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Breaking Down the Dosha: Kapha

Updated: May 18, 2019

Breaking Down the Doshas: Kapha by: Jessica Jayne

Ayurvedic knowledge says that everything in the Universe is made up of the three doshas; Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. The three doshas are the energetic forces that are derived from the five elements and their individual properties, and govern all human physical and mental processes.

Though each living being has an individual dosha makeup; everything and everyone is made up of all three doshas. The purpose of Ayurveda is to harmonize all doshas by counteracting the dominant dosha types and coming into balance within all three.

Kapha is governed by the Earth and Water elements.

When someone is predominantly Kapha Dosha, they embody a grounded and supportive nature. They tend to have a strong build, thick, luscious hair– and are naturally calm and centered in their essence. Kapha Dosha governs all structure in the body; from the bones and tissues all the way down to the individual cells that bind everything together. Kapha supports the entire body’s foundation and its main function is protection.

Some of the characteristics associated with Kapha Dosha are heavy, slow, damp, cold, solid, structured, and soft. Kapha season is associated with the coldest part of winter into early Spring, when the weather is cold, everything is moving slowly, and there is a lot of moisture in the environment.

An in balance Kapha is inherently content, loving, and has a soft and approachable nature. Just like the Earth element; they are strong within their physical bodies and have a strong sense of self. They tend to be loyal, patient, and incredibly supportive friends and lovers.

When Kapha Dosha is in excess, the body begins to hold onto fluids much easier; causing physical weight gain and blockage of fluids within the body. They can easily become overweight and suffer from asthma, allergies, and depression.

When Kapha is in overload, one can become very resistant to change, get stuck in their regular routines, be stubborn, and lose interest in things that once brought them excitem