In November 2020, we sent out an Ayurveda Quiz that received over 1,000 responses! We gathered some of the data from the quiz to explore how the Ayurvedic constitutions are present within our global community and examine the multifaceted ways we experience stress and celebrate emotions.
The infographic captures the quiz results and the solutions to living a more harmonious lifestyle by understanding each of the doshas. Your constitution varies from moment to moment; what you’re working with today may be different from how you felt yesterday. Ayurveda teaches us to examine the internal and external factors contributing to our lifestyle—from what we eat to the weather outside and how we interact with those we love.
The quiz and all results were gathered to shed insight on how to live an Ayurvedic lifestyle. Please consult an Ayurvedic Doctor to learn more about your constitution and how to work with your results.
Your Guide to Ayurveda
Ayurveda is an ancient Vedic practice and one of India’s oldest medicines, originating more than 5,000 years ago. In Sanskrit, Ayurveda means ‘The Science of Life’ and is the sister science of yoga. Also called the Mother of Healing, Ayurveda’s practice is rooted in the prevention of illness through balance and reflection on the diet, thoughts, relationships, environment, and activities for each individual.
The ultimate aim of Ayurveda is to seek, create, and maintain balance; when we’re in a state of equilibrium, inner harmony is achieved. Observing and attuning our sleep patterns, diet, exercise, relationships— all the ways we consume and come into contact with the world—in such a way that strives for balance maximizes our potential to feel good and take care of ourselves.
When we feel good about ourselves, we’re better able to take care of others and the world around us.
Many factors contribute to the individual’s overall health, including environment, seasons, relationships, diet, exercise, habits, trauma, work, and stress. These factors affect our constitution and how we feel; they can create balance or disorder. Each constitution is unique based on the lifestyle and life choices of the individual. Balance and disorders depend based on the constitution of the person. A person’s constitution is made up of three unique energies: Vata, Pitta, and Kapha.
Learn more about the energies and elements associated with each constitution, and the specific doshas imbalances with our Ayurveda Guides:
A person’s constitution is dynamic and changes depending on many variables, including age, environment, mood, diet, activities, and relationships.
Energy needs to move; it cannot be created or destroyed. Understanding which of the three energies are present and how to balance them elevates our awareness of how to stay present and open to new life experiences. We want the energies to keep moving and flow to mimic the vibrant world around us. Ayurveda honors the very simple rule that life is always changing, and the way to celebrate the flux is to continually adapt the lifestyle and diet to the shifts we perceive.
The right question to ask is, what am I feeling right now?
The final word: don’t get attached to what your dosha is.
Understanding the Ayurvedic Constitutions
Ayurveda focuses on three energies that make up everything we see and every living being. In Sanskrit, these energies are called Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. Each person has a unique blend of these three energies. The three energies are made up of the five great elements: air, ether, fire, water, and ether.
Vata: air and ether, governed by movement, creativity, flexibility, vision, space, and sound. In harmony, Vata is inspired and inclusive. Out of balance, Vata is anxious, fearful, and flighty.
Pitta: air and fire, governed by digestion, metabolism, direction, absorption, assimilation, and intelligence. In harmony, Pitta is a leader and advocate. Out of balance, Pitta is angry, resistant, and jealous.
Kapha: earth and water, governed by structure, stability, patience, compassion, nurturance, and immunity. In harmony, Kapha is loving and vulnerable. Out of balance, Kapha is lethargic, withdrawn, and greedy.
Each person is born with a specific Prakriti, or constitution, based on the conditions when born. Prakriti translates from Sanskrit as true nature.
A person’s constitution is dynamic and changes depending on many variables, including age, environment, mood, diet, activities, and relationships. Understanding the three energies and how they’re present in each person provides insight into how to take the appropriate action to come back into harmony with the self.
To aid in your wellness process, we curated yoga & meditation playlists to accommodate each of the doshas. We also interviewed Ayurvedic Therapists who provided recipes, tools, and simple practices, and a Japanese Acupuncturist to learn more about the body’s physical and subtle energy systems.
Imbalances of the Doshas
The doshas, or energies of Ayurveda, are governed by specific elements and activities. To create balance and come back to a state of equilibrium, Ayurveda holds: like attracts like, and opposite heals. If the person has an over-abundance of one of the doshas, activities, and diet opposite from the primary constitution create balance.
Clara created dosha-balancing collections in the Ayurveda Playlist.
Playlists to attune to how you feel and play in the energies of the body. The guiding principle of Ayurveda is ‘like attracts like and opposite heals.’
Choose from one of three dosha balancing collections:
Classes to stimulate the inner flame and digestive fires to clear stagnant energy and lethargy, with powerful vinyasa and mantra classes.
- Ignite – Vinyasa
- Fire Flow – Vinyasa
- Shiva Mantra
- Space through Strength – Slow Flow
- Super Duper Power – Vinyasa
- Pranayama Meditation
- Unfurl Your Peacock Tail – Vinyasa
Classes to soothe the intensity of Pitta while gently stimulating the inner fire, with fluid vinyasa classes that are watery and dynamic, and grounding meditations.
- Beauty Within & Without – Vinyasa
- Ocean Meditation
- Fluid Power – Vinyasa
- Creative Flow.- Vinyasa
- Saraswati Mantra
- Go with the Flow – Vinyasa
- Keep it Moving – Vinyasa
Classes that ground the over-excitement and angst associated with Vata, with slow-flow vinyasa, yin/restorative, meditation, and body scan.
- Ganesha Mantra
- Yoga Nidra
- Quick Chill – Restorative Yoga
- Back Release – Hatha Yoga
- Get Ready for Bed – Yin Yoga
- Stay Low – Hatha Yoga
- Mudra Meditation
Ayurveda Recipes & Nutrition Booklets
What we eat and how we eat contributes to how we feel and think. Food has a profound effect on the body and the brain, more so than the activities we choose. Switching up what we eat to suit our constitution is one of the fundamental attributes of leading an Ayurvedic lifestyle.
We created three unique Nutrition Booklets to explore the diet for each of the doshas. Make yummy meals for yourself or your loved ones to satiate the flavor profiles associated with your constitution, and learn about the foods that stimulate or aggravate each of the doshas.
Gut health is essential to maintaining proper health. By choosing the right foods and flavor profiles, you have the opportunity to boost your body’s immunity and give yourself all the essential nutrients you need.
Interviews with Ayurveda Therapists
We interviewed three Ayurveda Therapists to create the Quiz and provide resources for the results to help develop an understanding of the doshas and energies presented in each constitution,
In this interview with yoga teacher, author, and Ayurveda Therapist Ali Cramer, you’ll discover more on:
⟐ The five elements and how they relate to the doshas
⟐ How to nourish the doshas and rules for living Ayurveda
⟐ Aligning with the seasons and Yama Damstra
⟐ Why we seek things that throw us out of balance
In this interview with yoga teacher and Ayurveda Therapist Insiya Finn, you’ll discover more on:
⟐ Comfort foods versus nourishing foods
⟐ Ayurveda to heal from postpartum
⟐ Dinacharya; honoring ritual through Ayurveda
⟐ Simple practices to do every day to be in optimal health
In this interview with yoga teacher and Ayurveda Therapist Maria Garre, you’ll discover more on:
⟐ Tips to stay healthy during covid
⟐ Ways to strengthen our digestive fire and optimize gut health
⟐ Cooking for various constitutions; a Tridoshic perspective on meals
⟐ Teas to drink every day to pacify each dosha
We also interviewed Japanese Acupuncturist and TCM practitioner Alix Jean on the subtle and physical energy systems of the body to understand how the chakra system and fascia lines contribute to our overall health.
In this interview with TCM Practitioner and Japanese Acupuncturist Alix Jean, you’ll discover more on:
⟐ Traditional Chinese versus Japanese Acupuncture
⟐ Fascia; what it is and why it’s important
⟐ How emotions correspond to the body’s organs
⟐ Common injuries related to stress
- Cleansing Recipes by Ali Cramer, including Tridoshic recipes if you’re cooking for multiple people!
- Maria Garre’s Nasya technique. Nasya is an Ayurvedic practice of massaging oil inside of the nose. Nasya also supports mucosal immunity.
- Maria Garre’s recipe for Trikatu with equal amounts of dried ginger, black pepper, and long pepper.
Combine those three ingredients in equal proportions and make a mixture.
Take a little Trikatu with honey on a spoon during the rainy season and put it in your mouth with a bit of warm weather to wash it down. It’s great to take after you eat as a little dessert, which will burn anything in the GI tract.
- Insiya’s simple practices to start the day:
- Splash the face with cold water.
- Scrape the tongue to remove the previous day’s accumulation of toxins from the tongue and stimulate the digestive system.
- Drink a cup of warm water with lemon.
- Light abhyanga massage with sesame oil.
- Yoga practice, even if it’s five sun salutations or seated poses, twists, something to get the energy moving.
Clara’s Morning Chai Recipe
- 5 black tea bags
- 5 cardamom pods
- 10 whole cloves
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 2 tbsp whole black pepper
- 2 tbsp chopped ginger
- 3 tbsp maple syrup/honey
- 2 cups of (almond) milk
- Grind up the spices with a spoon.
- Bring 6 cups of water to a boil and add spices and ginger.
- Set to medium heat and boil for 10-min.
- Turn off heat and add tea bags and steep for 5 min
- Add milk and sweetener
I love this tea for not only heating my body but also for stimulating my agni, spiritual and digestive fire.
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