Prakriti, vikriti, test for determining the dominant dosha

Who doesn’t like and has never done psychological tests? There is probably no such person. They are better or worse, having more or less sense. So you can determine which Disney princesses you are or explore your original nature, or prakriti, or check which of the doshas began to deviate from the norm, thereby determining your vikriti.

You won’t find the Disney test here, but I invite you to take a test for determining the dominant dosha. The test is prepared based on the book by Melanie Sachs Ayurvedic Beauty Care. But before what, a few words of introduction.

Doshas theory is one of the most important Ayurvedic theories. You can find a short theoretical introduction here. Defining the dominant dosha, or prakriti is so important because it allows us to understand our nature, inclinations, identify strengths and weaknesses. We know the ground, so it’s easier to build on it. Our prakriti, or individual combination of three doshas, ​​is determined at conception and can be influenced short after birth. Once established, it does not change.

Wait a minute, you say, but only recently I have been constantly irritated, my loved ones tell me that I have become critical and I’m suffering from heartburn. What has happened? The fire has increased. Fire or Pitta.

Such deviation from the norm, the appearance of certain features, tendencies, ailments that we have not noticed before is called vikriti, resulting from the deviation from the norm of the state of doshas. It is a condition that can be described as morbid because it does not coincide with the natural pattern. It is interesting as it allows to determine what dosha has been disturbed, which then allows to take appropriate measures to balance it back.

Prakriti, vikriti and only one test. One, but it’s worth sitting down to it twice. The first time answer the question keeping in mind that you want to determine what is the most common for you, what kind of tendencies are and has always been with you over the years. However, the second approach should be an attempt to answer the question how it is at the moment. For example, you have always been skinny. Gaining weight was simply impossible, you could eat whatever you wanted and still be light as a feather (prakriti – Vata). However recently you noticed few extra kilograms coming from nowhere (vikriti – Kapha raising).

Read the following statements, it is obvious that not everything will be a match, because then we would live in a world of clones. It’s about determining whether I am closer to Vata or Kapha, or maybe I find myself most in the description of Pitta? Everything seems to be right when you read the description of the typical Pitta appearance, but you have snow-white teeth … Good for you!  If, nevertheless, you are closer to Pitta than the other doshas, these one / two / three incompatibilities do not cross everything else out. The answers may vary, your look is dictated more by Kapha, but your appetite is Pitta like. That is fine!

The one-dosha constitution pure Vata, pure Pita, pure Kapha are extremely rare. People with Tridoshas constitution, in whom the characteristics of Vata, Pitta and Kapha are found in equal proportions, are not often found. Usually one of the doshas dominates, the second one in turn is slightly weaker, while the characteristics of the third are very few.

To determine prakriti and vikriti, it’s best to consult an Ayurvedic doctor who is able to determine them based on a pulse reading. You can also get advice from an Ayurvedic therapist or consultant. As for the questionnaires, they allow you to look at yourself from a new perspective, but all with a healthy distance.

So let’s get to it:



  • above average tall or short height, slim figure, childlike silhouette, difficulty in gaining weight, underdeveloped muscles, small bones, clearly defined joints, clearly marked veins and tendons,
  • cold skin, dry and rough, especially feet and hands, light or dark complexion with earthy, gray shade
  • usually dark, curly hair,
  • eyes dry, extremely large or small, „impatient eye”
  • dry lips, large or small,
  • teeth of unequal size, protruding, brittle,
  • narrow nose, small nostrils


  • medium build, medium thickness of bones, average height, gain weight evenly, athletic build, moderately visible veins and tendons,
  • normal or oily skin in the T zone, light with a copper or pink shade, with a tendency to freckles, bursting capillaries, delicate, prone to premature wrinkle formation, warm skin all over the body,
  • thin, delicate, silky hair, prematurely graying, reddish, fair, oily hair,
  • medium-sized eyes, sensitive to the sun,
  • medium-sized lips
  • even, yellowish teeth,
  • medium sized nose


  • strong body, strong musculature, thick bones, broad body structure, tendency to gain weight, problems with weight loss, veins and tendons well hidden under thick, strong skin,
  • skin pale, cold, but rarely has cold feet or hands, smooth, slightly oily,
  • strong, thick, curly, shiny hair,
  • eyes large, shiny, calm,
  • medium-sized lips with even, full lips,
  • equal, white teeth,
  • wide nose

Physical activity

Vata: tendency to enthusiasm and exaggeration, low endurance, poor coordination, rarely sweating, hunger after physical effort

Pitta: very effective and precisely pursuing goals, likes competition, good coordination, sweats easily, after physical effort is hungry and thirsty

Kapha: prefers immobility, when finds motivation, has high endurance, exercises slowly but methodically, after physical effort not hungry and thirsty

A way of thinking

Vata: loves to theorize, is very flexible, creative, has a lot of ideas, but rarely follows them through, is not interested in the practical aspect of life, finds it difficult to make decisions

Pitta: planner, visionary, organizer, likes to find practical applications of their ideas

Kapha: rarely changes their mind, is trustworthy and reliable when it comes to management


Vata: variable, better short-term than long-term memory, quickly forgives and forgets

Pitta: average

Kapha: learns slowly, but once remembered information stays for a long time, hides resentment and does not forget about the old grudges

Under stress

Vata: anxiety, restlessness, excitement

Pitta: anger and irritability

Kapha: not easy to upset, feels anger and fear when reaches the last resort

Sensitivity to…

Vata: noise, pain, cold, drafts

Pitta: heat, light, intense color

Kapha: touch and emotions

Sex drive

Vata: changeable, high passion, lots of fantasies, poor fertility

Pitta: strong lust, if their desires are not fulfilled, feels anger, medium fertility

Kapha: stable desire, loves deeply, strongly attached, high fertility


Vata: variable, great weakness during fasting, digestive fire variable

Pitta: strong, irritable if has to skip a meal or eat later than usual, digestive fire very strong

Kapha: stable, eats when emotional, very weak digestive fire, has the impression that is getting fat from just looking at food

Favorite foods

Vata: dry, crunchy snacks, sour and salty taste

Pitta: fatty, spicy, cold drinks

Kapha: sweet, sticky desserts, farinaceous dishes

Sleep and dreams

Vata: shallow or very deep sleep, difficulty falling asleep due to having too much on their mind, intermittent sleep, tendency to gnash teeth, sleepwalking, lack of rest, active dreams, intense, vivid dreams, about flying or about being chased, numerous but rarely recalled

Pitta: sleeps lightly, if not worried, falls asleep easily, feels fresh even after a few nights of light sleep, sweats at night, passionate, colorful dreams, full of aggression, about competition, buying or selling, remembers them well

Kapha: long and deep sleep, easily falls asleep even during the day, in the morning is drowsy, snores, nice dreams, calm, romantic, idyllic scenes full of emotions, often remembers the dreams

How responds to the climate

Vata: likes the sun and warmth, feels nervous when the wind blows, does not like when it is dry and freezing

Pitta: likes cool weather, is irritable in the heat and high humidity

Kapha: loves warmth, sunny weather, doesn’t like cold and humidity, weather changes don’t affect them much

Finance management

Vata: wastefulness, seems hesitant, buys when has such a whim

Pitta: has finances under control, spends on luxury items

Kapha: saves and manages finances well, doesn’t like spending, buys under the influence of emotions

Additional traits

Vata: emotionality, changeability for no reason, often feels anxious, worries a lot, is creative, alert, active, hardly develops good habits, routine tires them, their living space is cluttered and disordered, likes to talk a lot, often deviates from the topic, hobby: travel, art, philosophy

Pitta: intelligence, stubbornness, determination, firmness, criticism, perfectionism, is perceptive, joyful, confident, entrepreneurial, likes to plan, egoistic, jealous, loves to discuss, their tone is often impatient, hobby: sport, technology, luxury

Kapha: tolerance, courage, calmness, gentleness, generosity, loyalty, the need to care for their loved ones, „mothering”, easily adapt, forgiveness, jealousy, possessiveness, attachment, stupor, heaviness, a tendency to depression, hobby: calm, effortless.

Vibrant, loving the sound of their voice Vata?

Precise, getting it all their way Pitta?

Blessing the peace of mind Kapha?

Which one is the closest to you, do you already know? If so, great, now let’s think about how to use this knowledge for your own good.


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