Dosha Test


Welcome to Ayurveda! Do you know your dosha? Let me back up…do you know what a dosha is?  If not, read up. Once you know what a dosha is, take the dosha test below to determine your unique dosha balance.

This is where Ayurveda gets totally fun!

You’re gonna take the test below to determine what your dosha balance is so you can  understand how to keep yourself healthy, forever! Questions should be answered based on authentic, pure you and not what happens to be true recently. Afterall, life habits can imbalance us over time.  If it’s very hard to choose between two answers, pick both, but for the most part try to pick only one that feels most true to you.

Add up the totals for each v, p, and k at the end. Which ever number is the highest, that is your dosha. If you are close between two, then have two dominant doshas and that’s ok too! The highest number in v, p, or k, is your dosha.

You can read more about  Vata, Pitta, Kapha or any combination of the three and begin to live according to your OWN uniqueness. And here is a handy dandy downloadable dosha snapshot.

I know you’re excited so I’ll leave you to take the test. Have fun! For a printable version use this dosha test.

1. Physique
v) I am a slender person and I hardly gain weight
p) I am medium build
k) I am well built and I gain weight no matter what I do

2. Skin
v) My skin is dry, thin, and itches often
p) My skin looks flushed; I have lots of moles and freckles on my body
k) My skin is smooth and soft, it looks pale sometimes

3. Hair
v) My hair is dry, thin and brittle
p) My hair is neither dry nor oily (men, receding hairline)
k) My hair is thick, full, lustrous, and slightly oily

4. Face

v) My face is oval
p) My face is triangular (pointed chin, prominent jaw line)
k) My face is round

5. Eyes

v) My eyes are small; they feel dry often and have a bit of dullness (usually brown)
p) My eyes are medium in shape; sharp & penetrating (usually blue)
k) My eyes are big and round in shape, full eyelashes

6. Hands

v) My hands are generally dry, rough; slender fingers; dry nails
p) My hands are generally moist, pink; medium fingers; soft nails
k) My hands are generally firm, thick; thick fingers; strong & smooth nails

7. Joints

v) My joints are small, prominent bones, and often crack
p) My joints are medium and loose
k) My joints are large, sturdy, with lots of muscle surrounding

8. Activities
v) I am a very active person (always on the go, mind constantly thinking)
p) I like to think before I do anything
k) I am steady and graceful (I don’t like to rush)

9. Actions
v) I walk fast and talk fast
p) My actions are very thoughtful and precise
k) I like a slower pace and I take my time to accomplish things

10. Sleep

v) I do not sleep soundly at night. I tend to toss and turn. I wake up early in the morning
p) I am a light sleeper but if something wakes me up, I can go back to sleep easily
k) I am a heavy sleeper

11. Appetite
v) Varies, sometimes I feel hungry, sometimes not, I feel anxious if I don’t eat
p) I always feel hungry. If I don’t eat I get irritable and angry
k) I don’t feel very hungry. I can go without food easily for a day

12. Bowel Movement
v) I tend to have constipation and can go a day or two without a bowel movement
p) I am regular and sometimes stools are loose (tend to get diarrhea)
k) I have no problem. I wake up to go to the bathroom.

v) My voice tends to be weak or hoarse
p) I have a strong voice, I may get loud sometimes
k) My voice is deep, has good tone

14. Emotions

v) I am a born worrier, I often feel anxious and nervous
p) If things don’t happen my way, I feel irritable and angry
k) I am a happy person, very caring and loving

15. Weather Preference

v) I love warm and humid weather
p) I enjoy cool weather, I dislike a warm climate
k) I like wam but dry weather

16. Sweating

v) I sweat little but not much
p) I sweat profusely and it might have an unpleasant odor
k) I never sweat, unless working very hard

17. Memory
v) I remember quickly and forget quickly
p) I remember what I want to remember and never forget
k) It takes me a while to remember, but once I do I never forget

18. Actions
v) I tend to be spontaneous
p) I am a list maker. Unless I plan,I don’t do anything
k) I don’t like to plan, I prefer to follow others

19. Stamina
v) I like to do things in spurts and I get tired very easily
p) I have medium stamina
k) I can work long hours and maintain good stamina

20. Mind
v) My mind gets restless easily (it starts racing
p) I get impatient easily
k) It takes a lot to make me mad. I usually feel very calm

21. Decision Making
v) I change my mind more often and will take time to make a decision
p) I can make a decision easily and stick with it
k) I want others to make the decisions

22. Personality

v) “can I change my mind”?
p) “it’s my way or the highway”
k) “don’t worry be happy”

23. Sports
v) I like action
p) I like to win
k) I like to have fun

24. Health Problems

v) My symptoms are mainly pain, constipation, anxiety and depression
p) I often get skin infections, fevers, heart burn, hypertention
k) I tend to get allergies, congestion, weight gain and digestive problems

25. Hobbies

v) I like art (drawing, painting, dance) and travel
p) I like sports, politics, and things that get my adrenaline pumping
k) I like nature, gardening, reading, and knitting.

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  19. Cheryl Mullen says:

    I couldn’t figure out what my results meant. Can you help me out?

    V = 6; K = 10; and P = 8


  20. Staci says:

    So does that mean I am Vata?

    • Monica says:

      Hi Staci!
      Looks that way! The highest number in either v, p, or k, is your dosha. Then, you can read more about Vata, Pitta, Kapha or any combination of the three and begin to live according to your OWN uniqueness :)

  21. RAYCHUL says:


  22. Violet says:

    9 – P
    8 – V
    10 – K

    now what?

    • Monica says:

      Hi Violet! The highest number in either v, p, or k, is your dosha. Then, you can read more about Vata, Pitta, Kapha or any combination of the three and begin to live according to your OWN uniqueness :)

  23. Rebecca says:

    16 K
    8 P
    1 V

    What does that mean?

    • Monica says:

      Hi Rebecca! Thanks for the question. Based on yours and others’ SAME question, “What does it all meeeaaaan?”, I revised this page with more information. Hopefully that helps! Read more about it here. AND here is an article about where to start in Ayurveda. I hope this helps you! Do let me know and thanks for visiting the site! XO!

  24. Sandra lee says:

    hi, i have no idea how i got to this website.. but i love love LOVE IT!! ok here’s me
    when i looked at the music section to get me moving the first song (you can do magic) is one of my all time favorites!! it makes me move even just sitting here on the sofa doing this questionaire. BRILLIANT!! i would like to be more in balance.
    thank you for the lovely music ideas. i am going to add that playlist to my ipod and start walking more!!
    what would be the best route to go…not the walking route i mean ;)

    thank you

    • Monica says:

      Sandra! Awesome! Isn’t Magic just the best song…pretty much ever!?!? :) Walk it out, sister! And I’m here if you have more questions about Ayurveda. XO!

  25. Dawn-Marine Thompson says:


  26. marlene says:

    bit confused
    k – 10
    p – 10
    v – 7

    where can i find out more please and thanks

    • Monica says:

      Marlene! Based on yours and others’ SAME question, “What does it all meeeaaaan?”, I revised this page with more information. Hopefully that helps! Read more about it here. AND here is an article about where to start in Ayurveda and what do to if you have two doshas. I hope this helps you! Do let me know and thanks for visiting the site! XO!

  27. judy says:

    V-12 P-6 K-7 where do you find the answer???

  28. Maria Kelly says:

    Hi Monica

    I’m V 14, P 14 and K 10. I really have no idea wheat this means and would like some help to understand it. I love the recipe. Will definitely make it. Thanks Maria

  29. SJ says:

    Hi Monica,
    Thanks for this wonderful and informative site and also your consistent connection with people. God bless you!!

    I am new to Ayurveda and got introduced to it because I was diagnosed with Vitiligo. Allopathy has no cure for it but someone told me that Ayurveda has treatment to stop it from spreading or even curing. I am now searching a good Ayurveda doctor/specialist in Maryland area to get the kind of personalized treatment you give. A couple of questions: 1) how can I make an appointment with you 2) Someone checked my pulse and said I had aggravated pitta but when I took your dosha test I got V=14, P=8 and K=7. I don’t know what all this means. Please advice a best course of action for me. I appreciate all your selfless service to humanity. Love!!

  30. kari says:

    I am 22P 1V and 2K.

    I am very over weight. What is the best route for a pitta to lose weight.

    I love the idea of the structure of ayurveda eating and routines. But struggle with feeding my family of 6. My husband is Vata (body)/Kappa (mind) how do I cook for all of us and honor everyone’s dosha. My 4 children (3 of them red heads) seem either pitta or vata dominant.

    Thank you for this awesome site. When will you publish a book? I think you deliver an understanding of ayurveda in a fantastic way.

    • Monica says:

      Hi Kari :) Thank you for your great note and questions. For any dosha, the question of losing weight has to go to the root. Start here: Why do you think you are overweight? Perhaps it’s eating to comfort or calm, wrong scheduling, eating large portions, not moving your body enough, or having emotional discomfort and using food as a way to cope/mask it. There are many reasons that come into play. I encourage you to ask yourself (you don’t have to answer here…some things are personal :) how you got there. And then start to make changes to unravel those habits. Generally speaking, MANY pittas become overweight because they work themselves too much. They might not take time to exercise, they have a stressed mind (and stressed body), they eat fast foods or skip meals (due to busy-ness) and end up starving, overeating, and/or having large portions at night, etc., It kind of links all together and then…overweight. So ask yourself how you got there…and unravel. You will get more answers from yourself thank you think!!! And I’m here to help as you go. :) You can do it. Unravel, correct, make better choices, put yourself FIRST (everyone will be better off for that too…everything starts with the self and radiates outward). :)

      If you have a large, beautiful family of all doshas, just make meals!! So simple, hey? You will automatically honor everyone’s dosha just by doing that. Unless your meal is like…one big pot of cheese. But presuming you cook more variety than a big pot of cheeeeez, use the plated portions as a guide for how each of them can build their plates :)

      Thank you for your awesome encouragement…book writing…send me prayers for more time. There is nothing I want to do more :) xo.

      • kari says:

        Unraveling is brilliant! For MANY years I have skipped meals to lose a few extra pounds only to eat what seemed like my body weight in food.

        I fequently say “I am too stressed out to exercise”. I usually give everything to whatever it is I am doing. Right now that is raising 4 beautiful kiddos. But i did start exercising regularly about 3 weeks ago. Might be time to add yoga.

        I do cook nearly every meal from scratch and we eat about 80% vegetarian. The plate portions is very helpful!

        I guess I am unclear about beans. My husband and oldest son seem to have a really hard time digesting them (vata) I have many meals on my menu lists that are bean based. I can reduce the number but some of the dishes I love. Any thoughts on how to make the more Vata friendly?

        Oh and my husband and I are super excited to try your ghee coffee tomorrow morning!

        Thank you so much for this site. Prayers of time are lifted up to you.

      • Monica says:

        HOORAY!!! Rock on with your unravelley-ness!! I am going to give you some advice, if you are just 3 weeks in and having a good exercise routine, DON’T add more. You are doing great, succeeding now. This sounds like a good balance for you, for now. Stick with your exercise routine if in…3-6 months you have more time and want to do yoga, DO IT! But I would advise not to do it yet.

        Beans! They really are not so great for vata. But, try cooking them with some cumin & ghee for your husband and son (or for yourself too). Also make sure they are not too dry. They need to be accompanied with cumin, ginger, or some other digestive spices, AND oil, fats, or some sort of stewey/soupy/goopy substance. That will make it easier but those vata dudes in your house should favor more carbs, fats, veggies, cheeses, nuts. Beans will never be their good friend – which is OK – they can load up on other stuff.

        Did your hubs try the ghee coffee?!?! Curious!!! XOXO! THANK YOU FOR YOUR PRAYERS!

  31. Lyla says:

    My is 14, p 13, k 5
    But I must tell you I’m not so sure if my answers are that accurate even though I really tried hard. Some questions are too general.
    Am I vata/pitta? How do I balance myself?
    Thank you Monica.

  32. shachi says:

    what does this score suggest?

  33. shachi says:

    v9 What am I to understand by this?

  34. shannon says:

    I am both vatta and pitta equally. I love the summer b/c it is warm and I am cold all the time.I have red hair and freckles, thin nails and skin. I have a very strong personality but shy around new people. Which should i focus on<

    • Monica says:

      Hello Shannon! Thank you for your great question. This post might help you when inquiring about 2 doshas. More than anything you will want to balance the cold (eat warmer/heavier) in vata season which is fall/early winter. And balance the heat (eat cooler, lighter, sweeter) in pitta season, which is summer. I am almost an equal blend of vata-pitta too and balancing with the seasons does me best. Also go with your cravings!! Your body will call for what it needs :)

  35. Beth says:

    Mine is close in all areas.


    • Beth says:

      So I guess I am wondering where all 3 are so close what should I eat to keep everything in balance?

      • Monica says:

        Hi Beth!
        Having all 3 in equal parts is really really really really rare. So! My guess is that two doshas might be stronger, but you have not figured that out yet (don’t worry, took me about 2 years to discover my prakruti, or natural doshic balance). Meantime! Eat for the seasons. And that’s basically choosing foods that are in season and making sure they come from a good place. Summer will be more fruits/veggies, Fall/winter will be more root veggies and carbs, Spring will be spicy, light foods. Hope this helps!! And I’m excited for you to carry on your path of self discovery! :)

  36. Thamer says:

    Greetings Monica,

    Here’s my results:


    I’ve been trying to pacify my Kapha almost a month ago through increasing my Pitta through food and drink and lost some weight in the process, still 2/3 of the way left, around 10 kgs I have to lose as I read that a Kapha usually stays 5-10 pounds overweight otherwise I’d be fighting my natural Dosha,

    Any tips on how to lose my extra weight as fast as possible?

    And what’s the body of a balanced Kapha looks like?

  37. Ilan says:

    I am V-3, P-11, K-11 (I had no answer for question 17 as my memory is nothing short of absent…? I guess I should start making homemade ghee…)
    So what does a tie mean?
    I was surprised to see on your site that Pitta and Kapha prefer the hotter seasons and Vata likes winter. I spend all summer waiting for winter! Although, in the Mediterranean climate I live in winter is cool and not cold, and it is the wet season which I love (I used to listen to recordings of rain and thunder…)
    Thanks for an excellent website.

    • Ilan says:

      I get it, “Like increases like”!
      So I guess I prefer cool and wet as it ballamces my Pitta self…?

    • Monica says:

      Hi Ilan! So…pitta and kapha don’t “like” those seasons exactly. Rather those are the doshas that rule those seasons. Pitta is fire/water, so pitta rules summertime. It is highly likely that the pitta will increase in all of us (and especially pitta people) during that time. So tips are to stay cool! That make sense? Same with kapha water/earth, which rules late winter (soggy, wet snow, clouds) and spring (rain, renewal, new growth). Vata rules winter so it’s cold and dry – so vatas need to make sure they don’t get a vata imbalance during winter – and therefore need to stay warm and moist. Does that help?? I hope that clears it up for you :) Holler if you want more clarification – I’m happy to answer.

      And a tie with your doshas – check out this article about two doshas :)

      • Ilan says:

        Hi Monica.
        So the different doshas govern the different seasons and those found to be dominant in me govern me in much the same way?
        But what if one finds himself to be 100% pitta. Would 100% pitta be the balance point for him? If he were hot in summer, then he would be in his natural balanced state and therefore not seek to cool…(?)
        I guess I am still unclear on ones place of balance. Is it at his dosha combination, to which he must seek to return whenever hey strays from it, or at a place that might soothe the extremes of his dosha combination?
        So to what dosha belongs the trait of not registering anything unless you are convinced you got it one hundred percent… :)
        Thanks Monica.

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  39. Julie F says:

    I am a Vata! Through and through!!! *except I sleep like a Kapha lol :) I guess that’s a good thing?? I have been so unhappy and having stomach pains (except for when on kitchari cleanse made with your SUPER yummy recipe) and feeling empty for the last 4 months even though I live at the beach have a beautiful, energetic, healthy 3 1/2 year old son and am in an incredible relationship with an amazing man that complements me in every way! Very balancing! I should have no reason to feel stagnant and just blah! The culprit: A DESK JOB! UGH! I just put in my notice to return to my job as a nurse with special needs adults (a pay cut but oh well, for happiness pays better dividends) and feel light and free and vibrant and energized! Happiness is getting rid of things that suck for this Vata! :) Thanks for your site Monicab!!! Namaste!

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  41. Emily says:

    Based on your assessment here and advice/ideas from one of my trusted yoga teachers, I think that I am an almost equal blend of Vata and Kapha! Not one, single Pitta response. When in periods of high stress my body feels zingy and I become ungrounded so very easily! I am kind of a “scurrier” in how I move when in these spaces.
    I would appreciate any tips- diet and exercise- to help rebalance these times in my life. I walk my dog regularly, hike, have a regular yoga practice, and have tried out a local climbing wall a few times recently (this is more of a mind-exercise, since I am also a bit scared of heights!).
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  42. Yelena says:

    Hi Monica, just today found out about Ayurveda Body Constitution in a health store. The owner described my type as Pitta, based on the fact that I am experiencing a rash on my skin and nobody (even 3 doctors) can tell what this rash is all about, and I have acne for the most part of my life (it is a lot better now ttt, but used to be inflamed and red). I came home and started doing the tests I was able to find on internet, including your site (and I love your test a lot in comparison with others), I score in between Vatta and Pitta, 1-2 point difference in Vatta favor.
    How can I balance between this two types? Thank you)))

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  44. chele says:

    Me again :) Took the test, it shows V21,P10,K12. Which is right, the pulse, and quick visual test saying Kapha or this very thorough test you have here saying Vatta? I tried to be as honest as I could, but it is hard to delve into the real me when I’m out of balance. I am not sure if my pulse/visual is off cuz I’m out of balance or if my test results are off cuz I’m out of balance. I know I loved all the herbs in my balance tea for Kapha, so not sure if that means I’m definitely not Kapha…. ugh :( THanks for any advice you can give!

  45. chele says:

    Hi Monica!
    I love this site, very informative, but I need help. I am actually current in college to get my bachelors in alternative medicine and intend to get my naturopathic degree after that. I’m a mess though lol
    A naturopathic who is trained in ayurvedic looked at me said I am Kapha, then checked my pulse and said Kapha. How accurate is that? On one test I was definitely Pitta, on another, totally Vatta. On yet another I was equal Kapha/Pitta. I’m so confused. I am completely out of balance, and at 38, don’t know what my true dosha is anymore.
    I ‘eyeballed’ this test and am about to take it, but it looks to me like strong vatta lol. I see myself as having vatta characteristics and kapha. I dont know. HOw do i figure it out, so I know how to balance myself.
    Another thing, she said that the balancing foods, we will probably not crave, is that true?
    Thanks a bunch!

  46. rupa says:

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  48. Caroline says:


    Are there not any answers to the dosha test available?

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  49. brenda says:

    how do i know which one i am i don’t know were the answer is. I am a diabetic and I am so exhausted all the time,I don’t know what to do anymore.Please help me!

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  51. Jacqui says:


    I am vata-pitta through and through and lately I have been incredibly out of balance. I am still learning about Ayurveda and the doshas, but I really relate to this and find it practical and useful. My greatest troubles are with digestion. I am lactose I tolerant and gluten intolerant which makes it more difficult for me to find foods that will both aid in digestion, alleviate constipation and bloatedness as well as balance my doshas. Can you recommend anything for me?
    I would also mention that some days I can be easily irritated, and other days I’m just exhausted wher as I normally have such a great energy. What can I do when I’m feeling out of balance and how can I recognize which dosha I should pay attention to?

    I appreciate your help.


  52. piyu says:

    i have (21) Vata and (8) Kapha and practically nonexistent Pitta. I guess the leadership force is absent in me. So i have a huge problem – im a regular smoker of marijuana. for just slightly over a year. Iv noticed the beginnings of dark circles and my skin has lost its luster.
    Ive decided to quit, but do you have any remedies? or pointers how to keep healthy?

    • Monica says:

      Hi Piyu,
      I don’t have any remedies for quitting but my first question would be to ask, “Why are you smoking it in the first place?” To escape? To calm anxiety or worries? Get to the root of why you use it and you will probably be able to start swapping it out with healthy options that solve your problem. Sorry that’s kind of vague but hope that sheds a little light.

  53. Naveen says:

    Hi! Monica,
    I have undertaken the Dosha test and found myself to be V-8, P-16 and K-11. How would you term this? Good, Bad or Ugly

  54. Linda says:

    I am Kapha with a side of Vata. In Seattle it’s February and March our rainy, wet, moist season that seems to go on forever. I’m feeling heavy, groggy, *and* soggy like a shredded wheat biscuit full of milk. All I want to do is stay warm and wear my footed P.J’s Kapha overload much? Perhaps I will do Zumba in my P.J.’s! I just downloaded your Seasonal Bloom Kapha Edition. So upbeat and positive! Thanks for the tips and I’ll keep cruising your site and Facebook page for more.

  55. TARA says:

    Hi there I also am very Vatta and Pitta with a bit of Kapha as…well…actually only Pitta had one more question marked than the others…I read the reply about the balance…and I would love to hear more information on this…I have a hard time to balance my body…seems its different by the day….but always I have delt with very sensitive facial skin….and I have tiny breakouts everywhere!…or randomly….but mostly only on my face…and it is dry….not sure what brings on the acne..for I eat really good food!

    • Monica says:

      Hi Tara,
      What about your stress levels? If our minds are stressed or distracted when we eat, we won’t digest food properly. And not digesting food properly is the quickest way to imbalance. I would suggest checking your stress or emotional levels and see if the timing of your breakouts matches up. xo!

  56. Mary says:

    Good Morning Monica,
    I have a question regarding digestion. I am a mostly Pitta type who usually is known for eating large quantities of foods with no problem.
    I do have some tendencies toward Kapha dosha, I would say that my mind feels more comfortable with a lot of Kapha traits while my body naturally tends to display Pitta traits, and so I get a mix of both.
    The difficulty I have is that in winter I tend to get a lot of gas with my digestion( from the brassica family of vegetables particularly (cooked or raw the same) glutinous grains and beans) and itchy (not dry, but with raised red bumps, worse in the bath) skin around my elbows and knees/calves as well as puffiness and dark circlesunder my eyes upon waking. All symptoms clear up in warm weather.
    I would appreciate any input you may have, as I have to live through long winters here in Saskatchewan, Canada. And would like to do so with more ease.
    Thank you

  57. Lil Lee says:

    Hi, Monica! I absolutely love your blog :) It has the most thorough Ayurvedic info that I’ve come across.
    I’m a little at a loss, though. I am definitely a slender, heat-loving, worry-wart Vata type, but I also have a lot of Kapha and am imbalanced in both. I’m not sure what to do or focus on, as some of the foods and exercises are good for one but bad for the other. One quiz described my body as Vata imbalanced and my mind as Kapha imbalanced, and I think that’s pretty accurate. Any suggestions on how to approach this? I have issues like (major) trouble falling asleep, but then over-sleeping yet still always lethargic, inability to focus or turn my mind off, constipation/bloating, and I definitely have that white tongue-coating going on, just to name the more prominent issues.
    So, do I focus more on Vata since it is winter, or will it throw my Kapha more out of balance? Are there things I can do for both? Please help! And thanks in advance!

  58. Jenna says:

    I came up with 15 Vata, 10 Kapha and 8 Pitta, so I’m not entirely sure what that means. Actually I don’t know what any of this means, I have never heard of any of it (in this form) before. I’ve heard about and studied other paths that seem to be similar, but I’m so lost and feeling like my inspiration and ability to see the beauty in all things has disappeared, so I’m thinking I need to find something new to inspire me ;) I read the Vata and Kapha descriptions after the test (not wanting to bias myself beforehand) and can agree with many, but not all, things from each. Also, I find it fascinating that I decided wind was “my” element many, many years ago and that the moon was “mine” to “pray” to, the representation of the divine womanhood within, or something akin to that anyway :) So, sorry for the the too much information, but it was good to come across your website and maybe you can offer a smidge of advice on how to start learning what to do with the information?

  59. Ole says:

    Thank you, Monica! There are lots of treasures to dig in your blog -)

  60. Ole says:

    Vata-Kapha !!!! what should I do? how do I continue living ?? and is it worth it? ok , I’m just trying to be dramatic, BUT still it’s like 2 opposites . How to deal with it?
    I’m totally vata body and quick-change mind type, but as well kapha “gifted” : all-year-round rhinitis, stay-in-bed-forever , slump and sometimes really deep-pressed.
    I wake up early, exercise, eat well and on-time, and it all helps me, BUT I just can not follow this schedule more than 2-3 weeks, after there is a slump-week (or two) and than I’m on track again.
    I just don’t know what to do with myself…

    p.s. great, beautiful and colorful blog!

    • Monica says:

      Hahahaaa…Ohhhh dramatic vata ;) I think I would like to answer this on a larger level to all the readers. It’s a good point about kapha/vata balancing and I think it’s worth sharing. In the meantime, maybe this article on balancing two doshas will help in the meantime. xo!

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  62. sunil says:


    That certainly helped. Also like to tell that I am very found of exercises. I do brisk walking /jogging/yoga in that order in a day (5 times a week, take rest when I need to..) Till now I’d only stop doing the first two only when I start to sweat or am out of breath. Is that OK ?.I know Vata needs to be grounded & do it more slowly but that’s how I love doing it. I also do lot of Pranayam (full set) & other yogic asanas to soothe my nerves. Please suggest more useful tips, if any, considering that I love doing exercises out in the open in the lap of mother nature instead of close environs.

  63. sunil says:

    Hi Monica,
    My results are V15, P5, K5. I have been to various sites & have took this test with varying results like V or P or both V P and even all 3 in equal measure. I don’t know which one to believe & act upon. But I think yours is more balanced and reliable & seems to be more ME. So I must take care of my V but as other 2 are also low scoring (but equal in result), what should be my plan of action about P/K. What do you suggest ?

  64. BeckyinAustin says:

    I have tested as V(9), K(8), and P(8).

    What up now? Ideas?

  65. AmeliaBTS says:

    Monica I took the test selecting multiple options and came out V (12) P (14) and K (11). I saw your response to another individual saying it is rare to have such close results so retake. The second time I opted to choose a single answer and got similar results P(9) K (9) and V (7). How to interpret?

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  67. Macarena says:

    Hi, Monica!

    First of all… great site! I have been reading some stuff and i love it. And I have seen that you always respond to the questions people have. I have to say that that fact shows something very beautiful. I feel like this is your real passion, otherwise you wouldn’t be so kind with all of us.

    I took the test and as you said, if we feel like we have two answers, we should mark them both, and so I did. It turns out that I have 13V, 12K and 6P. I also took the test on the Deepak Chopra web site and i got the same results, more vata but with a lot of kapha.

    The thing is that on the one hand i clearly see myself with a vata mind. I’m active, creative, volatile, I have short attention spans, i talk a lot and fast and when I get activated, I get really activated. But on the other hand, I think I have more of a Kapha body. I gain weight really easily, I am thick, strong built and veeery lazy. I love beeing laid down on the couch or reading in my bed, and I often feel a deep lack of vital energy mostly at noon and sunset. What does this mean? Can I have this type of combination? And I’m all messed up, because I don’t know which diet to follow or what kind of exercise should I do. Can you help me a little bit on that?

    Thank you for this very ilustrative site.
    I wish you the best of lucks!

    • Monica says:

      Hi Macarena!
      Thank you for the beautiful note and for your sweet words. Yes, you can definitely have that combo – have you always felt like you have lack of energy or is this a new thing? If it’s always been there, then it’s very likely you have some physical kapha qualities to you! If it’s new, then it sounds like you may need to alter your diet/daily routine to a lighter fare…either kapha is increased or perhaps your agni (digestive fire) is low (not uncommon for vatas).

      Here’s a little bit on what to do when we are two doshas:
      And overall, regardless of our original make-up, we start by managing the dosha that feels most out of balance (in your case, kapha). You may be vata/pitta naturally, but life habits, emotions, environment, etc., may have resulted in your kapha being higher than it should be naturally. Does that makes sense?

      Hope this helps!! xoxo, Monica

  68. Melisa says:

    I came up with V 13 P 10 and K13. I am overweight and can’t seem to loose weight no matter what I do. Now that I am older, I have chronic fatigue and weakness. I love hot and spicy food, but I must be doing something wrong. I also don’t eat meat except fish. Now what?

    • Monica says:

      Hi Melissa, I would ask how much you are moving your body? Because of your vata & kapha are almost even, I would guess that you don’t have the fastest metabolism (low agni) and one way to increase that is through exercise. I would suggest that along with lots of spicy/tasty veggies and less heavy/cheesy/fried foods. Let me know if that resonates!

  69. RaniA says:

    Hi Monica,

    I am avid Ayurveda fan. From your dosha test I got V12,P18,K5. My pitta is currently imbalanced as I have red eyes, little heartburn, waking up in early hours of morning and unable to go to sleep. Since trying the pitta balancing diet, I am seeing good change. However I am dairy intolerant (including yogurt) and wanted to check if coconut milk kefir would be good as a probiotic, but since fermented foods are not advised, wanted to check with you.

    Thanks for your wonderful work!

    • Monica says:

      Yay for Ayurveda fans! And hooray for pitta improvements!! Coconut milk would be amazing for you!! Have that, coconut water, and aloe vera juice (not all at the same time ;). All really amazing for pitta. Thank YOU for reading and asking!

  70. SAM says:

    Just did Dosha test I’m V13/P11/K1. Where do I go from here?

  71. BrendaB says:

    Hey MonicaB,
    Just did the dosha test. V9/K9/P7.
    Where should I go from here. Ayurveda really interests me but I never know where to start.
    Thankx so much :)

  72. Mary lou says:

    Did the test mostly v , where do you find the answer ????

  73. garry says:

    Ayurvedic doc checked my pulse and said I m pitta and my body structure showed him Kapha… he said I m Kapha-pitta….. is ginger good for me? if yes how much and in which form? fresh or powdered? Since I m pitta is it okie to take cinnamon cloves cardammom fennel etc spices on daily basis in moderation amount? what should be my diet if I m kapha-pitta as both are opposing I fear If I eat hot stuff my piita would give me issue but if I eat sweet/oily my kapha would aggravate.. Pls guide

  74. Bhavika says:

    Hi Monica,
    Thank you for sharing your knowledge on this simple and easy to follow website!! After doing the Dosha test I seem to be equally kapha and vata. I am slim, don’t usually gain weight at all and have major issues with sinus congestion. I am trying very hard to eat properly but am getting confused as to which foods are ideal for my combination. Please kindly let me know.
    Thanks :)

  75. Ms.Cristi says:

    Good day, Monica

    I took the test, I am: V~7, P~11, K~7. I suffer from horrible, doubling over, constipation. I can eat just about anything and never get indigestion, however, my digestion is a mess. I worry about things that are waaayyy beyond my control and work myself into a tissy. How can I get this under control?

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  77. Shanice says:

    Hey Monica, My dosha test is all over the place (I need help) I have 22 V, 5 P and 8 K. I realized I’m a dominant vata with pitta and kapha tendencies. I’ve been feeling depressed a lot lately and really unfocused and I think thats coming from my Vata. I would love for you to help me get this under control, I’m usually a cheerful person, but very impatient and aggressive at times. I’m looking for a natural way to control me emotions and refocus myself. Ive been losing weight rapidly since when I’m in my depressed mode I have no appetite (I have lost 10lbs in 2 weeks and for me that is a lot cause I’m already really petite). Do you have any ideas on how I can balance myself through eating and meditation? This would be a great for me.

    This is an awesome site by the way keep up the great work!!!!

    • Monica says:

      Hey Shanice!
      Hm, without knowing you this is tough to advise. There are many reasons why you could be off balance. Overall I suggest following vata diet and lifestyle guidelines. There are lots of tips and information in this vata seasonal bloom:
      This should give you some good answers about how vata ticks!! Thanks for your nice words and let me know if you have specific questions!

  78. Heather says:

    Hi Monica,
    I am Pitta 16 vata 12 and kapha 2. But I have alot of vata imbalance (in another test i had more vata) so I have been eating more of vata diet the last week.

    The more carbs i eat (by carbs i mean rice or grains) the more i crave and i don’t want to stop eating. I am quickly gaining unwanted weight and just and bloated and distented as ever.

    In addition to anxiety bloating, gas etc (vata symptoms) I also have a pitta skin breakout right now too…I feel confused with how to eat…

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    • Monica says:

      Hi Heather,
      Keep in mind, you can’t have just carbs or you will be munchy munchy. Balance your carbs with a little protein and you’ll be satisfied longer – you won’t get that blood sugar spike. Follow a vata diet and vata life style until your bloaties/gas calms down and until you feel more satiated with your meals. This might help:

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  80. Audrey says:

    Hi Monica,

    First of all I love your website -great content and graphics.

    I just did the dosha test – my results are

    Pitta 8, Vata 9, Kapha 7

    What would be the best diet to follow for balance….and any other tips you can offer would be appreciated.


    • Monica says:

      Hi Audrey! Thanks for your compliments and for the question. Since yours are fairly close, you’ll want to choose foods that are in season. Overall your pitta is higher so make sure you are not having anything too heating, spicey, sour or salty. Also important to remember overall are the nutritional guidelines:

      Be sure to check out the Seasonal Blooms (put them in the search box) and it will give you diet & lifestyle advice for each season. I think that’s going to be your best bet :) Happy Lifing!

  81. Molly says:

    Hi Monica,
    This website is great! I’ve taken dosha tests before, and they alway say different things- I know a lot of that has to do with environment. This time I came out v-12, p-16, k-13, which feels the most accurate. I have done a lot of work on myself and explored my various dosha qualities a lot. In another comment you said that having all three equally is rare, but here I seem pretty close (though pitta is kind of obvious). Is there anymore you can say about that?

    Such a great site!

    • Monica says:

      Hiya Molly! Overall your pitta is strongest :) So you are a pitta with secondary doshas vata/kapha. Overall, you will follow pitta diet & lifestyle but also pay close attention to balancing your life by the seasons, especially foods. In winter, you can have heavier foods – summer have cooler foods – spring have lighter/spicier foods. The great news is that you are well rounded!

  82. Lauma says:

    Hello, Monica :)
    Thank you so much for this site.. it helps me a lot in making the life better :)
    Could you, please, help me.. I had thought that Im kapha since I went for ayurvedic doctor and he told that I was vata-pitta… now Im stuck.. have no idea what to eat.. what to do.. have to change all my lifestyle.. What do I start with?
    And I moved from North Europe to Tunisia a year ago.. so now I live in a hot climate. And I have a very low iron and hemoglobin level.. so.. dont now what to eat.. how to make balance.
    Thanks in advance :)

  83. Darien says:

    Hi Monica,

    My score is V-12, K-6, P-9.

    Can you advise what kind of foods that I can take and avoid? I tend to be an anxious person.

    Kindly advise. Thanks.

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  85. Joy says:

    Just wanted to say thank you for your website…it is the first one that has made the Ayurvedic doshas make sense to me to where I know I can stop searching the web!!! I took the quiz and got V=7 K=21, P=11. I feel like I am predominantly Kapha so that made perfect sense…with a little Pitta on the side (mostly in my mind…not body type really). I don’t see alot on that combo but I did see you mention in another comment that there was a post re: this…so I’ll have to check it out…thanks again for your site!

    • Monica says:

      Hi Joy! Many of us have two doshas that are close together – this article might help you: What if I’m two doshas?! Thanks for inquiring and for reading!

  86. Dominique says:

    Hi Monica,

    My score was 13 Vata, 10 Pitta & 2 Kapha. My main problem is this: I have tons of anxiety, but also tons of anger/Pitta emotions too. I actually can’t really decide which I have more of! It seems like they feed each other. The anxiety turns into anger when what I was worried about ends up happening. And then I get depressed lol. It’s pretty much horrible.

    I do know that I was much more likely to be worried, sensitive and detached when I was a child – I’m told that I never really got angry at all until I started going through puberty. Do you think the increased heat/hormonal changes caused my Pitta to get imbalanced? Because I’ve also had unbearable PMS/PMDD since I was about 13.

    I am just trying to figure out whether to focus on treating the Vata or the Pitta problem first. I guess the logical thing would be to treat Vata first, but it’s absolutely SO foreign to me to even conceive of a life without anxiety and worry.

    Yes, this is the drama of the Vata experience. We fear what might happen if we were to live a life with no fear!

    Any input would be great :) Thanks!


    • Monica says:

      Sweet Dominique, What’s happening is your roller coaster of vata emotions is pushing around your pitta anger. Am I correct in thinking you get these hot tempered/anger flashes and then they go away? And then you feel stupid/bad for flying off the handle? That’s typical for vata/pitta types because vata (movement) pushes pitta (stagnant but firey) around, like the wind blows through a fire. Puberty starts pitta stage in life, so that’s when most of us get hot-headed :) Conversely, menopause is when we leave pitta stage and enter vata stage of life, which is why we get hot flashes, cause the heat is leaving.

      Would you be open to doing a mini bud with me? It’s $35 for 30 minutes and I think we could iron out a lot of this in that time. Overall, for you, you would treat your vata first. Start by breathing a LOT more than you do. That’s your homework for now. Mouth closed, nose open, breathe from the belly, slow and deeply whenever you feel anxious. Do it often and whenever you think of it (in the car is great! At your desk at work is too). LOTS and LOTS of breathing, it will calm your mind. XO

  87. Jennifer says:

    Hi there!

    I’m new to all of this and just moved to a humid climate and am struggling with my over-heating body and thought I’d learn about my doshas and what to do to balance. Not surprisingly, I scored k-10 p-13 v-1. I’m full figured, good skin, hair, nails, like kapha but a big time thinker with lots of energy and VERY warm like pitta. I tend to enjoy being hot, love being in the sun and enjoy the feel of the humidity here in New Orleans but my body isnt responding to it. Any advice? I unfortunately love heating foods- alcohol (wine!), chilies, curries, etc. And I also enjoy working out, though I never seem to lose weight from it. I’ve done everything from hot yoga, biking (I bike most places, but kapha-style on a cruiser), aerobics, cardio, boxing, swimming, running, hiking, etc etc. I just have a feeling I’m doing something wrong that I could easily fix to balance my two doshas and help lighten my body weight load a bit. Ideas? Recipes? Thanks!

  88. amit says:

    Monica… i am vata person and i want to change myself ….. how long it takes for me and how can i do this … pl. monica reply me …. pl.

  89. George's says:

    Can we put several answers fo a question? Thanks.

    • Monica says:

      Hi George! Yes, you can have two answers to a question, but try to choose just one – you can choose the other as a “secondary” choice which will probably give you good insight your secondary dosha :)

  90. sanjay says:

    i am
    60% vata
    20% kapha
    20% pitta

    what to do.. :-(

  91. Rod says:

    Your dosha test says I am a Pitta-Kapha with low Vatta (11-10-3 count respectively). My humble question is do I need to lower Pitta & Kapha or increase Vatta? A friend brought me Avipathi Churnam to get rid of toxins and cleanse colon, help liver etc before starting to balance. But how to start?

    • Monica says:

      Hi Rod,
      Really good question! Well, if you took the quiz and answered the questions according to who you are naturally, having a low vata is just fine! The goal is not to have equal parts in all doshas. Rather, the goal is to figure out what your natural combination is and maintain that throughout your life. So! If you naturally are 11-10-3 and find that you are pretty close to that in the present, congratulations! You are doing everything right. If you are naturally 11-10-3 and find that you feel way more vata increase, that means vata is too high and you need to bring it down so that it matches your natural combo. Does this make sense?

      Overall for you, you will need to follow pitta and kapha diet/lifestyle recommendations. Since those two doshas are most prominent in you, those two are the ones most likely to increase and therefore the ones you want to focus on. Unless you are feeling overly vata (anxious, panic, depressed, jittery, nervous, racing mind), then vata is probably at it’s perfect balance within YOU and you are doing great. Does this help at all? Let me know if you have more questions – this is a good one! Best,

  92. Brittany says:

    Hi Monica

    Just took the quiz and I got V23 and K2.

    So am I mainly vata and just ignore the two kapha that I got? I don’t know what to do.

  93. rohini says:

    hi monica i m v6 p&k 13 so i think im more of pita and kapha i hav read all the comments but none of them are of combi of these two doshas kindly guide me regarding this!!!!
    great website!!!!!!!!
    keep doing well!!!!!!!!!

  94. Amanda says:

    Thank you, Monica. I’m learning a lot!

  95. Gabrielle says:

    Hi Monica!
    Your blog is great. I’m a student of Ayurveda and I really enjoy the information you put on it, your approach is really accessible for the modern mind and life :)
    I just took the test and as I already knew, I’m Vata-Kapha. They are really close… 18 Vata, 14 Kapha. I get a little confused with my constitution so I’d like to have your advice… those two doshas are quite opposite, right? So what to do then?? How to balance both at the same time?

    Thank you !

  96. B says:

    Hi Amanda, the problem with Ayurvedic recommendation for foods is that they are not part of the classical texts and depend primarily on modern interpretations of foods based on experience of practitioners . Also, many foods can change their qualities depending on how they are prepared, when they are harvested, when they are eaten and so forth so different books and sources will have different effects that they are looking at which are diffifcult ot ascertain unless you know a lot about these things. In order to really know the foods you have to do some research as well as experience things for yourself.
    As far as almonds are concerned, make sure you soak them overnight and peel them and they will they should be okay for you if you are a pitta. However make sure you only eat a handful at a time throughout various parts of the day and not all at once. This goes for almost any seeds as they are hard to digest and not meant to be eaten a lot at once.
    As far as your wanting those other foods, listen to your body. If it is vata season where you are your body needs more fats and heavier foods at this time, plus fish and nuts are good for your type so eat AS MUCH of those foods as you want until you feel satiated. This is the time for the body to bulk up and put on a few pounds before spring cleansing when you will loose it.You will get vata imbalance if you don’t listen to those cravings…

  97. Amanda says:

    I saw it on another Ayurveda site. According to them, sunflower seeds were okay for pitta types but almonds were not recommended. I was going to continue eating them regardless because they’re so healthy and tasty. Incidentally, are foods like canned sardines and salmon considered “light” oily foods? I eat a lot of them and they’ve never had a heating influence on my body. I’m wondering if my body is trying to tell me that I’m having a vata imbalance? Almonds, salmon, sardines. . . ?

  98. Amanda says:

    Great site, Monica. . . I’m a pitta and would like to know why almonds (one of my favorites) aren’t considered a balancing food for my dosha. Thanks!

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  100. Sneha says:

    Hi Monica,

    Great website, I must say. I am an Indian and I grew up hearing about all these doshas from my grand parents. Whenever some one fell ill in the house my granny would try house remedies after checking the doshas. ( every other day I heard her saying ( one of the dosha) doshsa has increased.

    But I have never seen any one put it in such a nice way, especially the dosha test. Liked it. :)

    I am a pitta by the way .And I get a lot of skin rashes every now and then. What food should I avoid or eat to keep it balanced?


    • Monica says:

      Hi Sneha!
      Thanks so much for the compliment – I’m glad you like the site! So interesting that Ayurveda is such a part of your family history. Sometimes it takes a while for it all to sink in…and you have been able to experience that first hand because once again Ayurveda is making an appearance for you :) Skin rashes…you might get rashes more in the summer when it’s hot? Am I right? Coconut water would be sooo good for you – it’s very cooling/soothing for the tissues. Cucumber, cilantro, fresh fruits (no citrus) and veggies (no tomatoes) are all good. Milk is good. All grains are good. Reduce red meat and anything that’s too spicy. Reduce salt and fermented/pickled foods. Eliminate yogurt (unless you turn it into a lassi, then it’s really good for you!). Ginger is good if it’s added to cooking or powdered – raw ginger could heat you up and make your skin red. Also drink plenty of water! Does this help? Thanks again for your inquiry and I hope you continue to enjoy the site!

  101. Suzie says:

    I scored 17 V’s, 7 P’s and 1 K, guess Im a VATA

  102. Erica says:

    My husband got V-9, P-5, K-11. I got V-4, P-17, K-4. What are some foods that both Pitta and Kapha can enjoy or both need to avoid?

    • Monica says:

      Hi Erica,
      They should both have lots of veggies for sure. Spicy foods kapha can have and pitta should have less spicy – so if you make a dish you can make it mildly spicy and kapha can add more to their individual serving. Both of you need to watch salty and sour/fermented foods. Pittas should favor more carbs and can get away with digesting meat, while Kapha needs to have less carbs and less (or no) meat. To make it work, it might just be as simple as balancing your plates! Read on as to how:

      Does this help at all??

  103. Maria says:

    My total was V-10 P-11 K-11…does that mean I’m a mixture of all three?

    • Monica says:

      Hi Maria!
      Good question…all of us are a mix of all three. We have all three working simultaneously all the time. But! The quiz should highlight one or two doshas that are most dominant in you. Be sure to take the quiz according to who you are naturally (not how you are today, or how you want to be). It is extremely rare to be all three doshas evenly. So rare, that one of the doctors doing Ayurvedic practice for 40 years has never seen someone tridoshic. You may want to try the quiz again and really dig deep when answering. AND if you are still tridoshic, I’ll cue the balloons and confetti to fall from the ceiling ;) xo

  104. Piyush says:

    I’m a Kapha/Vata? My tally was K-19,V-16,P-3. Is this unusual? Kapha and Vata seem to be opposites in many ways; aside from the fact that they’re both cool. For example sweets and wheat are good for Vata but bad for Kaph, and Vata’s dry, Kaph’s wet.

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  106. sharon says:

    Hi Monica

    I have taken your test and my results are p=7, v=9, k=8. Using your previous advice to people I retook the test and my scores were the same for all threes doshas. So I got my partner to do the test on my behalf and he made me all 3 doshas the same? I took another test in book and again scored the same, all bar a point or two. I have no idea what I am, can you help in any way???? Many thanks

    • Monica says:

      Hi Sharon!
      Yeah, unfortunately it’s impossible for me to say without knowing/seeing you (which is the beauty of Ayurveda, we have to get to know you a little first :). I will say that having three doshas in equal parts is extremely rare – so rare, that doctors practicing for 40 years have never seen it. It’s not impossible to be tri-doshic but it’s really really rare. I would say, keep discovering yourself and letting yourself unravel. As you start to ask yourself, “what is ‘naturally’ me?” it will become more clear over time what your balance is. I know this isn’t really the black and white answer you were probably looking for…but that’s why I love Ayurveda…because there are soooo many colors in between black and white :) xo

  107. sharona says:

    i did another test and on it i’m just pitta. my husband took test and he got various answers when he did it as well. so we are now both confused , any recomendations?

  108. sharona says:

    hi! thanks for having this comments section! i am new to this and tried out several tests, one test gave me all three in perfect blance v-73,p-73,k-73, one test i was v-11, p-4, k-9, one test i was p-6, v-2,k-2 and your test i was p-13,v-13,k-6 needless to say i’m very confused! am i vata pitta?

    • Monica says:

      Hi Sharona!! Yeah taking these tests over and over might get confusing! When you take the tests take them according to who you are NATURALLY, not necessarily who you are today (we can imbalance over time). Also, you might float between two doshas, which is very common. Having all three doshas in equal balance is VERY very very rare and not likely.

      I’m going to suggest this. Read up on the doshas (see the overview on the left side of my site) and really start to learn them. More than any test, once you get to know your personality, you will discover where you fit. I am also going to guess that you are a vata in mind because you keep taking the test over and over – hahaha! The impatience and “must know now!” of a vata ;) <3. Really though, it took me 2 years to FINALLY figure out who I am and what I'm made of. So be an observer and be patient. If you want a clear idea quickly you might want to consider seeing an Ayurvedic Practitioner to help you :) Hope this helps. Bottom line, when figuring out who you are, it's OKAY to take your time :)

  109. Anna says:

    Amazing! Thank you so much for the quick response and wonderful resources! Very helpful….I will definitely pass along.



  110. Anna says:

    Hello! Really great site – thank you!! A question for you: I am predominantly pitta with a fair amount of Vata. However, as with every year this time of year, I feel lethargic and gain weight. This happens around the Feb – April time frame and is a result of not having as much energy to work out, and craving different types of foods. I don’t have this issue during other months of the year, especially not in the Oct-Jan months when I have a ton of energy and not a big appetite. Do you know what would be causing this and how I can get out of this seasonal slump? Thanks!

  111. Tanya says:

    Hi Monica,

    I just took the test and am P14/K10/V8. I gave multiple answers to several questions, since, for exaple, I really do enjoy all kinds of weather. etc. I am new to Ayurveda and your site seems to be exactly what i need to wrap my mind around the whole prakruti vs. imbalnce and seasonality thing:) I’ll keep on reading and somewhere else I’ll ask you specific question about a health thing i’ve been having for almost a year now…Talk to you soon and many thanks:):)

    • Monica says:

      Hi Tanya! Yes! And don’t be frustrated if it takes you a while to figure out your dosha(s). It took me about 2 years to figure out mine ;) Just start to pay attention to yourself and be open to learning. Slowly you will unravel in front of your own eyes and it’s beautiful! xo!!

  112. Pallavi says:

    Hi monica.. I have been very interested in ayurveda since i was in my 20’s and reading lots of stuff on internet. but trust me this is the place which i liked the most .your website. recently started following your site. I just loved it. Really good work. and loads of good luck for more to come. keep enlighten our lives. Thanks much for writing this blog.

    • Monica says:

      Awww. Pallavi, thank you for such a heartfelt note. This made my day and confirms that in teaching Ayurveda, I’m on the right path. :) Thank you for this wonderful gift today. xo.

  113. Lori says:

    Took the test. 13P, 10K and 2V. Love your site especially the take it slow to change your life post this morning. The Benjamin Franklin schedule also set me on the right track this morning. What is a small step that I could take to begin?

    • Monica says:

      Hi Lori! Thanks for your nice note! Ahhh…small changes. Starting small could be, walking 15 minutes a day to get more exericse. Or maybe going to bed by 10:00 if you don’t already. Maybe it’s having breakfast if you tend to skip it. Maybe it’s having a light dinner if it tends to be your biggest meal. These suggestions will slowly start the ball rolling. Once you have one of these habits down, add another, and then another. And we build until before we know it, we’re following a schedule like Mr. Franklin and our life is swimming along in harmony :) xo

  114. Ramesh says:

    My test shows 11P,11K and3V and my age is 61years,82Kg and 175cm tall.Retired and limited activities Knee paining while climbing stairs.Can you suggest/guide me for comfortable and healthy life!

  115. Annu says:

    i have K=4, V=11, P=10..shud i be following a diet for V then though its just 1 point ahead of Pitta?

    • Monica says:

      Hi Annu, Since vata and pitta are so close, really monitor your balance per season. Summer is pitta so you’ll want to really follow pitta-balancing lifestyle/foods at that time. Fall & early winter is vata season so then you’ll follow the vata-balancing lifestyle/foods. I hope this helps.

  116. Danielle says:

    Hi there,
    I’ve always had a hard time finding out what I may be from the self-tests. On this test, I just got P=15, V=14 and K=9. Tridoshic? Any thoughts? Thank you!

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  118. Jon says:

    I’m primarily vata, but with many shades of kapha. As a result, I have acne AND eczema on my face. Bummer! It seems like when I balance for when, the other acts up. Fruit (namely pears and apples) have been my main experiment so far – when I eat stewed pears and apples, my acne and general face oiliness improves, but the eczema gets worse. When I stop the pears/apples (and anything sugar), the eczema starts to fade but the oiliness and acne return. No fair! ;) Any ideas?

    • Monica says:

      Hi Jon! Oooo, thanks for asking. This is a really tough to answer over email because I don’t know enough about you. One thing I know is that neither apples nor pears should worsen your condition. Here’s the thing, there are different kinds of acne (pitta or kapha type) AND there are different types of eczema (vata, pitta, kapha) too. So, depending on what types of acne & eczema you have, only then can we figure out what is causing the problems. In a nutshell…I don’t know! :/ I would need more information to give you proper advice. Boo (yes I boo’ed myself), I wish I had more answers for you!!!!

  119. The Unknown Surfer says:

    I’m very easy – pasta primary – I surf Central America at mid-day when it’s nuclear. The best dosha test was on your BTR show… the drive-bys. Love the show.

  120. Heather says:

    Thanks so much Monica! This test is great and a lot easier to take than many others I’ve used. I’m a certified teacher of ayurveda and would like to use this quiz in an upcoming workshop. Is that o.k.? I thought I’d ask first. I’ll note your website as the source, of course. It’s fantastic, by the way, and I love the art work. Congrats on a job really well done.

  121. Casey says:

    Wow turns out I was right about my suspicions.. I am Vata. But I’m really shocked that alot of these things and personalities are actually true about me. It’s like you know me already! haha. By any chance would you know why I break out in hives everytime I get cold? It probably has nothing to do with this but it got me curious. See when I get cold, be it my hands, my back, my legs I break out in hives. I get all itchy too! At first I thought it was an allergic reaction to food… but even when I sit in my room without the heater on I break out if I get cold. Any thoughts on this?

    • Monica says:

      Casey, that’s so odd. You only break out when you get cold? Because heat is usually the culprit behind hives and rashes. Unless your vata energy is pushing excess heat that you’ve accumulated somewhere in your body, to the skin? It’s a tough one and I’m not sure what to advise since I don’t know that much about you or you lifestyle. Let me think on it – if I come up with something brilliant, I’ll let you know ;)

  122. Jen says:

    WOWZA! I am 21 vata 2 pita 2 kapha. I get a bad wrap for being a flake. I try to explain to people that at the time I make plans I really wanted to do it, then my mind changes the day of. Sounds like to me my vata dosha could be affecting me. thanks for you site!

    • Monica says:

      Yipeeeee little vata!! Yah, the flakey thing is definitely something to be mindful of. Remember, just because it’s in your nature doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a “good” trait…right!? Nor is it an excuse to continue the “not so great” behavior. So, now that you know you tend to change your mind, try sticking to the plan/commitment you’ve set. Actually “sticking” to something is grounding and exactly what you (and your comrades) need for balance. Give it a whirl!

  123. Carolina Nava says:

    Hi Monica, I’ve been searching in the web about ayurveda, hypothyroidism, yoga and so….I go to a practitioner here in Mexico, where I live. I’m an almost total Kapha….21K, 3 V and 1 P…I started with this last September, I’ve felt much better, more energetic, my itches are away, no hair loss, but the overweight doesn’t want to leave my body(LOL!!!!!)…I’m 47 years old…no menopause yet….I follow the Kapha food list, the best I can….I hope you have some advice…thanks Monica!!!

    • Monica says:

      Carolina! Yes, kaphas have a dickens of a time losing weight. GOOD JOB on all the other stuff. A few major tips for kapha. 1) Do not eat anything sugary sweet or heavy for breakfast – you will start the day off on the wrong foot. Have an apple or pear or citrus fruit. You can sprinkle a little chili powder and lime juice! I love going to the Mexican fruit guys in LA that put lime, chili and salt on fruit! Do that! Just omit the salt so that it’s kapha friendly. 2) Make dinner really small and light. Have liquid soup or a small rice and veggie dish or vegetables in a corn tortilla with salsa. Lots of veggies will be your best friend, but make sure dinner is really small. You don’t want to be “full” you just want to be “no longer hungry.” That way your agni (digestive fire) can catch up and start using the stored meda (fat tissue). AND you’ll wake up like a spring chicken cause you’ll feel lighter! 3) If you are not hungry, don’t eat, just drink ginger tea until you are hungry. That is your body saying that you are not done digesting the previous meal yet. Hope this helps, lovely one!!!! xo

  124. suneil kher says:

    8/v 12/p 7/k help

  125. Amy Howard says:

    Whoops…I meant VATA, not Vitta. Geez.

  126. Amy Howard says:

    Hi Monica!

    I am:
    Pitta 14, Kapha 8, Vitta 5.

    My husband (according to me) is:
    Pitta 13, Kapha 9, Vitta 3.

    Any bright ideas for centering us and making us our healthiest, most vibrant selves from nutrition to spirit to appearance? We sure could use the advice.



  127. Deanette says:


    I just took the Dosha test and I am 8 vata, 9 pitta and 9 kapha. What does this mean? Thank you.

    • Monica says:

      Hmmm…having all three doshas in equal parts is VERY rare, although not impossible! I suggest retaking it and answer the questions with the mindset of “this is my NATURAL tendency.” it shouldn’t necessarily be what you are today…the goal is to discover your natural balance and over time we develop habits which may swing us toward another dosha (or two). Try again with that info and see if you come up with the same combo. Hug!!

  128. Deborah L says:

    Thanks for your colorful,artistic, attractive site: it makes many ideas and concepts less daunting and more understandable for the dosha test resulted in mostly Vata……I would be interested to learn more about diet,lifestyle,meditation,scents,essences etc for this imbalance…iam also very interested to learn more about the Ayurvedic approach to Arthritis as this is one of my main issues…thankyou

  129. Brenda says:

    Hello, just took your test, Pitta/Kapha with a sprinkling of Vata, 13/9/5. I have difficulty understanding how you handle the food combination. Do you always go to the Pitta? Thank you, I am glad you found your life’s work.

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  131. Cindi says:

    First, I will say that I like your site. Thank you for sharing this information. :)

    My results on the test were interesting… I have taken dosha tests before, but before now had always tended to fall mostly on the Pitta side with Vata being secondary (and Kapha non-existent). With this test I am appearing to be almost 50-50%, leaning slightly more toward Vata. Would time of year have anything to do with this?
    It is also worth noting that I have been struggling with depression and anxiety for the past year, and so it is interesting to see that it may be a Vata related condition.
    I do eat grains and use ghee in my cooking, but I will have to look into other methods as well I think.. Is it possible that my sudden swing towards being Vata-centric is an imbalance, as I had usually seemed to come out heavier on the Pitta side before?

  132. Ayesha says:

    i am all of the doshas equally.

  133. Monica says:

    So great to hear from you Joie! Yes, I know your pitta and your vata. You are a wonderful balance!! You have found your way and are doing work that fuels your soul. Amen sister!! Keep on keepin on!! xo

  134. Robert says:

    clearly Pitta.. Now what? do I just eat foods that are on the Pitta food list..?


    • Monica says:

      Hey Robert! Well, mostly, yes. However nature is always changing and therefore so are we. Ayurveda is not cut and dry, it ebbs and flows. The foods on the list are a great guideline to start with but there are many more details that come into play too. Ayurveda is very very large and gets into deep specifics depending on the person. I try to simplify Ayurveda without making it too “generic” – because Ayurveda is anything but generic. Hit me up with questions – I’m most happy to help. And, most likely you are not the only one who has them… :)

  135. Joie Seldon says:

    Hi Monica!
    Love your blogsite! Some things never change. I’m Pitta (12), with Vata (8) second. So interested in your comment to marit. Some of the answers were hard to pick between the two. I’m feeling fairly balanced these days.

  136. Monica says:

    YAY! I’m glad you like the site. Great question! You will always need to keep the two in balance. But there are certain things that will imbalance one or the other…like seasons. In warm weather, you will probably need to pay more attention to your pitta and in cold weather, pay attention to vata. Vata many times is the first dosha to go out of whack – because it’s such a fast energy. It’s also the fastest dosha to come back into balance – so that’s the good news.

    You will always and forever want to focus on vata/pitta balancing foods. Ghee will be your best friend! It will help the anxiety, scalp (you can put it on your head at night…but your pillow might smell like butta) and excess heat. Ghee is the only oil that is actually cooling AND strengthens agni.

    Grains will help your bowels behave and fruits and water will calm down the acne. All are vata/pitta balancing. Anything bitter like coffee or salads will imbalance vata (esp when it’s cold out). Anything heating or sour (citrus) or fermented (pickles, alcohol) will imbalance pitta (esp in the heat).

    If you have more questions, I will be more than happy to go over this in more detail with you. I am a vata-pitta myself :) xo

  137. marit says:

    I’m both Vata and Pitta (or so says every test I take as well as an Ayervedic nutritionist I used to see). I also have excess heat (according to my acupuncturist), which causes acne and irregular bowls. I think the Vata is what causes anxiety and busy-ness and a flakey scalp. So… how does one find the right foods, etc. when on the fence? Should I be paying more attention to staying away from the foods that cause imbalance, or to eating the foods that help to bring balance?

    Thank you for the great website! I’ve been looking for something like this forever!!!

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