Kapha governs the structure and lubrication of the mind and body. It controls weight, growth, formation of all the seven tissues and holds the cells together and forms the muscle, fat, bone, and sinew. The primary function of Kapha is protection.
People with a predominant Kapha dosha have a heavy, solid, or large build. They can be overweight or gain weight easily with high muscle development. Physically they tend to be slow and methodical with a lot of endurance. Their skin is thick and smooth with few wrinkles and they have oily, thick and wavy hair. They have a moderate to low appetite and slow digestion but enjoy eating luxury and gourmet foods. They dislike damp and cold conditions and emotionally prefer stability with familiar surroundings and traditions. They are slow learners but have excellent memories and are naturally calm, thoughtful, and loving people. They have an inherent ability to enjoy life and are comfortable with routine and cling to their family or familiar associations.
When Kapha’s are in balance they are strong, loyal, patient, steady, and supportive. They are slow to become excited or aroused but can be sentimental, nostalgic and romantic. They are highly tolerant and forgiving, and prefer to belong to a group, club or community.
When unbalanced Kapha’s can suffer from weight gain, fluid retention, and allergies. They may sleep excessively and become hard to motivate. They could suffer from asthma, diabetes, and depression and tend to hold on to things such as jobs and relationships long after it is healthy. Excess Kapha in the mind manifests as resistance to change and stubbornness.
To help balance Kapha, stimulation is necessary. Kapha’s tend to cling to routine, so they need the stimulation of new sights, sounds, and experiences. To balance Kapha it’s important to get regular exercise everyday and follow a daily routine of awakening before 6am each morning and going to bed around 10pm. Avoid taking naps during the day and ensure your surroundings are clear and clean. Prevent clutter from accumulating in your home, office, car, and other physical spaces. Stay warm and avoid damp and cold places and eat fresh fruits, vegetables, and legumes. Reduce heavy, oily and cold foods. In your surroundings use warm, stimulating aromas, and incorporate a daily dry massage to improve circulation.