What Dosha are You?

doshaAyurvedic medicine believes that we are a reflection of the universe and that a balance through the energy centres of the body (chakras) are responsible for the different levels of consciousness and health.

Knowing your constitutional type indicates to you how nature has intended you to live and allows you to practice certain techniques to promote balance and ensure an optimum state of  health.

There are 3 doshas or constitutional types: Vata, Pitta and Kapha.

Optimum health is when all three doshas are in balance and the 7 chakras or energy centers of the body are in harmony with the universe.

Unbalanced doshas and low colour chakras symbolise ill health. To find out more about your Chakras read- Understanding Your Chakras.

Look at the following table of traits to determine which Dosha you are- you can be more than one.

(although the doshas are also characterized by positive traits we have only included the negative ones to help you determine which dosha you lean towards when out of balance.)

Vata Pitta Kapha
Emotional Traits Worried,  anxious, overactive mind, impatient, scattered Angry, hostile, resentful, irritable, self-critical, jealous Dullness, lassitude, depression, bored, withdrawn, emotional eater
Behavioural Traits Insomnia, fatigue, restless, impulsiveness, low or irregular appetite, blames self, talkative Critical, fiery, workaholic, demanding, egoic, fast, spends on luxury goods Procrastinates, not adaptable, slow, possessive, hoarder, withdrawn
Physical Indications Constipation, dry skin and hair, high blood pressure, lower back pain, menstrual pain, dislikes cold, thin build, neuromuscular pain Skin eruptions/acne, redness, thin hair, hunger, thirst, bad breath, hot flushes, heartburn, ulcer, haemorrhoids, dislikes heat Dislike cold/damp, oily hair, sinus congestion, joint aches, high cholesterol, overweight, allergies, asthma, phlegmy cough
How to Balance  Adopt a regular scheduleQuiet time/ meditationDecrease sensitivity to stressKeep Warm

Steady supply of nutrients

Learn to do things in moderationKeep coolRest and RelaxDecrease stimulants Mental and physical stimulationRegular exerciseWeight controlReduce sweet food


You can also balance your Dosha’s through your diet. Here is a guide:

Vata Warm and moist foodsFoods consumed between rising and 2pm, small amounts after 6pmSmall amounts of food frequently


Eat when relaxed

Eat in company

Overly spicy, bitter astringent or dry foodsCold drinksFast food

Eating when nervous

Too many combinations

Excessive raw foods

– Fruits: 1-3 stewed, no dry fruit- Veg: cooked, salads with oily dressings- Grains: cooked, no cold/dry/puffed grains

– Legumes: soaked, small amounts

– Nuts: 1-2 serves

-Oils: moderate, served with warming spices

-Dairy: small to moderate, spiced

– Animal: organic

-Avoid vegetarian diet

– Sweets: avoid refined

Pitta Consume meals between rising and 10am or 2pm-10pmChoose cooling, light foodsRaw and bland foods

Stay hydrated

Rich, fried, fatty foodsOver cooked foodsOverly spicy, sour, salty foods

Very hot foods

Fast food

Eating when angry

– Fruit: 1-3- Veg: avoid fried- Grains: small amounts

– Legumes: with mild, cooling spices

– Nuts: avoid, raw

– Oils: avoid, unheated

– Dairy: small to moderate amounts

– Animals: fish, vegetarian

– Sweetners: avoid refined

Kapha Consume mainly light, warm, dry foodsEat small quantitiesConsume between 10am and 6pm

Main meal around lunch time

Seasonal fasting

Choose Pungent, bitter, astringent foods

Sweet, salty, rich, oily foodsCold foods and drinksDairy: yoghurt ok

Large portions

Comfort eating

Eating in the evening

Damp conditions

-Fruit:1-3 sour 

-Veg: warmed, cooked, warming spices


-Grains:dry, roasted, popped

-Legumes: baked, warming spices

-Nuts: small amounts

-Oils: use sparingly

-Dairy: soy, yoghurt

-Animal: vegetarian diet, very small

-Sweet: avoid


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Tanaaz is the creator of Forever Conscious. She is an intuitive astrologer and aims to use her writing to heal and inspire. She is also the author of several books including the Power of Positive Energy, Messages for the Soul, and My Pocket Mantras. She also runs online courses and in-person retreats.