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Guidelines For Determining Your Constitution


Instructions:
To determine your constitution it is best to fill out the chart twice. First, base your choices on what is most consistent over your lifetime (your prakruti); then fill it out a second time responding to how you have been feeling more recently – the past 30-90 days (your vikruti). Sometimes it helps to have a friend ask you the questions and fill in the chart with you, as they may have insight (and impartiality) to offer. Each time, add up the number of marks under vata, pitta and kapha. This will help you discover your own ratio of doshas in your prakruti and vikruti. Most people have one dosha predominant; a few have two approximately equal; even fewer have all three in equal proportion.

 

 

PERMANENT CHARACTERISTICS

OBSERVATIONS

V   P   K

VATA

PITTA

KAPHA

Body size

     

Slim

Medium

Large

Chin

     

Thin, angular

Tapering

Rounded, double

Cheeks

     

Wrinkled, sunken

Smooth flat

Rounded, plump

Eyes

     

Small, sunken, dry, active, black, brown, nervous

Sharp, bright, gray, green, yellow/red, sensitive to light

Big, beautiful, blue, calm, loving

Nose

     

Uneven shape, deviated septum

Long pointed, red nose-tip

Short rounded, button nose

Lips

     

Dry, cracked, black/brown tinge

Red, inflamed, yellowish

Smooth, oily, pale, whitish

Teeth

     

Stick out, big, roomy, thin gums

Medium, soft, tender gums

Healthy, white, strong gums

 

 

 

 

 

Skin

     

Thin, dry, cold, rough, dark

Smooth, oily, warm, rosy

Thick, oily, cool, white, pale

Hair

     

Dry brown, black, knotted, brittle, scarce

Straight, oily, blond, gray, red, bald

Thick, curly, oily, wavy, luxuriant

Nails

     

Dry, rough, brittle, break easily

Sharp, flexible, pink, lustrous

Thick, oily, smooth, polished

 

 

 

 

 

Neck

     

Thin, tall

Medium

Big, folded

Chest

     

Flat, sunken

Moderate

Expanded, round

Belly

     

Thin, flat, sunken

Moderate

Big, pot-bellied

Belly-button

     

Small, irregular, herniated

Oval, superficial

Big, deep, round, stretched

Hips

     

Slender, thin

Moderate

Heavy, big

Joints

     

Cold, cracking

Moderate

Large, lubricated

VARIABLE CHARACTERISTICS

OBSERVATIONS

V   P   K

VATA

PITTA

KAPHA

Body weight

     

Low

Medium

Overweight

Appetite

     

Irregular, scanty

Strong, unbearable

Slow but steady

Digestion

     

Irregular, forms gas

Quick, causes burning

Prolonged, forms mucous

Taste

     

Sweet, sour, salty

Sweet, bitter, astringent

Bitter, pungent, astringent

Thirst

     

Changeable

Surplus

Sparse

Elimination

     

Constipation

Loose

Thick, oily, sluggish

 

 

 

 

 

Physical Activity

     

Hyperactive

Moderate

Slow

Mental Activity

     

Hyperactive

Moderate

Dull, slow

 

 

 

 

 

Emotions

     

Anxiety, fear, uncertainty

Anger, hate, jealousy

Calm, greedy, attachment

Faith

     

Variable

Extremist

Consistent

Intellect

     

Quick but faulty response

Accurate response

Slow, exact

Recollection

     

Recent good, remote poor

Distinct

Slow and sustained

 

 

 

 

 

Dreams

     

Quick, active, many, fearful

Fiery, war, violence

Lakes, snow, romantic

Sleep

     

Scanty, broken up, sleeplessness

Little but sound

Deep, prolonged

Speech

     

Rapid, unclear

Sharp, penetrating

Slow, monotonous

Financial

     

Poor, spends on trifles

Spends money on luxuries

Rich, good money preserver

 

TOTAL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Published with the kind permission of: The Ayurvedic Institute.
  
 The Ayurvedic Institute, recognized as a leading Ayurvedic school and Ayurveda health spa outside of India, was established in 1984 to teach the traditional Ayurvedic medicine of India and to provide these ancient therapies. Ayurvedic healing includes herbs, nutrition, panchakarma cleansing, acupressure massage, Yoga, Sanskrit, and Jyotish (Vedic astrology).
 
 You can visit their website at:
www.ayurveda.com 
 
 Copyright (c) 2006 The Ayurvedic Institute. All rights reserved.

 

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