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Kapha Dosha

Within the Kapha Dosha there is a predominance of the WATER and EARTH elements, meaning that these elements are present in a larger proportion in people, season, life cycle, with Kapha Dosha type.

To make things simple, qualities of EARTH and WATER are those which are similar to these actual elements. Kapha is very much like mother earth - it is cool, moist, dense, stable and heavy. It is the energy of STABILIZING.

In the body those people with Kapha nature experience these qualities as dense, heavy bones, lustrous, supple skin, low metabolism, and large, stocky frames. In addition, those with a Kapha nature tend to feel cool.

When out of balance, Kapha individuals are prone to gaining weight and tend to

have weaknesses in their lungs and sinuses where there is an accumulation of mucous. 

The elements of water and earth also reflect in the personality. The heavy, stable nature of Kapha reflects in a stable personality which is not prone to quick fluctuations. Those with a Kapha nature handle stress very well, often not even noticing that it exists. They don't like change, are generally conservative, and would prefer to keep things just the way they are.

Those with a Kapha nature are also comfort seekers.

This relates to the soft, watery nature of Kapha. Too much comfort, however, can lead to a lack of motivation and feeling of becoming stuck. When Kapha is out of balance, the heavy emotions of depression and lethargy result.

In order to bring balance to a Kapha nature the opposing qualities of lightness, dryness and warmth are recommended. These qualities are integrated in dietary and herbal programs as well as aroma and color therapies, detoxification, yoga and meditation. Grains such as quinoa and amaranth are recommended as well as hot spices like cayenne pepper. Lots of vegetables and very little nuts or dairy are prescribed.

Cleansing herbs like Guggul and pungent ones like clove bring balance to Kapha.

Kapha in balance

  • stable temperament

  • good long-term memory

  • healthy robust physiology

  • strength & stamina

  • compassionate & affectionate

  • sound sleep

Kapha out of balance

  • gains weight easily

  • sluggish digestion

  • prone to sinus & respiratory issues

  • lethargy

  • feelings of sadness

  • difficulty waking up

  • food cravings

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