Understanding Kapha: Stability and Grounding
Dominant elements: Water & Earth
Dominant principle: Structure
Qualities of Kapha:
People with Kapha dominant constitution have medium to broad frame with a balanced bone structure and wide-set shoulders and/or hips. Their bodies seem well proportioned to the eye with joints that are well lubricated and may be deep-set. Their fingers and toes tend to be short and squarish. Kapha people generally have soft, oily and lustrous skin and fair, light complexion. Hair is generally plentiful, think, curly and dark with hardly any greying. Face is rounded with attractive large eyes and full rounded lips. Kapha people have a regular appetite with a relatively slow digestion.
Kapha people are predominantly calm, quiet and steady. In balance, kapha people exhibit patience, fortitude and humility but in excess these traits may engender passivity, attachment, possessiveness and greed. Kapha people usually have very stable personalities and are loyal and loving to their friends. They often make friends slowly, but their friendships usually last for long. Their comprehension is slow but they have a good long term memory. Katha people tend to be innately more compassionate than other types.
Kapha in Balance
A balance of kapha in the body gives a person strength of mind and emotions, solidity, protection and endurance.
Kapha out of Balance
When kapha builds to excess in the body, it can lead to a wet cough, stagnation, congestion, growths, sluggish digestion, and an excessive desire to sleep. Further problems may include, heart problems, diabetes, high cholesterol or becoming overweight. Excessive kapha in the mind can manifest itself as stubbornness, with an inability to let go of people and jobs that are no longer nourishing.
Causes of Kapha Imbalances
Symptoms of Kapha Imbalance
“No medicine can compensate for un-healthy living.”
― Renu Chaudhary
How to Balance KAPHA
Routine, Coolness, Stability
General Guidance for Kapha Pacifying Diet
General Guidelines for a Kapha Pacifying Lifestyle