Ayurveda is a 5000-year-old practice of holistic medicine. A foundational philosophy of Ayurveda is the 3 doshas or energetic forces that define us. Each of us has all 3 doshas within us, but we all contain a dominant dosha personality. This dosha personality affects various aspects of our being: emotions, movement preferences, body type, skin type, and even what food serves us best. Understanding the characteristics of your dosha will help you make the best lifestyle choices for your body and mind. Below is everything you need to know about kapha dosha characteristics:
Kapha Dosha Characteristics
Kapha dosha characteristics are based on the elements of water and earth. The kapha personality within you determines the structure of your body including those that govern your cells, fat, muscles, and bones. Kapha energy controls growth in the body, providing hydration, moisturizing the skin, and maintaining the immune system. Just as the earth is our structure for living, a key kapha dosha characteristic is that this dosha provides structure, stability, and consistency to all things.
Keep your kapha personality balanced by understanding kapha dosha characteristics:
Kapha dosha characteristics usually appear as a strong build with great stamina, thick hair, and good skin. Kaphas do not usually have digestion issues and they sleep well through the night. When they are out of balance, kaphas may experience colds, asthma, excessive sleep, and possible weight gain.
Kapha personalities are normally very thoughtful, caring, warm, patient, and supportive. They enjoy creating and sticking to a daily routine, as they have fantastic steady-state energy throughout the day. Kaphas look to maintain harmony and peace in their relationships, jobs, and the surrounding environment. When out of balance, kapha emotions manifest as stubbornness and a resistance to change.
Because kaphas are naturally strong with incredible stamina, the best exercise for this dosha involves endurance: long distance running, aerobics, swimming, biking, and rowing are great options for a kapha personality. Kaphas should always look to work up a good sweat with their exercise routine.
Kapha characteristics are cold, heavy and oily, as it relates to food, so they should include light, dry, and warm foods in their diet to balance this dosha. Cooked and raw vegetables and lighter fruits such as peaches, apples, and pomegranates are perfect, while heavy fruits like avocados, mangoes, and bananas should be avoided. Additionally, an excess of dairy and artificial sweeteners should be avoided.
To bring balance back to this dosha:
- Find stimulation through new experiences, sights, and even sounds.
- De-clutter your home, office, car, bathroom, etc. You may even consider a minimalist approach to your spaces
- Exercise regularly and focus on endurance through running, swimming, or biking
- Outfit your environment with warm colors like oranges and yellows
- Bring stimulating aromas into your space such as cinnamon, clove, and juniper