A Closer Look At Kapha

Every year contains a full dosha cycle, Vata, Pitta and Kapha, which makes up the Ayurvedic seasons. Likewise, all three doshas are within each individual (in unique proportion). Since we are currently in Kapha Season, let’s take a closer look at the Kapha dosha…

Earth Droplet

Ruled by Water and Earth, Kapha is known as the fluid force of cohesion. It is responsible for all structure and lubrication in the body.

For example, if we take a jar, fill it halfway with water and then add sand, the sand will gradually sink to the bottom of the jar, separating from the water. The only way to keep the sand in equilibrium with the water is by stirring the mixture continuously.  Kapha is the steady stirring energy that keeps the water and earth together.

Kapha is responsible for our physical structure; it maintains the body’s resistance, lubricates the joints, provides moisture to the skin, helps to heal wounds, fills the spaces within the body, gives biological strength, vigor and stability, supports memory retention, gives energy to the heart and lungs, and maintains immunity.

Every single one of us harbors the forces of all three doshas because all three are needed in order to sustain life.  So take a moment right now and allow your gaze to turn inward – try and sense the force of Kapha within you.  Focus in on your flesh, joints and bones and all the anatomical structures that are contained and connected inside your body.  Kapha has healed your wounds, has enabled your physical growth, and is the energy behind your strength, stamina and stability. Kapha also enables memory retention and sustains it over time.  Try and recall your earliest memory and see this memory in relationship to where you are in this moment.

Kapha is the cohesion in all that exists: the earth, the massive planet we walk on, the cool soil that bears the crops, the sturdy slope of an old mountain; and the deep cradle of the ocean.

Someone who has a dominant Kapha dosha may take on some of these physical characteristics: Larger, well-built frame – Evenly proportionate – Skin is clear with larger pores – Eyes are moist and prominent – Lips are full and pale – Large, strong teeth – Hair is thick, lustrous and usually wavy – Nails are clear and pale – Cool and moist to the touch – Constant and strong appetite – Great endurance – Good immunity – Slow, steady pace – Sleep is long and deep – Senses of taste and smell are sensitive

Common psychological characteristics of a dominant Kapha dosha: Caring, steady, and calm – Not easily irritated, strong and stable – Loving – Self-sufficient – Great long- term memory – Mental and physical energy is steady and enduring – Loves routine – Make good providers, dependable – Serene, warm, nurturing – Romantic and loyal

When Kapha is imbalanced (present in excess), some of the most common symptoms it can physically lead to are: Lethargy – Weight gain – Congestion – Asthma – Prolonged sleep – Excessive oiliness – Blackheads – Cystic acne – Cysts – Edema – Water retention and swelling.

Psychologically imbalanced Kapha can lead to emotions of: Depression – Attachment – Greed, and long-standing grudges or envy – Possessiveness and becoming withdrawn.

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For those of you who don’t know your dosha, take this quiz and find out!