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Balancing Your Kapha Dosha

January 21, 2022 2 min read

Kapha dosha is the combination of water and earth elements. Of the three doshas, this type comes with a reputation that may be most frequently misunderstood. Associated with a sense of slowness and more solid presence, Kapha can certainly create problems such as obesity and depression if it becomes out of balance. Keeping Kapha in balance will help to maintain energy and overall good health.

What are the qualities of Kapha?

  • Sluggishness
  • Heaviness
  • Slowness
  • Stability
  • Presence
  • Steadiness

In a physical sense, those who identify Kapha as their primary dosha often have a strong build. They’re the friends or family members whose presence makes you feel secure. They have a strength and reliability about them. In excess, Kapha can cause physical ailments like obesity, diabetes, sleep apnea and depression.

Emotionally, Kapha dosha represents a thoughtful and loyal individual who does well with routine and familiar structure. This dosha type is the most likely to stick with the same job, relationship, house and friendship for many years.

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What causes excess kapha?

There are multiple factors that may be at play when Kapha becomes unbalanced. A diet that is constantly full of heavy, savoury and rich foods may lead to a feeling of sluggishness in the body, causing Kapha to appear in excess. Oversleeping, avoiding social situations and generally being lethargic can also cause Kapha to take over. Emotionally, this can manifest as laziness, melancholy, and depression.

How to bring Kapha back into balance

Kapha is associated with immobility and cold. Counter this by staying warm and exercising regularly. It’s also important for Kapha to try new things, and seek new and unpredictable experiences to occasionally break their love for routine.

  • Seek novelty
  • Exercise and stay warm
  • Use warm aromas and incense around the house
  • Stimulate the metabolism with spices like cayenne, pepper and ginger
  • Favor bright warm colours like red and yellow in your environment

Asanas for balancing Kapha

  • Half-moon pose: aids in stimulating the nervous and digestive systems
  • Inversions: poses like headstands and crow pose can help to change one's perspective and encourages healthy blood flow
  • Sun salutations: Mood boosting and energizing, a sun salutation sequence also offers grounding benefits

Pranayama and meditation practices to stimulate the senses are great for balancing Kapha. Try meditating outside or walking meditation.

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By Victoria Maybee; All Rights Reserved @2022

Victoria Maybee l Mukha YogaBy Victoria Maybee; All Rights Reserved @2022