Yoga
for Men

Determining Your Dietary Archetype


According to Ayurveda, the ancient science of life, there are three distinct personality archetypes. Although we may possess characteristics from the other three, only one is dominant in all of us. By gaining an understanding about our Body-Mind-Spirit Archetype we can more easily develop a program that can help us overcome our limitations.

On the following chart place a V for Vata (1st column), P for Pitta (2nd column) and K for Kapha (3rd column). Add up the number of marks under Vata, Pitta and Kapha to discover your own balance....Most people will have one dosha predominant, a few will have two doshas approximately equal and even fewer will have all three doshas in equal proportion

Determining Your Ayurvedic Constitution

Observations

Vata
Air & Space
Pitta
Fire & Water
Kapha
Warter & Earth

Body size

Slim

Medium

Large

Body weight

Low

Medium

Overweight

Skin

Thin, dry, cold rough, dark

Smooth, oily, warm, rosy

Thick, oily, cool, white, pale

Hair

Dry brown, black, knotted, brittle, thin

Straight, oily, blond, grey, red, bald

Thick, curly, oily, wavy, luxuriant, all colors

Teeth

Protruding, big, roomy, thin gums

Medium, soft, tender gums

Healthy, white, strong gums

Nose

Uneven shape, deviated septum

Long pointed, red nose-tip

Short rounded, button nose

Eyes

Small, sunken, dry, active, black, brown, nervous

Sharp, Bright, Grey, Green, Yellow/red, sensitive to light

Big, blue, calm, loving

Nails

Dry, rough, brittle, break easily

Sharp, flexible, pink lustrous

Thick, oily, smooth, polished

Lips

Dry, cracked, black/brown tinged

Red, inflamed, yellowish

Smooth, oily, pale, whitish

Chin

Thin Angular

Tapering

Rounded, double

Cheeks

Wrinkled, sullen

Smooth, flat

Rounded, plump

Neck

Thin, tall

Medium

Big, folded

Chest

Flat, sunken

Moderate

Expanded, round

Belly

Thin, Flat, Sunken

Moderate

Big, potbellied

Hips

Slender, thin

Moderate

Heavy, big

Joints

Cold, cracking

Moderate

Large, lubricated

Appetite

Irregular, scanty

Strong, unbearable

Slow, but steady

Digestion

Irregular, forms gas

Quick, causes burning

Prolonged forms muscus

Taste, healthy preference

Sweet, sour, salty

Sweet, bitter, astringent

Bitter, pungent, astringent

Thirst

Changeable

Surplus

Sparse

Elimination

Constipation

Loose

Thick, oily, sluggish

Physical Activity

Hyperactive

Moderate

Sedentary

Mental activity

Always active

Moderate

Dull, slow

Emotions

Anxiety, fear, uncertainty

Anger, hate jealousy, determination

Calm, greedy, attachment

Faith

Variable

Intense, extremist

Consistent, deep, mellow

Intellect

Quick but often faulty response

Accurate response

Slow, exact

Recollection

Recent good, remote poor

Distinct

Slow and sustained

Dreams

Quick, active many fearful

Fiery, war, violence

Lakes, snow, romantic

Sleep

Scanty, broken up, sleeplessness

Little, but sound

Deep, prolonged

Speech

Rapid, unclear

Sharp, penetrating

Slow, monotonous

Financial

Very tight with money. Concerned about security

Balanced but will Spend money on luxuries

May be rich but spends in excess


Reprinted with Permission from the “Complete Book of Ayurvedic Home Remedies” Vasant Lad, Three River Press

© 2007, Bruce Eric Van Horn

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If we could give every individual the right amount of nourishment and exercise, not too little and not too much, we would have found the safest way to health. - Hippocrates

Author, CPA, MBA and yoga instructor Bruce Van Horn founded Yoga for Business, Inc., a company devoted to organizational and individual wellness. He presents a daily Yoga Workout routine that provides a complete physical, mental and spiritual workout. He is the author of Yoga for Prostate Health and Yoga for Men, designed for all levels of experience with yoga.. He has renamed (Asanas) positions in Yoga using terms from business to help you identify with the movement and focus your attention. He is the Chair of the Advisory Board for the Center for Complimentary Medicine at the Cancer Institute of New Jersey. Bruce also leads a volunteer yoga program designed for cancer patients and healthcare workers at Beth Israel Medical Center. He lives outside New York with his wife Michelle who is a Reiki Master. Bruce has two daughters who have asked that he refrain from headstands at the town pool. His website is www.yogaforbusiness.com If you have any questions, feel free to write: E-Mail.



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