kapha

kapha bio-energy

Constituent Elements: Earth & Water

In Sanskrit, Pitta refers to Fire. Just like we use fire to cook our food, all functions related to digestion, absorption and assimilation of ingested food in our body are attributed to Pitta bio-energy. Out of the 3 bio-energies, Pitta is is the only one that is hot. It is concentrated in the small intestine, between stomach and large intestine.

Kapha Personality Traits

If Kapha is your dominant energy, you are strong and loyal.You get along with people easily and are regarded as a reliable friend. You manage to keep your cool during stressful situations and your friends find you very reliable.You tend to take your time to make decisions and you excel in logical analysis. Kapha constitutes earth and water elements and hence, the qualities of kapha are heavy, slow, steady, cold, oily, and soft. You also exhibit the same qualities in your physical appearance, temperament, food and lifestyle choices. You have thick hair, large eyes, radiant skin, excellent stamina, and regular digestion. Your frame is large and stocky and your bones are dense. You prefer to sleep for a relatively longer duration and crave sugary foods such as breads and carbs. Pasta is probably on your favourite foods list. 

 

Your Strengths: Compassionate, Patient, Affectionate, Stable, Supportive, Good memory,

 

When kapha is aggravated you find it difficult to wake up, experience food cravings, notice weight gain, inflammation, and may experience depression. You also become resistant to change, hold onto things, jobs and relationships and generally seek comfort. If unaddressed, aggravated kapha can manifest into serious congestion, fluid retention, sinuses, allergy, loss of appetite or digestive fire, respiratory issues such as bronchitis, cardiac diseases and become most prone to asthma, non-insulin dependent diabetes mellitus (NIDDM) or juvenile diabetes.

Your Weakness: Stubborn, Resistant to change, Avoid confrontation

Kapha aggravating activities:

When Kapha element becomes excess in the body, it is referred to as Kapha aggravation or imbalance. Following lifestyle habits can cause Kapha aggravation:

  • Sedentary lifestyle and/or sleeping during day

  • Lack of physical  exercise

  • Being in cool environments during spring and winter months

  • Overeating

  • Eating sweet foods, ingredients that are relatively heavier such as wheat 

  • Consuming slimy foods that cause blockages such as yogurt, pudding, pastries

 

Ayurveda guidelines to keep Kapha in balance: 

You possess earth like qualities that translate to cold, moist, heavy, dull, static, smooth, dense, oily and soft, and sweet, sour and salty in taste. Above mentioned habits add to the existing Kapha and further increase its proportion, causing Kapha aggravation. However, making food and lifestyle choices that have the opposite effect such as hot, dry, clear, light, sharp, active, rough, and bitter, pungent and salty in taste are recommended to maintain balance and pacify aggravated Kapha.

​​Your health mantra: “Shake off inertia and embrace change”

Suggested Ayurveda lifestyle for individuals with dominant Kapha :

  • Wake up early in the morning, ideally around 6 am

  • Follow a schedule but be open for surprises

  • Break the repetition and regularly indulge in new experiences 

  • Avoid taking naps during day

  • Exercise at least 3 times a week

  • Regularly perform a dry body massage to promote circulation

  • Include nasal cleansing in your morning routine

  • Declutter your home/office regularly

  • Burn a camphor or eucalyptus oil in a diffuser in your home

  • Wear and prefer colors that promote warmth such as yellow, orange, red

  • Avoid damp spaces, prefer warm spaces  

Suggested physical and mental activities:

  • Aerobics, competitive sports, running, wrestling, boxing, HIIT, cardio exercises, zumba, and dance forms that involve energizing music such as salsa are excellent choices

  • Do Yoga exercises that focus on the chest. It helps address congestion

  • Walking meditation is ideal for your dosha type 

 

Nutritional guidelines for Kapha: 

  • Minimize intake of dairy products - prefer ghee, low-fat milk, and low-fat yogurt.

  • Drink ginger tea along with your meals to boost digestive fire

  • Include stimulating Ayurvedic ingredients such as cumin, turmeric, cayenne pepper, mustard seeds, cinnamon in your diet

  • Avoid sweeteners, use raw honey instead

  • Eat lighter fruits such as apples, pears, cranberries, and minimize heavier fruits such as oranges, peached, melons

  • Eat all veggies except sweeter ones such as sweet potato, tomato and zucchini

  •  Minimize consumption of red meat

  • Prefer barley corn, buckwheat, rye, millet, over oats, rice and wheat

  • Keep dinner meals small and ensure a gap of at least 3 hours between meals


 

Disclaimer: The information on this page is intended for your educational use only. Many other variables that are considered before prescribing a specific Ayurveda remedy. A detailed prakriti and pathological analysis with a qualified Ayurveda physician is necessary before taking up an Ayurveda lifestyle, medication or program.

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