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What is Kapha Dosha?

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What is Kapha Dosha?

Kapha is the heaviest of the three doshas. It provides the structures and lubrication the body needs.

To Balance Kapha

  • During spring, eat more foods from the Spring Grocery list.
  • Eat more foods that are Pungent (Spicy), Bitter, Astringent / Light, Dry, Warm: such as flavorful steamed veggies, brothy soups, brown rice.
  • Eat less foods that are Sweet, Sour, Salty / Heavy, Cold, Oily: such as fried foods, ice cream, heavy dairy.
  • Follow our Short Home Cleanse for a simple but thorough 4-day cleanse.
  • For 6 weeks, take 500 mg of ManjisthaTurmeric Plus and Tulsi twice per day to cleanse your lymphatic system, heal your digestion, boost immunity, and nourish your nervous system.
  • Tired? Schedule an Ayurvedic Consult to treat the root cause of your fatigue, which is different for each person.

What are Daily Routines (Dinacharya) for Kapha?

  • Self-massage with warm Lymphatic Massage Oil or raw sesame oil.
  • Three or more times per day, practice Bellows Breath: breathe quickly and with strength in and out through your nose for 30 seconds while expanding and contracting your diaphragm. Sit in silence for 1 minute.
  • Exercise in the morning to increase circulation, mood, and immunity.
  • Perform Neti by irrigating your nasal passage with warm salt water. Always follow with Nasya.
  • Perform Nasya by dipping a q-tip in warm Tri-Doshic Massage Oil or warm sesame oil, swirling it inside your nostrils, and inhaling deeply.

What are Signs of Excess Kapha?

  • Cold, cough, allergies, congestion, flu, fatigue, depression, weight gain.
  • If you experience some of these signs, schedule a consult with Dr. Douillard and follow the above guidelines.

>>> See the Spring Grocery List “Kapha-Balancing Diet”

Kapha Functions

  • Strength and energy.
  • Moistness and lubrication.
  • Stability to add the necessary grounding aspect to both mind and body.
  • Mass and structure to provide fullness to bodily tissues.
  • Fertility and virility.

Kapha Body Type Characteristics

  • Large frame, heavy, easy to gain weight.
  • Thick, straight / wavy, oily hair.
  • Oily, moist, pale, white skin.
  • Large eyes, whites of eyes are glossy and white.
  • Medium to large, white and strong teeth.
  • Slow and steady walking pace.
  • Excellent strength and endurance.
  • Calm, steady disposition, long-term memory, low pitch / resonating voice.
  • Steady non-changing moods, slow to get irritated, very understanding, easy-going.
  • Can miss a meal easily, digestion can be a little slow; elimination is heavy, slow, thick, and regular.
  • Aversion to damp and cold weather.
  • Prefers dry food and eats slowly.
  • Saves money regularly and accumulates wealth.
  • Strong sex drive.
  • Sound, heavy and long sleep, dreams of water, clouds, and romance.

Kapha: Cold, Moist (Oily), Heavy

  • Elements: Water and Earth
  • Season: Winter / Spring
  • Times of Day: 6am – 10am and 6pm – 10pm
  • Taste/Qualities (+): Sweet Sour, Salty / Heavy, Oily, Cold. To decrease Kapha, use less of these qualities in food, beverage and environment. For instance, eating ice cream (heavy, cold, sweet), will increase Kapha.
  • Taste/Qualities (-): Pungent, Bitter, Astringent / Light, Dry, Hot. To increase and balance excess Kapha, use more of these qualities in food, beverage, and environment.
  • Best Oils: Sesame, Olive

Don’t know your Ayurvedic body type? Take our Dosha Quiz!

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