Part 4: Kapha
Part 4: Kapha (November 23, 2016)
I know it’s been a while but today we complete the series with the final installment of this series by discussing the Kapha Dosha (earth and water).
Kapha presides over structure, cohesion of cells that form muscle, fat, bone, sinew, as well as governs lubrication in the body (mucus).
Qualities of Kapha are cold, wet, heavy, gross, dense, static, dull, soft, smooth, and cloudy.
Physical characteristics of Kapha include strong builds and excellent stamina. They have large, soft eyes, smooth and radiant skin, and thick hair. They sleep soundly and have regular digestion.
Emotional characteristics of Kapha is being naturally calm, thoughtful, and loving. Kaphas enjoy life and are very comfortable with routine. They are strong, loyal, patient, steady, and supportive.
When Kapha goes out of balance, they are prone to weight gain, fluid retention, excessive sleep, asthma, diabetes, and depression (lifestyle acquired diseases).
When something goes wrong, Kapha’s attitude is generally “I don’t want to deal with it.”
To conclude the series on Dosha, you can be any one of the following
Tri-doshic (all three)
Most people are a combination of two. I myself am a Kapha-Pitta (which is different from Pitta-Kapha). My earth is stronger than my fire, though my earth and fire are stronger than my air. My elemental make-up is Earth, Fire, Water, Air, and Space in that order. If any of my elements go out of balance I am prone to experience illness. For instance, my Kapha has been higher than usual so I am gaining weight.
If you would like to know what your Dosha and elemental make-up is, feel free to reach out to me for an Ayurvedic assessment.