Kapha Prakruti

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KAPHA dosha~~

elements~~ water and earth

qualities~~ moist, cold, heavy, dull, soft, sticky and static

governs~~ building, lubricating, structure

seasons~~ late winter and early spring

daytime~~ 6am-10am and 6pm-10pm

lifetime~~birth to puberty

kapha balancing foods~~ pungent, bitter and astringent tastes~~ toasted, roasted, grilled and dry, lighter foods to offset the heaviness of kapha, a lot of spices and condiments, LOTS of vegetables- asparagus, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, corn, dandelion, kale, lettuce, mushrooms, mustard greens, onions, parsley, peas, potatoes (baked), radishes, spinach, swiss chard, turnips, water cress, mostly dried fruit, ghee, little to no dairy, sprouts, kidney beans, lentils, lima beans, mung, split pea, herbal teas- dandelion, hibiscus, cardamom, chicory, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, orange peel.

kapha increasing foods~~ sweet, sour, salty tastes~~ heavy, sticky, moist foods, desserts, ice cream, processed grains, nuts, oils, oily food, cold food, drinking a lot of water directly before or after a meal, over eating and snacking

kapha balancing practices~~ exercise, movement, dancing, bright colors, creativity, bastrika pranayama, waking up early, avoiding daytime sleep, taking on new challenges, long walks, gardening, letting go of attachment, standing and balancing yoga asanas.

kapha characteristics~~

  • tend to be ample in build
  • overweight in childhood
  • heavy bone structure
  • gain weight easily, hard time losing it
  • large attractive eyes with thick eyelashes
  • thick skin, cool, well lubricated
  • tan slowly, skin stays cool longer
  • thick wavy hair, a little oily, dark or light
  • any climate is fine as long as its not too humid
  • like to eat, fine appetite
  • regular bowels, thick and heavy
  • digest fine, sometimes a little slow
  • work well with routine
  • good in projects running smoothly
  • love leisurely activities
  • exercise to keep your weight down
  • change opinions and ideas slowly
  • tend to avoid difficult situations
  • intense or significant dreams remembered
  • steady, reliable and slow to change
  • love fatty foods, bread, starch
  • if ill: excess fluid retention or mucous
  • deep, sound sleep
  • money is easy to save
  • steady sexual interest and drive
  • strong, thick nails
  • moderate perspiration
  • steady, slow, rhythmic pulse
  • cold hands

some famous kapha people, courtesy of joyfulbelly.com