even jobs—are most beneficial for you. Here is an illuminating quiz to help you find your Ayurvedic type.

Consider each statement, and assign the number that is most appropriate beside each one (0=never applies; 2=sometimes applies; 4=often applies).

VATA
My skin is dry. I can’t seem to moisturize enough.
I’m slim and can eat whatever I want without putting on weight.
My digestion feels irregular. Sometimes I’m ravenous; sometimes
I have no appetite.
I learn new things easily, but my long-term memory isn’t great.
I am creative and enthusiastic.
I give out so much energy that sometimes I need to rest up to recover.
My energy levels fluctuate a lot.
I dislike the cold, be it in weather, food, or drinks.
My moods change easily.
Stress makes me feel fearful and insecure.


PITTA
I am of medium build and have a well-balanced shape.
When I get indigestion, it tends to manifest as burning sensations.
I love iced drinks, ice cream and other cold foods.
I have a large appetite and digest food very quickly.
My mind is generally well-focused and alert.
People consider me passionate, confident, and courageous.
I don’t like heat much. It tires me, and I sweat easily.
I tend to be impatient, and sometimes anger easily.
I am determined, critical, and stubborn.
I’m rarely daunted by a challenge.


KAPHA

I have a solid build. As a baby, I was big boned.
My digestion is slow, and I feel heavy after eating.
I gain weight easily and am slow to lose it.
I am patient and even tempered.
I’m able to remain calm and unruffled under stress.
I feel I’m slower than others to grasp new concepts.
Once I really learn something, I never forget it.
Once I get going, I have loads of stamina, but I’m not a high-energy person.
I have a caring, compassionate nature.
I don’t like humidity and dampness, but I’m fine in very hot or very cold conditions.

Now add up each of your three dosha sub-totals. Your highest score reveals your most active dosha.

Read about each dosha.

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Adapted from The Ayurvedic Year, by Christina Brown (Storey Books). Copyright (c) 2002, by CMQ Publications Ltd. Reprinted by permission of Storey Books.
Adapted from The Ayurvedic Year, by Christina Brown (Storey Books, 2002).

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12:42AM PST on Jan 12, 2014

mostly pitta i guess

2:54PM PDT on Apr 7, 2013

My goodness... My type is totally me.

7:48PM PST on Mar 6, 2013

Interesting.

10:18PM PST on Feb 20, 2013

interesting

10:11PM PST on Feb 20, 2013

Interesting, thank you.

10:09PM PST on Feb 20, 2013

Interesting, thank you.

5:28AM PST on Jan 2, 2013

pitta, but some of the other questions i had a strong leaning to

10:09AM PDT on Apr 15, 2012

I am 100% Vata .Amazing .

12:13PM PST on Feb 1, 2012

Vata all the way

4:29AM PST on Feb 1, 2012

I didn't have to add anything up, basically all Pitta, although I have been tired lately... but I think even Pittas can get tired and sick. :)

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