One of the first steps in cultivating an Ayurvedic lifestyle is to determine your dosha. There are three doshas: Vata, Pitta and Kapha and they are derived from the five elements; with Vata comprised of space and air, Pitta comprised of fire and water and Kapha comprised of earth and water.
Each dosha therefore governs the balance between mind, body and the environment by way of categorizing the particular blend of energy that defines our physical, emotional and mental characteristics. By identifying which dosha type you are, you will be able to better understand your strengths and potential weaknesses, as well as recognizing what areas to concentrate on in order to maintain health and wellness, which is the most important aspect.
These days there are many websites dedicated to Ayurveda and these sites frequently contain a quiz that will help you to determine your predominant dosha. These quizzes also usually ask very specific questions and provide three answer options to choose from. You are then subsequently advised to choose the best option that most closely reflects your individual situation and unique nature.
The questions asked in these questionnaires or quizzes can either be objective or subjective and will solicit answers based on your body temperature, body frame, body weight, eyes, complexion, hair, joints, sleep pattern and stress response. These quizzes also range from brief to very detailed and do tend to produce accurate results, although it is recommended that you take a few different quizzes from various websites in order to confirm your results. You can take one of the quizzes here to learn your dosha type and also how to balance a dosha that is out of balance.