Quiz to determine your dosha

The three doshas of Ayurveda—Vata, Pitta and Kapha—affect your health and well-being.

Ayurvedic takes a holistic approach to help the body maintain balance and homeostasis.   This is done by understanding an individual’s dosha.  Dosha is a Sanskrit word that translates to “mind-body constitution”.

Knowing your primary dosha is important in understanding how to attain and maintain good health. It is when we are not in balance, our primary dosha’s “bad side” becomes most present. By understanding this we can bring ourselves back into harmony.

Determine your dosha or prikriti with this quiz.

Please answer YES or NO to the following questions based on what rings true for you. 

Section A

I have always been thin and gangly.  Yes  No

I lose weight easily and I have difficulty gaining it.  Yes  No

I prefer a warm climate and don't like wind and cold.  Yes  No

My hair tends to be curly and dry.  Yes  No

My skin tends to be rough and dry.  Yes  No

When under stress I tend to become anxious and/or fearful.  Yes  No

Section B

I have a medium build with medium bone structure.  Yes  No

I enjoy competitive activities and enjoy physical or intellectual challenges.  Yes  No

I prefer a cool climate to a warm one.  Yes  No

I dislike heat, especially humid heat and feel easily fatigued by it.  Yes  No

I have a sharp, aggressive mind.  Yes  No

My digestion and appetite tends to be strong and I get irritable when I'm hungry.  Yes  No

When under stress I tend to become easily frustrated, impatient, or angry.  Yes  No

Section C

I have a sturdy constitution and a large bone structure.  Yes  No

I've always been a little overweight.  Yes  No

I gain weight easily and have difficulty losing it.  Yes  No

I tend to have excess mucous.  Yes  No

My hair is a thick and lustrous.  Yes  No

My energy and stamina are consistent.  Yes  No

When under stress I become withdrawn, unmotivated, and resistant to change  Yes  No

If you answer YES to three or more statements in Section A,

you have a primarily Vata constitution.

If you answer YES to three or more statements in Section B,

you have a primarily Pitta constitution.

If you answer YES to three or more statements in Section C,

you may have a primarily Kapha constitution.

If your answers are split between two or three of the sections,

you are bi- or tri-doshic.


Kirsten Erickson, C-IAYT, YACEP, E-RYT200, RYT500, iRest® Yoga Nidra Level 1 Teacher, Yoga Wellness North