• Is your digestion slow? Do you feel heavy after meals?
• Do you seem to accumulate weight just by looking at food?
• Are you often congested with lots of mucous?
• Do you like to sleep a lot? Do you often wake up tired?
• Would you rather sit on the couch then move?
• Does your skin often feel damp?
• Is it hard for you to deal with change?
• Do you feel unmotivated to do anything, almost depressed?
If you have answered yes to many of the questions above, then your Kapha is high and you would greatly benefit from balancing it.
So what is KAPHA?
Kapha derives from the elements of Earth and Water and translates as “that which sticks.” It is the energy of building and lubrication that provides the body with physical form, structure, and the smooth functioning of all its parts. Kapha can be thought of as the essential cement, glue, and lubrication of the body in one.
The qualities of Kapha are moist, cold, heavy, dull, soft, sticky, and static. A Kapha individual will display physical and mental characteristics that reflect these qualities in both a balanced and imbalanced state.
The main locations of Kapha in the body are the chest, throat, lungs, head, lymph, fatty tissue, connective tissue, ligaments, and tendons.
Functions of kapha
▪ Strength, stamina, energy
▪ Production of mucous
▪ Sense of Support, stability, & Groundedness
▪ Gaseous exchange in lungs
▪ Repair & regeneration
Kapha grounds Vata and Pitta and helps offset imbalances related to these doshas.
Just as a nourishing rainstorm may turn into a rampant flood, the fluids of the body may flood the bodily tissues, contributing to a heavy dampness that weighs down the body and clouds the mind. This dense, cold, and swampy environment becomes the breeding ground for a number of bodily disorders such as obesity, sinus congestion, and anything related to mucous. Mentally, the loving and calm disposition of the Kapha individual may transform into lethargy, attachment, and depression.
Physical Characteristics of Kapha
The kapha body is physically strong, compact and wide—with large thighs, hips, buttocks, and chest—and tends to be perpetually overweight. Kapha types typically have large, attractive eyes that are blue or black in color. Their skin is fair, cool and often gleaming. Kapha hair is thick, abundant, usually blond or black, and wavy. Kapha individuals tend to over-produce mucus and other milky secretions, and their voices are soft—often blocked by excess mucus. Kapha types are very graceful, have a natural, erotic sensuality about them, and are usually very fertile.
The Kapha Mind
Kapha types are generally complacent, calm, grounded, nurturing and loving. Kapha governs love, patience, forgiveness, greed, attachment, and mental inertia. The Kapha personality is stoic, even-tempered, reliable, and often a cohesive force in the community. Kapha types are natural teachers, parents, healers, chefs, accountants, and technicians. They also tend to appreciate dance, poetry, and music. Kapha types move through the world at a slow and methodical pace and are genuinely concerned with the welfare of others. They are very committed to and protective of family and they tend to create a home environment that is nurturing and sustaining for those around them. They can be quite attached to the material world and tend to accumulate possessions. The kapha mind finds it very difficult to distinguish between items that are truly necessary and those that are a luxury, so kapha types are also prone to hoarding things.
Kapha Lifestyle Habits
Kapha individuals tend to love heat and they suffer in cold, damp climates. Kapha types radiate solidity and equilibrium, so much so that vata and pitta types are often replenished simply by being in their presence. Kapha types are very hard working but generally prefer to lay low, even to the point of laziness. Because of their tendency toward lethargy, kapha types can do better if they commit to a non-sedentary life, following a strict schedule that keeps them moving. Among all the doshas, kapha types can endure and benefit from the most intense forms of exercise. Ideally, a kapha type would rise before 6 a.m., take a shower, and have a solid workout before breakfast.
Kapha Appetite and Digestion
Kapha types are ruled by the senses of taste and smell; they love to eat—especially rich, indulgent foods and sweets. They have a tendency to consume more than their metabolism can process, they gain weight easily, and they tend to have regular elimination. Kapha individuals to have a light breakfast is always better.