Prakriti: Your Constitution

Are you Vata, Pitta or Kapha?

Prakriti is your basic constitution. It is determined at the moment of conception and relates to your genetically inherited physical and emotional qualities. Prakriti specifically relates to those qualities, characteristics and tendencies that are stable. For instance, while you may experience temporary changes, like gaining or losing ten pounds, feeling nervous or irritable, developing a cold or flu, etc., in the natural course of life you will never gain or lose five inches on your height or experience a change of eye color. Prakriti is enlivened and described by three main doshas or forces: Vata, Pitta and Kapha. These are loosely translated as Air, Fire and Earth, respectively. Each of us has all three doshas in our constitution, in unique proportions. In Ayurveda, seven dosha-predominant Prakritis are described: Vata-predominant, Pitta-predominant, Kapha-predominant; three dual Prakritis, where two doshas are equally, or nearly equally predominant: Vata-Pitta predominant, Pitta-Kapha predominant and Vata-Kapha predominant; and one Prakriti that has all three doshas equally prominent: Vata-Pitta-Kapha predominant.

Take This Self-Test to Learn Your Prakriti (Ayurvedic Constitution)

Knowing your Prakriti can help you maintain optimal health. Click in the circles below that best describe you. Answer the questions based on your overall, lifelong tendencies and not according to temporary or recent conditions. You will see your score when you click the “Show Results” button. You can then click on links to Vata, Pitta and Kapha to learn more about your Prakriti. Note: Even a thoughtful test cannot take the place of an evaluation by a qualified Ayurvedic practitioner. The results of this test may give a good indication of the primary doshas in your Prakriti but the evaluation of your practitioner may be more accurate.

Prakriti “Constitution” Evaluation

(Lifelong Characteristics, Qualities and Tendencies)

Quality

Doesn’t apply

Somewhat applies

Applies

1. My lifelong tendency has been to be thin and lanky
2. I find having a routine in life to be challenging
3. My skin tends to be rough and dry, even if I don’t live in a dry, arid climate (but especially if I do)
4. My joints are fairly prominent
5. My teeth are protruded and/or crooked
6. My hair is kinky, curly and tends to be dry or frizzy
7. It is usually easy for me to lose weight and I usually have difficulty gaining weight
8. Usually in my life I enjoy hot weather
9. I tend to dislike wind
10. I tend to dislike dry
11. I have a medium build with medium bone structure
12. I enjoy competitive activities and enjoy physical or intellectual challenges
13. My teeth are medium-sized and/or a little yellow (stained doesn’t count)
14. I have fair skin which easily sunburns
15. I have a lot of moles or freckles
16. I am or am becoming bald, I have grayed early, or I have thin or fine hair
17. Chili peppers, tomatoes and spicy food in general tends to cause me digestive distress, including heartburn or stomachache or loose stools, (even if I really enjoy the taste and am attracted to these things)
18. I prefer a cool climate to a warm one
19. I dislike heat, especially humid heat and feel easily fatigued by it
20. I have a sharp, intelligent, aggressive mind
21. I have a sturdy constitution with a large bone structure
22. I have had a lifelong tendency to always be at least a little overweight
23. My teeth are naturally large, straight and white
24. My hair is a thick and lustrous
25. My eyes are large and luxurious
26. If given the opportunity, I can easily sleep deeply for 8-10 hours per night
27. I gain weight easily and have difficulty losing weight
28. I tend to have excess mucous
29. I tolerate most climates well but usually in my life I have preferred hot, dry weather
30. My energy and stamina are consistent. When I have a lot to do I do it at a pace that I can maintain for a long time
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The above information was written by Dr. Claudia Welch and edited by Melody Mischke for the exclusive use of Banyan Botanicals. The information is protected by copyright and may not be reprinted without the written permission of Dr. Claudia Welch and Banyan Botanicals. More about Dr. Claudia Welch

Disclaimer

The above Prakriti test and results are intended as a convenient tool to provide practical information on your Ayurvedic constitutional type. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. In addition, it should be noted that while this information should be considered highly useful it is not meant to replace the skilled constitutional analysis of a professionally trained Ayurvedic Physician.