Introduction to Ayurveda
Ayurveda is often considered the sister science to yoga and is one of the world's oldest holistic healing systems.
It is based on three main Ayurvedic body types: Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Each person is made up of a predominant 'type' (dosha) - vata, pitta or kapha.
What 'dosha' or personality type are you? Do the questionnaire to find out!
Throughout this series of three classes, Nanna will introduce you to the concept of 'dosha' dedicating each class to Vata, Pitta and Kapha respectively. She will briefly explain what a 'dosha' is and go on to explain how all of us need to balance these 'doshas' at different times of the day, month and life time, if we are to experience full health.
Yoga classes for your Ayurvedic Constitution
Do the Ayurvedic questionnaire below to discover your Ayurvedic body type. Find out if you are:
- Vata - the 'air & space' body/personality type
Vata is expressed as the element air. When in balance, a vata personality type is outgoing, friendly and creative. When not in balance a vata exhibits signs of stress, anxiety, and feeling overwhelmed.
- Pitta - the 'fire & water' body/personality type
Pitta is expressed as the element of fire. When in balance, a pitta personality type is dynamic, hard working and efficient. When not in balance he or she can feel angry, reactive and irritable.
- Kapha - the 'earth & water' body/personality type
Kapha is expressed as the elements of earth & water. A kapha personality type when in balance is steady, loyal and calm. When out of balance, he or she is prone to be lazy and unmotivated, with a tendency to seek comfort by overeating, hence tend to be overweight.
When you have your questionnaire results, choose one of these classes for your practice today :-)
Yoga for your Ayurvedic body type - Vata
Pitta types are dynamic, high achieving people who like to live life in the fast lane. In this session, Nanna Coppens will guide you through movements and postures that will bring you into the present - learn to totally relax and let go of the to-do list as you experience the calming and balancing effect of the class.
Yoga for your Ayurvedic body type - Kapha
Ayurveda Health Questionnaire
Discover for your 'dosha' or personality type you are, with this questionnaire. Tick only the description that is most applicable to you. Then, simply count up how many Vata (V), Pitta (P) and Kapha (K) you have.
You may find you have two equal and one low - this is called bi-doshic (and occasionally you'll be balanced between all 3, which is tri-doshic). If you're ready for a class - ask yourself (honestly) what you feel that you need right now - and try the other one next time. Enjoy!
Body frame, bone structure:
(V) slight, thin, delicate
(P) moderate, medium sized
(K) broad, strong, heavy
(V) light, lean, erratic weight, or difficult to gain
(P) moderate weight, strong metabolism
(K) extra pounds, must work hard to lose weight
(V) naturally dark; tans easily
(P) light, pinkish, fair, yellowish, or freckled
(K) even tones, with a rich, smooth, or milky quality
(V) dry, rough, uneven or combination skin, chapped, cold
(P) sensitive, burns easily, red patches or moles, oily
(K) thick, soft, moist, cool
(V) dry, rough, tends to break, curly, frizzy
(P) light coloured, red, early grey; thinning or fine
(K) thick, lustrous, oily
(V) small, dark coloured; flitting gaze
(P) medium sized, light or pale coloured; "fiery" or sharp, penetrating gaze
(K) large, rich blue or brown; watery gaze
(V) cold, loves warmth
(P) easily overheated, prefer cool climates
(K) not disturbed by cold or heat, but prefer warm weather
(V) variable, irregular, eyes bigger than stomach
(P) good, regular appetite; irritable or heartburn when overly hungry
(K) hearty appetite, may emotionally overeat
Digestion and evacuation:
(V) variable, irregular; constipation
(P) regular to fast; burning sensations in the digestive tract
(K) regular, slow
Physical activity/energy level:
(V) very active, extreme ups and downs, restless
(P) moderate, even, focused, well paced
(K) lethargic, hard to get going; good endurance
(V) restless, short, variable
(P) moderate, sound
(K) heavy, sound
(V) restless, active, creative
(P) focused, aggressive, intelligent
(K) calm, stoic; good long term memory
(V) cheerful, adaptive, spacey, changeable
(P) clearheaded, practical, logical, asserted
(K) calm, patient, serious, passive
Emotional disposition (your dominant negative emotions):
(V) fearful, insecure, anxious
(P) frustrated, irritable, jealous
(K) attachment, grief
(V) fast, variable tones; jumps from idea to idea; talks a lot
(P) focused; even or impatient tones; concise, logical; talks moderately
(K) slow, monotones, talks little
(V) quick, walks on air, everywhere at once
(P) well paced, direct, moves from point A to B
(K) slower, moves as little as possible, flowing movement
What are your results?
Number of Vata:
Number of Pitta:
Number of Kapha:
Well done! So, now that you have a clearer idea of what dosha you are, why not join Nanna for the right class for you. Remember , you may find you have two equal and one low - this is called bi-doshic. If you're ready for a class - ask yourself (honestly) what you feel that you need right now - and try the other one next time.