Kapha dosha is like the earth, solid and grounding. It is the energy behind all structure and protection in our body such as tissue building and lubrication. It also enables us to feel safe and contented.
Elements: Earth and Water.
Qualities: Moist, cold, heavy, static, sticky, soft, cloudy, slow, smooth.
Season: Spring/Late Winter.
Physical characteristics of Kapha dosha:
A Kapha person will generally be well built and full-bodied. They usually have round features, big eyes, smooth skin. Their hair is thick, wavy, and shiny and they have a slow yet steady metabolism. A Kapha will usually enjoy hot, dry weather.
Mental/Emotional characteristics of Kapha dosha:
Just like the surface of a lake, a Kapha person is nurturing, calm, and peaceful. They are usually quiet, even shy, but make good listeners. They are very loyal, patient, and empathetic; caregivers and healers are often Kapha people. Kaphas have a calm yet heavy mind, often lingering in daydreams of the past. They can become quite attached to people or things, resisting change or having difficulty letting go.
Signs of Kapha Imbalance:
- Clammy and pale skin.
- Cold body.
- Colds, coughs, congestion, and other sinus problems.
- Heaviness, obesity, excessive weight gain.
- Weak digestion, food allergies or Candida.
- Lethargy, laziness, or too much sleep.
- Water retention or swelling.
- Heavy mind and slow thinking.
Causes of Kapha Imbalance:
- Late Winter and Spring (the rainy season).
- A diet too high in sweet, salty, and heavy foods.
- Eating lots of dairy products (especially when cold).
- Excessive eating in general.
- Lack of exercise or physical activity.
- Sleeping too much.
- Excess clutter.
Tips for balancing Kapha:
Kapha people (or anyone experiencing Kapha imbalance) should strive for a lifestyle and diet that are light and very stimulating, to combat their innate qualities of heaviness and sluggishness. They should stay away from most sweets and dairy, as well as limiting their intake of heavy meats and fats (ghee is always a good choice). Instead they can focus on tons of vegetables, light fruits, beans, and plenty of spices like ginger, cayenne, and mustard seed. Honey is actually pretty astringent as well as sweet so it is one sweetener that works for Kaphas; add a tablespoon or so to a steaming cup of ginger tea to help stimulate and remove excess Kapha in the body.
Kaphas generally need the most exercise out of any of the doshas, but have the least motivation to get going. Since stagnation is a quality of Kapha, they tend to get really stuck in the status quo and have a hard time making changes. Therefore it is really important to focus on seeking stimulation; new sights, sounds and experiences will help motivate them to move out some of their stuck energy. Any type of movement is good for Kapha people, especially endurance building activities, and they should avoid long sedentary periods or daytime naps.
Does this sound like you? Do you think you might be a Kapha? Take my Dosha Quiz to find out!