Know Thyself with the Dosha Quiz: The Most Versatile Self-Management Tool

Know Thyself with the Dosha Quiz: The Most Versatile Self-Management Tool

Ayurveda – which translates to the  art and science of life — is a remarkably personalized system of wellness, based on the ancient wisdom from the Indian Sub-Continent, which views each one of us as being born with a remarkably individual blueprint for optimum health, wellness and wisdom from conception.

Hence the three Mind Body Types – Vata Pitta Khapa – of which each one of us is uniquely endowed. Discovering your Ayurvedic Mind Body Constitution is, therefore, a phenomenally illuminating experience on the path to vibrant health, meaningful life purpose, enduring sense of peace, contentment as well as joy.

It is in this view, that Ayurveda places the responsibility for your health and wellness primarily on you, as an individual within the community and broader society.

The Ayurvedic Mind Body Type Constitution Questionnaire – also known as the Dosha Quiz — is, therefore, a very versatile tool for letting you discover your Mind Body Type Constitution at Conception (Prakruti), as well as knowing your state of balance at any given time (Vikruti). The feedback from this Mind Body Type Tool is catalytic in helping Participants in Maadili Leadership Solution’s 5-Module Signature Course to develop — over time — three, cutting-edge leadership competencies: Self-Awareness, Self-Consciousness & Self-Mastery.

In filling out the Mind Body Type Questionnaire, Course Participants are advised to take note of the fact that  there are NO right or wrong answers. Rather, the BEST answers are the ones that are TRUE for You. Following are some of the insights that can be gleaned from a correctly completed Dosha Quiz:

Every individual’s mind body type at Conception — Prakruti, page 1 —  the key attributes inherited from the lineages of both parents, one’s individual strengths and How to know when one is going out of balance or responding under stressful conditions.

This is critical in helping one develop a keen sense of Awareness, thereby offering them the opportunity to Choose the most nurturing response(s) as often as possible in every critical/challenging incident while remaining calm, thereby making it Safe for others to engage constructive without feeling pressured to be combative, defensive;

By the same token, Self-Awareness also facilitates Awareness of the Others’ feelings, situations, sensitivities, automatically making it easier for individuals to develop consideration, empathy for others, be it at home, in the office or at the shopping mall. This is what makes it possible for inter-personal relationships to significantly improve on a sustainable basis, because relationships are accordingly viewed from a perspective of informed best-interest for all;

In a workplace training situation, the feedback from page one can and should share, especially in the context of various Operational Management Teams, as it helps to know and understand Team Members from the non-prejudicial perspective of each individual’s Natural Mind Body attributes.

At best, this information can be invaluable in shining a light on how to make the best use of every Team Member’s natural attributes and gifts. This information also affords Team Members, non-judgemental language for discussing personality challenges and opportunities for improvement;

Further, the information obtained from answering the questions on the second portion of the questionnaire — Vikruti, pages 2 to 5 — is most helpful in enabling an individual to know their Current mind body status. The feedback from this portion of the Dosha Quiz is best viewed as CONFIDENTIAL, for the primary use of the individual, whose responsibility it is to determine whether or not to share same with their Supervisor, HR Director, Staff Counsellor, Organisational Nurse/Doctor/Counsellor. In other words, this wealth of informations is Most Useful in helping individual Team Members to know How they are coping with life at work and/or at home and what to do about it in the interest of optimum health, wellness and effectiveness. What the Course Sponsor/Employer has a right to demand is improved efficiency and effectiveness as an outcome of investment in Staff Training/Leadership Development.

By the same token, Staff Member/Manager/CEO is justified/entitled to the kind of professional support they may require in order to deal with health/wellness challenges which will have been revealed by the Vikruti portion of the Dosha Quiz. This may range from an identified need for Professional Mentoring, Executive Coaching, Psychological Counselling, Medical Leave, Change of Job Description, etc…

All of this information is obtained from Module One of Maadili Leadership Solution‘s 5-Module Course and the use of Maadili i Leadership Solution‘s Core Tool, the Dosha Quiz/Mind Body Type Questionnaire. In addition to serving as the tool for collecting basic data, Part 2 of the the Dosha Quiz — the Vikruti, pages 2 to 5 — is a timeless Monitoring Tool, which can be used to assess annual progress or lack thereof, thereby offering opportunities for remedial action, as the case may be.

Additionally, because the individual and collective human resource development attributes and needs will have been identified during the first Module: Know Thyself, each of the remaining 4 Modules are taught and learned in a Customised Manner, based on the findings of the Dosha Quiz for every individual and/or Team.

At the end of the 5-Module Course, the Employer/Sponsor will have facilitated the generations of two catalytic leadership/productivity tools/Instruments: (a) a revised or new Individual Vision, (b) Team/Family Joint Strategic Vision Plus Implementations Plans.

HIV Infection and AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa

HIV Infection and AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa

According to a Report on HIV Infection and AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa: Status, Challenges and Opportunities by Ayesha B. M. Kharsany and Quarraisha A. Karim: “Global trends in HIV infection demonstrate an overall increase in HIV prevalence and substantial declines in AIDS related deaths largely attributable to the survival benefits of antiretroviral treatment. Sub-Saharan Africa carries a disproportionate burden of HIV, accounting for more than 70% of the global burden of infection. Success in HIV prevention in sub-Saharan Africa has the potential to impact on the global burden of HIV. Notwithstanding substantial progress in scaling up antiretroviral therapy (ART), sub-Saharan Africa accounted for 74% of the 1.5 million AIDS related deaths in 2013.

Of the estimated 6000 new infections that occur globally each day, two out of three are in sub-Saharan Africa with young women continuing to bear a disproportionate burden. Adolescent girls and young women aged 15-24 years have up to eight fold higher rates of HIV infection compared to their male peers. There remains a gap in women initiated HIV prevention technologies especially for women who are unable to negotiate the current HIV prevention options of abstinence, behavior change, condoms and medical male circumcision or early treatment initiation in their relationships.

The possibility of an AIDS free generation cannot be realized unless we are able to prevent HIV infection in young women.”

Emotional Impact of an HIV Diagnosis

Further, according to a Report on The Emotional Impact of HIV Diagnosis compiled by Andrea Peirce and reviewed by Dr. Sanjai Sinha MD: “Hearing that you have the human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV, will change your life. In the moments after you learn about your diagnosis, you may experience a range of emotions, including anger, shock, sadness, or even denial. You may also struggle with depression.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), people who are HIV positive are twice as likely as people without the virus to be depressed. Compounding the problem, people with HIV may withdraw from their friends and family members in the hopes of hiding their status from others.

Finally, doctors at the NIMH and around the country now recognize that the virus itself can cause emotional, behavioral, and other mental health problems — and that some of the antiretroviral therapies, or ART, used to control HIV and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, or AIDS, can trigger the symptoms of depression, too.”

Why Training in Conscious Leadership & Healthy Lifestyles Makes Perfect Sense for HIV & AIDS Programme Beneficiaries

Today, Medical Doctors are increasingly citing stress as a major contributing factor to most illness. Maadili Leadership Solution’s 5-Module Signature Course offers you a five-step exploration of Mind Body Medicine.

Benefits to individuals attending the 3-Day Retreat include the attainment of knowledge, skills and tools for honing personal and collective leadership skills in the areas of self-discovery, self-awareness, self-consciousness, self-actualization and self-mastery.

Benefits to employers and families include renewed enthusiasm for life, improved human relationships, increased creativity & productivity, reduced medical bills, reduced morbidity and mortality as well as happier family & work environments. The ultimate outcome is the attainment of knowledge, skills and tools for competencies on How to Achieve Conscious Leadership & Healthy Lifestyles – Mind Body Spirit — at the Individual and The Collective Levels. All these indicators can be measured over time, beginning with the first 12 months.

Why Focus On Health and Wellness Of Africa’s Youth

Why Focus On Health and Wellness Of Africa’s Youth

According to the African Union, about 65% of the total population of Africa are below the age of 35 years, and over 35% are between the ages of 15 and 35 years – making Africa the most youthful continent.

By 2020, it is projected that out of 4 people, 3 will be on average 20 years old. About 10 million young African youth arrive each year on the labor market.

Wikipedia also maintains that: “Youth in Africa constituted 19% of the global youth population in 2015, numbering 226 million.[1] The United Nations defines youth as people aged 15 to 24 years.[2] By 2030, it is predicted that the number of youths in Africa will have increased by 42%.[1] Africa’s population as a whole is very young, with 60% of the entire continent aged below 25, making it the youngest continent in the world, in relation to its population makeup.[3] All of the world’s top 10 youngest countries by median age are in Africa, with Niger in first place with a median age of 15.1 years.[4]

There is contention among critics and analysts over what this demographic dividend could mean for African nations; some believe that, with effective governance, the economy could significantly benefit and develop, whilst others have argued that a large, poorly-managed youth population may lead to greater instability and civil conflict.[5]

A 2004 study found that young people are the most likely to commit violent acts, as well as more likely to become victims of violence themselves.[6] The youths of Africa experience the globalisation of culture in many different forms, such as through fashion and music, including American rap and hip-hop. A further significant issue for Africa’s youth population is the prevention, treatment and eradication of disease, with particular reference to HIV/AIDS, which remains a major cause of morbidity and mortality amongst African youths.[7]“

What we at Maadili Leadership Solutions know for sure is that adolescents and youth who are healthy and happy are best equipped to contribute to their families and communities, despite any major shifts which may be occurring in their inner and outside world. It is in this view, therefore, that Maadili Leadership Solutions is well poised to offer its unique professional services and products to any and all organizations which work with and value this unique opportunity for authentic youth empowerment. These include:

  • Primary, Secondary and High Schools,
  • Universities and Other Institutions of Higher Learning,
  • Political Youth Organisations,
  • Other Youth Formations, Clubs.
The Health Status Of Women In Sub-Saharan Africa

The Health Status Of Women In Sub-Saharan Africa

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), Gender inequity, poverty among women, weak economic capacity, sexual and gender-based violence including female genital mutilation (FGM) are major impediments to the amelioration of women’s health in the African Region. 

To ensure that women and men have equal access to the necessary opportunities to achieve their full health potential and health equity, the health sector and the community need to recognize that women and men differ in terms of both sex and gender. Because of social (gender) and biological (sex) differences, women and men experience different health risks, health-seeking behaviour, health outcomes and responses from health systems.

Furthermore, gender social stratifications have resulted in unequal benefits among various social groups of women and men as well as between women and men. Hence, continued support to Member States to roll out the Women’s health strategy and its resolution, and integrating gender into health policies and programmes have been the major achievements.

Women in the African Region are more likely to die from communicable diseases (e.g. HIV, tuberculosis and malaria), maternal and perinatal conditions, and nutritional deficiencies, than women in other regions. Globally, about 468 million women aged 15–49 years (30% of all women) are thought to be anaemic, at least half because of iron deficiency and most of these anaemic women live in Africa (48–57%).

It’s reported that 1 in 4 deaths among adult women are caused by non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes. Tobacco is a leading risk factor for NCDs and its use is increasing among young women in the Region.

The health of a Woman is not determined solely by biological and reproductive factors but also by the effects of workload, nutrition, stress, war, migration as well as internal displacement, among others. Thankfully, women’s health issues continue to attract higher national and international visibility and thus renewed political commitment In addition, the health of families and communities are intricately linked to the health of women.

Unarguably, the illness or death of a woman has serious and far-reaching consequences for the health of her children, family, community, as well as a place of work. Health the global slogan Healthy Women, Healthy World,” in recognition of the fact that women play a critical role in enhancing and maintaining the health and wellness of their families and communities: Mind Body Spirit.

Maadili Leadership Solutions’s Women’s Wellness Programmes will, therefore, pay special attention to the needs of various categories of women:

  • Young Girls, Adolescents: in collaboration with Schools, Youth Clubs,
  • Young Women: in collaboration with Universities, other Institutions of Higher Learning,
  • Women Leaders: from CEOs to all levels of leadership,
  • Mothers/Grandmothers: of all ages, with particular focus on parenting enlightened children, grandchildren,
  • Domestic Workers: for they are the hands that rock the cradle of our homes and Nation.
WORKPLACE WELLNESS: Why Organisations Should Invest In Their Health & Wellness

WORKPLACE WELLNESS: Why Organisations Should Invest In Their Health & Wellness

Wellness is an active process of becoming aware of and making choices toward a healthy and fulfilling life. Wellness is more than being free from illness, it is a dynamic process of change and growth.

Maintaining an optimal level of wellness is absolutely crucial to live a higher quality life. Wellness matters. Wellness matters because everything we do and every emotion we feel relates to our well-being. In turn, our well-being directly affects our actions and emotions. It’s an ongoing circle.

Therefore, it is important for everyone to achieve optimal wellness in order to subdue stress, reduce the risk of illness and ensure positive interactions.

According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services:

  • 59% of employees do not get adequate exercise
  • 50% or more have high cholesterol
  • 27% have cardiovascular disease
  • 26% are overweight by 20 percent or more
  • 24% have high blood pressure

Employee health affects more than just medical costs. A healthy workforce is a more productive workforce. Did you know that between 70 to 90 percent of health care spending is caused by preventable, modifiable health risks such as the ones bulleted above? Unhealthy lifestyle choices often lead to chronic diseases, costing businesses more than one trillion dollars in lost productivity alone. What all of this means is that promoting healthier behaviors can really pay off … the reason that workplace wellness is such a hot topic right now.

There are many different types of wellness programmes. The essence of these programmes is to encourage individuals to take preventive measures to avert the onset or worsening of an illness or disease and to adopt a healthier lifestyle.

As healthcare costs continue to rise, it makes sense that addressing the specific needs of an employee population and maximizing the engagement and participation of workplace wellness programmes is critical. But how can you change behaviors?

Benefits to the Employer

  • Reduction In The Incidence Of Absenteeism
  • Reduction In Hospital/Medical Bills
  • Improved Employee Engagement In Their Core Business, Creativity
  • Improved Productivity And Profitability
  • Improved Personal And Interpersonal Relationships.


Benefits to the Individual

  • Self -Discovery, Self-Awareness
  • Improved Self-Confidence, Self-Esteem
  • Self-Actualization, Self-Mastery
  • Lasting Personal Transformation


Changing our behavior is ultimately up to each of us as individuals. However, employers have a tremendous opportunity to help their employees see the value of adopting healthier behaviors so that they can live healthier lives.

A workplace culture sets the tone for its employees. A supportive work environment, where managers reinforce a sound wellness strategy, can keep employees motivated and engaged. Wellness and incentive programmes can be used to drive and reinforce healthy behaviors, bringing benefits to the employer, the employee, and to the community,” Karen Smith, Director of Health & Wellness Services at Rose & Kieman, Inc.

In fact, over the years, the catalytic importance of the health and wellness of employees and their leaders has become increasingly clear. This is why an increasing number of Employers the world over have instituted Health & Wellness Programmes for Employees and their Leaders as an integral part of their corporate vision for increased productivity and effectiveness.


It is, indeed, in this view that Maadili Leadership Solutions is hereby inviting you to a 5-Step journey to self-discovery, self-consciousness, self-actualization, self- mastery – structured into a 3-Day Retreat — as outlined below:


MODULE 1: Know Thyself – Mind Body Spirit


Each Participant to Duly Complete the Mind Body Type Questionnaire (Dosha Quiz) and to Submit/Email Copy to Maadili Leadership Solutions for Analysis and Feedback


Knowledge, Skills and Tools for Self-Discovery, Self-Management, Self-Care.  In Particular:

(a)   Each Participant’s Mind Body Type at Conception,

(b)   Each Participant’s Current Mind Body State of Balance,

(c)   Relationship Dynamics as a Result of Mind Body Type Constituencies of Team/Family Members

(d)   For more details, see Section on the Versatility of the Dosha Quiz.

MODULE 2: Food as Medicine


Participants to Monitor and Document Their Eating and Drinking Habits Over One Week – Using Maadili Leadership Solutions Worksheet – in Order to Determine Areas for Possible Adjustment


Knowledge & Skills for Holistic Food & Nutrition Practices and Habits That Will Facilitate the Attainment and Maintenance of Vibrant Health, Appropriate Weight and Optimized Digestion.

MODULE 3: Detoxification, Regeneration, Renewal


Each Participant to Monitor and Document Their Daily Time Use Routines Over One Week – Using Maadili Leadership Solutions Worksheet – in Order to Determine Areas for Possible Adjustment.


Each Participant will learn:

(a) How to Identify and Eliminate Toxins That Accumulate in Their Minds and Bodies,

(b) Holistic Techniques to Release Stress, as well as

(c) Secrets for Restful Sleep.

MODULE 4: Emotional Freedom


Each Participant to Undertake an Assignment on One Difficult Relationship of Their Choice, in Their Private or Public Sphere of Influence.


Each Participant Will Learn:

(a)  Why Emotional Freedom Is The Key to Their Physical, Mental & Emotional Health,

(b)  How to Use Conscious Communication Techniques to Transform Their Private & Public Relationships

(c)  Drawing Up/Refinement of (i) a Personal Life Vision as Well as (ii) a Team/Family Joint Vision.

MODULE 5: Inner Pharmacy/5 Gateways to Metabolize Sensory Experiences


Each Participant Will Learn How to Harness the Healing Powers of:

(a)  Sound

(b)  Touch

(c)  Sight

(d)  Taste

(e)  Smell

Session 6: Graduation Ceremony

During This Closing Session, Each Participant Will:

(a) Receive a Chopra Wellness Centre University’s Certificate of Attendance,

(b) Declare/Reaffirm Your Personal Life Vision, Goals, Strategies, Action Plan,

(c) Participants Sponsored by Employers Will Have a Chance to Declare/Reaffirm Their

Individual and Collective Commitment to the Refined Strategic Vision, Goals, Objectives, Plans for Increased Productivity as well as for Harmonious Team Relationships.