What is Kapha Dosha?

What is Kapha dosha? Kapha is one of the Ayurveda dosha's made from the elements of water and earth. The qualities of these elements speak to the physical, mental and lifestyle characteristics of those who have this dosha in their construct. Everyone has all three dosha's in their mind-body-type makeup (Vata, Pitta, Kapha). But, typically one or two are more dominants. Learn about general Kapha characteristics below.

If you are Kapha dosha dominant, you are likely of heavier build and have rounder features. You embody the qualities of the elements earth and water. Your mind is grounded in the physical plane and you may be very methodical in your processes. 

When out of balance a Kapha person typically physically experiences slow digestive issues, excess mucus, and weight gain. Mentally, a Kapha person is prone to depression and lethargy. To balance a Kapha person it is suggested to eat lighter meals, particularly in the spring when the watery and earthy qualities of Kapha is at its highest in the environment. 

Herbs and spices like pepper, mustard seeds, ginger, cloves, and cayenne are perfect for Kaphas. Light and satiating vegetables like avocado, parsnips, pumpkin ,squash, and tomatoes are also a great choice. A good tip for Kaphas is to focus on pungent, bitter, and astringent tastes when feeling out of balance. 

Yoga is a great way to balance all the doshas. For Kapha types, it is wise to incorporate stimulating, warming, and space-creating sequences into your daily routine. Practicing sun salutation with a focus on breath and fast-pace is perfect for Kaphas. 

Abhyanga, aromatherapy, and meditation are also great self-care practices to invigorate a Kapha mind. Abhyanga is the practice of self-massage. For Kaphas, it is suggested to use sunflower oil with essential oils like eucalyptus, peppermint, or cedar. 

Ayurveda is a great way to get to know your true self, as well as live in harmony with Mother Nature through utilizing natural medicine in the form of herbs, spices, and produce. Through all of the mind-body-spirit techniques, Ayurveda offers a way to ensure you are taking a holistic approach to yourself, making it a wonderful compliment and alternative to modern-day medicine.