What is Kapha Dosha?

Made up of the elements of earth and water, Kapha is one of the three Ayurvedic doshas. Kapha’s qualities are heavy, slow, steady, solid, cold, soft, and oily. The common translation of kapha is “that which binds things” or “that which holds things together.”

What does Kapha really do?

Kapha controls weight, growth, lubrication for the joints and lungs, and formation of all the seven tissues: nutritive fluids (plasma), blood, fat, muscles, bones, marrow, and reproductive tissues.

Kapha provides structure and robustness to all things; it gives the cohesiveness needed to maintain a particular form. Kapha hydrates all cells and frameworks, lubricates the joints, saturates the skin, maintains immunity, and safeguards the tissues. Kapha is often associated with water energy, and with love and compassion.

What does a Kapha person look like?

Kapha types have a strong build and excellent stamina. Their structure is broad, and they have big eyes, lush hair, and smooth skin. They walk slowly and have a pleasant voice. Polite by nature, Kaphas have high stamina and great long-term memory and the people who bring others together. One of my nieces is a Kapha baby!

Want to know more about your dependable 3am friend?

Well, for starters, they are most likely Kapha predominant. Kaphas are big-hearted, non-judgmental, compassionate, and move slowly. A kapha personality is calm, stable, sweet, loving, and loyal. They are the people at social gatherings making sure everyone else is okay. And, they are the ones who will check in on you to make sure you’ve eaten well. They have an inherent ability to enjoy life and are comfortable with routine.

What does Kapha imbalance look like in the body?

When kapha is out of balance, in the physical body, there can be weight gain, excess mucous, lethargy, and water retention. Imbalanced Kaphas sleep excessively and might suffer from diabetes and depression. Imbalanced kapha skin manifests as excess oiliness, congestion, cystic acne, blackheads, and large pores. Excess kapha leads to stagnation and congestion in both the mind and body.

Why imbalanced Kaphas need to minimize and simplify!

People with an excess of Kapha tend to be hoarders and unhealthily attached, so they will be well-suited to follow Marie Kondo’s advice to “tidy up.” As in, they hold on to things, jobs, and relationships long after they are no longer nourishing or necessary. When Kapha gets vitiated, it triggers emotions of attachment, greed, and possessiveness. It can also create stubbornness, lethargy, and resistance to change. Also, the lack of motivation starts to show. Generosity can turn into debauchery and greed, and heaviness can morph into obesity and/or diabetes.

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