Ultimate guide to Kapha dosha and how to balance it!

Sep 1, 2022 | Ayurveda

Introduction

Find out why balancing kapha dosha is important and all the necessary action you can take to ensure it remains balanced for good health and wellbeing. If you are predominantly of the kapha dosha then this will be of great interest and value to you.

Understanding Ayurvedic Doshas

Originating from India 5000 years ago, Ayurveda is today recognised as one of the oldest medical systems in the world. Basically translating to mean ‘life science’ Ayurveda is about more than just providing treatment but instead focuses on a holistic approach to finding physical, mental and emotion health and wellbeing.

It is when we experience an imbalance that we are vulnerable to disease and stress. Ayurveda focusses on prevention rather than cure and advices lifestyle choices, therapies and natural treatments to regain balance between the soul, mind and body and the world around you.

Ayurvedic doshas

According to Ayurveda we each have a unique constitution, a unique combination of the three dosha – vata, pitta and kapha, which are types of energy that govern our emotional and physical strengths and weaknesses. Based on our predominant dosha an Ayurvedic practitioner can determine the types of food best for you, suitable exercise routines and other lifestyle choices that you should incorporate into your daily routine. This is why balancing the dosha is important and that you understand your dosha, so that you can find out what is natural to your body and work with your body without trying to force it against its unique nature.

The 3 Ayurvedic Doshas

Kapha –Kapha dosha is a combination of the energies of water and earth elements, grounding and stability and structure and cohesiveness.

Vata – Vata dosha is a combination of air and ether and denotes movement or ‘that which moves’ with vata also being a reference to the wind

Pitta – Pitta dosha is a combination of fire and water and is commonly associated with being hot, sharp and light

Balancing Kapha dosha

Kapha is the dosha that is associated with holding everything together from your muscles, bones and ligaments and is known for endurance and lubrication. When in excess Kapha can cause you to feel sluggish and heavy in the mind and body causing a lack of motivation and the need for excessive sleep.

Imbalance of the Kapha dosha

If there is a kapha imbalance and it becomes the dominant dosha you will find that everything is too much, from movement to any changes in everyday life becomes exhausting. You will feel like withdrawing from interactions and shutting yourself off, which leads to boredom. This is also accompanied by cravings for sweets and fatty foods which leads to weight gain.

Balancing the Kapha dosa

Balancing Kapha to regain overall balance and wellbeing can be done through a number of easy to adopt measures that will make all the difference to your life.

Make healthy changes to your daily routine – Start small with simple acts that will stimulate your mind and body and cutting down on any bad habits you may have adopted. Work towards reducing elements that add unnecessary stress to your life and try to adopt a positive mindset by being more aware of your thoughts.

Eat a healthy and ayurvedic diet – Ayurveda promotes eating for your body type, eating seasonally and of course eating at designated times. Giving focus to what you actually eat will help you make more mindful and smart choices regarding food. Based on your constitutional makeup your ayurveda practitioner will guide you on the suitable foods such as those that are pungent bitter or astringent and foods that are light dry or warm. Consume warm drinks such as tea and grains such as barley, corn, millet and buckwheat.

Exercise and yoga – Exercise and yoga are a great way to stimulate your mind and body. You can start doing something you enjoy as long as you are getting some movement and not allowing your body to remain sluggish. Ayurvedic massages are a very good option as they not only relax and rejuvenate but help reduce toxins in the body.

Conclusion

According to Ayurveda everything is connected and in order for us to be healthy we need to achieve balance and harmony between all the elements within us, so use the suggestions given here to regain that vital balance.