Kapha is made up of the elements Earth and Water and translates as “that which holds things together” it is the energy of building and lubrication and provides the body with its physical form and structure. The qualities of Kapha are moist, cold, heavy, dull, soft, sticky, and static. Kapha individuals are blessed with naturally good health, rugged bodies, and mental peace. They tend to have large heavy bones, broad frames, and are strong and well- proportioned.  Kapha individuals gain weight easily having trouble losing weight.  They are heavy and sometimes obese.  Kaphas are shorter or taller than average in height with oily, smooth skin and few moles or wrinkles. Their appetites are moderate and tend not to be hungry upon waking; they can easily miss a meal.  Kapha are strong in nature and are capable of vigorous activity, but will avoid physical exertion.

 Qualities of Balanced Kapha Individuals*

  • Compassionate, Loving
  • Patient
  • Forgiving
  • Gentle
  • Emotionally stable
  • Strong stamina and endurance
  • Loyal
  • Nurturing
  • Strong long term memory

Qualities of Imbalanced Kapha Individuals*

  • Greedy
  • Unchanging, set in their ways
  • Hoard material things
  • Unable to say no
  • Easily attached to people and things
  • Take on other peoples problems
  • Fearful of letting go
  • Lethargic
  • Give up easily

Ways Kapha Becomes Imbalanced*

  • Eating Kapha-aggravating foods
  • Overeating
  • Eating to offset emotions (like indulging in sweets when depressed)
  • Not engaging in physical activities
  • Spending to much time indoors (especially on the couch watching TV)

Common Kapha Disorders*

  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Colds and flu
  • Yeast conditions
  • Sinus congestion
  • Excessive sleeping
  • Excess phlegm and mucous conditions
  • Water retention/bloating

Ways to Balance Kapha*

  •  Eat a Kapha-balancing diet
  • Eat in a loving environment
  • Focus on non-attachment in daily life
  • Make time for introspective activities like meditation and writing
  • Go to bed early and rise early, with no daytime naps
  • Engage in stimulating activities like running, hiking, or vigorous forms of Yoga

*Many of these suggestions can be explained in greater detail during an Ayurvedic consultation; please contact Santosha Living for more information