hey baby, what’s your dosha?

by Stacy

Do you know how long it takes me to write a blog post? Neither do I, but it’s a lot longer than I thought.

I miss you all! I’ve read everyone’s comments but haven’t been able to reply like I usually do which makes me sad. If you “like” Center Stage Wellness on Facebook, hopefully you’ve seen some of the fun links I’ve thrown on there in the last week or so.

liz on the beach

Other than blogging (and trying to read blogs — holy cow am I behind on my Google Reader!), I’m also trying to stay on track with my health coaching curriculum. Today I did a great health history consultation over Skype and have lined a few up with some co-workers which will be fun!

Interested in doing a health history with me? They take about an hour and are really interesting! I’m available over Skype or by phone. Click here to email me for more information.

The most recent dietary theory we’re covering is Ayurveda, “the science of life,” an ancient Indian system of complementary and alternative medicine. Closely tied to yoga, Ayurveda offers a holistic view of health and life balance that appeals to me.

One of the basic ideas of Ayurveda is that of the dosha. There are three doshas (Vata, Pitta, and Kapha) that represent the seasons of winter, summer, and spring and the elements of wind, fire, and earth.

I bet this guy’s a Kapha.

seals of la jolla

What dosha are you? The three doshas can combine to manifest 10 different types, but most people have a dominant dosha. To find out your dosha, take one of these two quizzes:
What’s Your Dosha Quiz
Chopra Dosha Quiz

I’m a Vata type — always cold, fast-talker, poor sleeper — associated with winter. To stay in balance, Ayurvedic principles say that I should eat warm and grounding foods but avoid raw and cold foods.

My dear darling husband is a Kapha type — stable, even-tempered, excellent sleeper — associated with spring. He should eat drying and heating foods to prevent sluggishness and avoid fatty foods.

A friend of mine is a Pitta type which means she’s very focused, but can get irritable if over-heated (temperature-wise or emotionally), so cooling foods and calming exercise are good for her.

This is a very simplistic overview, but the quizzes have more information at the end.

Sorry, there are no polls available at the moment.


Do you have any experience with Ayurveda? Do you agree with the assessment of your dosha?

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{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Kimberly August 16, 2010 at 4:44 am

That sure is a nice-looking blanket Liz has on.


Stacy August 16, 2010 at 8:32 am

It really is! I have some other photos I’m finally editing to share with the world. ;p


Ashley M. [at] (never home)maker August 17, 2010 at 10:44 am

That was really interesting! I’m a Vata overall . . . but my physical is Pitta and Mental is Vata. I can’t wait to look more into this!


Stacy August 18, 2010 at 2:33 pm

Ooh, so interesting. Maybe that’s something to keep in mind while running in the hot hot weather.


Bridget August 17, 2010 at 8:35 pm

The first quiz told me I was Pitta (mmm, pita), which surprised me because your description of Vata – always cold, fast-talker, poor sleeper – describes some important aspects of me. So I took the other quiz and it said I’m “tri-doshic”, which the scores on the first quiz kind of indicate too.

I wish that meant that I get to eat lots of macaroni and cheese without gaining weight. 😉


Stacy August 18, 2010 at 2:33 pm

Ha! Or maybe you only gain a third of it?


Olgri September 3, 2010 at 4:21 am

Ha I’m tri-doshic too ^^ whatever quiz I take the result is always the same… to be honest I find it horrible to be tri-dosha ‘coz if you are unwell it takes ages to find out the ‘source’ of the problem and even longer to balance everything o_O


Annette August 20, 2010 at 1:37 pm

Pitta overall, both mind and body. We are studying doshas in massage therapy class – very insightful!


Stacy August 20, 2010 at 2:41 pm

Hot, hot, hot! =D


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