Take this quiz to learn about the Ayurvedic system of Doshas and find your ideal meditation practice.
How do you meditate? Have you tried and been frustrated? Given up in less than a week of practice? I want to help you refresh your relationship with meditation by helping you understand what kind of meditation is best suited to you and your Dosha.
Taking this quiz could be the key to finally sticking with this powerfully, healing mind-body practice.
If you’re new to meditation, doshas or understanding this ancient health system (or just dipping your toes back in) here’s a refresher: Ayurveda is a holistic art and science that uses natural herbs, roots, and minerals to promote well-being and balance. Within it, there is a system of Doshas (named Vata, Pitta, and Kapha) that refer to your physical makeup and main characteristics. Each individual has a dominant Dosha or combination of two Doshas.
Learning about your particular Dosha can help you determine your own unique strengths and weaknesses, especially when it comes to meditation, which is something so many of us struggle with!
Read on for a short quiz, and accompanying explanations, to learn about your meditation style and how it relates to your Dosha.
During meditation, I am:
- Trying to meditate, then questioning whether I’m meditating or not, then thinking about what meditation really is, then pondering what I’m going to eat after, then silently laughing about a funny meme I saw the other day, then fantasizing about where I want to go on vacation next, all while singing in my head.
- Trying to stay focused . . . but someone is making an annoying sound and it’s really distracting. Now I’m getting frustrated with myself that I can’t meditate. Now I’m wondering how much time has passed and what is on my to-do list.
- Trying to stay awake . . . slowly falling asleep . . . eyes are getting heavier . . . good night!
What is the hardest part about meditation for you?
- Sitting in one place for so long
- Not doing anything
- Not falling asleep
What is your goal when meditating?
- Focusing my monkey mind
- Increasing my brain’s productivity throughout the day
- Becoming more in touch with my body and emotions
The Results Are In!
If you answered mostly 1’s, you are a Vata meditator
If you answered mostly 2’s, you are a Pitta meditator
If you answered mostly 3’s, you are a Kapha meditator
What These Results Mean For You:
Vata is the airy/spacey Dosha that has trouble concentrating on just one thing because of all the movement circulating in their thoughts.
Pitta is the fiery Dosha that needs to see a tangible reward for everything they do and gets frustrated if they’re wasting time.
Kapha is the earthy, grounded Dosha that needs to be doing something with their bodies; otherwise, meditation will quickly transition into naptime.
Here is the Best Meditation Style Based on Your Dosha
Best Meditation Style For Vata Dosha
To prevent your mind from wandering off, bring your attention to a mantra or an affirmation, a special phrase that can focus and free your mind.
For example, since Vatas often start many tasks they cannot complete, try the affirmation “I am centred, I am focused” to evoke those qualities in your daily life.
Practice the mantra “ram” to ground you and connect you to your Root Chakra, which links to your feelings of belonging and being supported. Try meditating in a chair if you have an aching back, which Vatas often do.
Best Meditation Style For Pitta Dosha
Firstly, Pittas should know that meditating is not a waste of time but, rather, one of the most productive things they can do.
Meditation has been clinically proven to increase performance, enhance cognition, improve brain function and promote emotional well-being.
So even though it may feel like you’re just sitting there, it’s anything but! Pittas should try a form of Pranayama (conscious, controlled breathing) called Alternate Nostril Breathing, which can cool their bodies and help them settle in for meditation.
Check vistamagazine.ca for a demo on Alternate Nostril Breathing
Best Meditation Style For Kapha Dosha
Kaphas love a good nap, but meditation is not the time for that. Because of that, Kaphas should not use meditation chairs or lie down.
If you’re a Kapha Dosha, try using mudras (ancient Vedic hand gestures) to help evoke certain qualities in their meditations. Using their bodies helps Kaphas keep their minds alert and promote a stronger mind-body connection.
Kaphas can also try walking or dancing meditations to stay alert and focused. I teach one called Dance Your Doshas, where we dance the qualities of each Dosha to embody what they’re each like in our bodies.
One particular ‘mudra’ Kaphas can try, to create feelings of calmness and openness, is Gyan Mudra. Here’s how:
- Bring the thumb and index finger to meet, lightly
- Keep the middle, ring and pinky finger straight, connected, and relaxed
- Palms can be up for receiving or down for grounding
- Practice with both hands placed on your knees or lap
Meditate Based on Your Dosha: The Takeaway
Just like there is no one diet for all, there is no one meditation for all. Find your own flow and do what makes you centred.
Meditation does not have to mean sitting in Lotus Pose for two hours without moving. Whether you focus on the breath using Pranayama, incorporate mudras or even take your walking meditation outside, you can find a meditation practice that fits you, your needs, and your Dosha.