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In Ayurveda, there are three main body types, or doshas: vata, pitta, and kapha. We are all unique blends of each.
Take our quiz to learn which quality you have most of. Check the answer that best fits your long-term experience.
Go Deeper! Sign up for Body Type Analysis
Dr. John Douillard will help you formulate a new way of living that balances your strengths and weaknesses with the natural cycles.
What You’ll Receive
- Access to LifeSpa’s online eCourse and program platform
- Content-rich video from Dr. John on doshas, elements, and seasons
- Instructions on how to analyze the three body types
- Breakdown of each body type profile
- Articles and videos to help you refine your knowledge about your body type needs
Why Do Body Types Matter?
Body types are the building blocks for diagnosis, treatment, and maintenance of health.
The three body types are reflections of qualities of nature. They give insight not just into the tendencies of our bodies, but of our mental, emotional, and behavioral characteristics, as well. Knowing your body type is the first and most critical step you can take to gain control of your health.
Once you understand yourself, you can guide your life towards the lifestyle and diet that makes sense for you.
Don’t settle for knowing you are a vata, or even a vata-pitta; you’re a multi-layered person with strengths and various dosha compositions in all different aspects of your life.
Understanding yourself is key to your ability to handle stress, interact with others, and develop unprecedented harmony in your life.
Body Type Qualities
According to Ayurvedic medicine, prevention is dictated by the unique requirements of your body type. Because we are unique, what we eat, how we exercise, when we sleep, and even where we prefer to live will be different from one person to the next. The healthiest practices for each individual are better understood by knowing one’s body type.
Below are the three doshas and their associated symptoms of imbalance. Notice if any of the symptoms jump out at you. Look into pacifying that dosha to become more balanced in all three.