Kapha Dosha: Earth + Water

Are you that calm, easy-going, loving person? Do you thrive in helping others, gardening, cooking, and doing things with your hands? Do you love listening, giving advice, and caring for people? Then, chances are you are mostly a Kapha dosha. Keep reading to find out more about it!

Kapha is grounded and stable. It is comprised of earth and water, so it represents structure and stability. The qualities of Kapha are cold, smooth, liquid, oily, heavy, slow, and dense.

It locates in the lungs, stomach mucosa, lymphatic system, and nose. It takes care of giving structure and lubrication in the body, with functions such as bone density, strength, stamina, or body fat.

Physically, Kapha people have big bones and a round face and body, more on the curvy side. They are the kind of people that put on weight just by seeing others eat since they have a slow metabolism.

Their hair and nails are thick and soft, and their skin is smooth and lustrous. They have big, full lips and large, pleasant eyes.

When in balance, Kapha people are very patient, forgiving, and easy-going. They take their time to complete a task, but they do it well. Usually, Kaphas have long, committed relationships and friendships.

They love listening to others and making sure everyone is ok, and they are always available for giving a hand to those who need help.

However, sometimes they can put people’s needs and problems before their own, which might make them feel resentful and lonely. Even though they won’t say a word and they will pretend that everything is fine.

People with a predominant Kapha dosha like helping and taking care of others, as well as doing things with their hands.

They are the best counsellors, therapists, nurses, social workers, human resources workers, school teachers, artisans, cooks, etc.

They tend to be very calm and chill people, and they are more connected with their lower chakras (sacral and root chakras).

The slow and calm personality of Kaphas makes them believe that they have all the time in the world, ending with the patience of both Vatas and Pittas.

Kapha's stamina and strength are very high, but sometimes they feel lazy and avoid doing physical activity, which causes them to feel lethargic.

Kaphas must have plenty of stimulation in their lives, so they keep their energy flowing and don’t feel heavy or stuck.

This means working out every day, with active practices such as Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga, HIIT training or cardio workouts.

They should not sleep too much, and never during the day since this will cause them to feel more tired and sluggish.

Fire breathwork techniques such as Bastrika or Kapalbati are the best for Kapha’s cold and slow nature.

It’s also important for them to eat foods that are light, warm, and dry, as well as to use lots of stimulating spices. For a list of Kapha pacifying foods, check out this post.

When out of balance, Kaphas are prone to depression, sadness, jealousy, attachment, possessiveness, and victim mentality. They can put other’s needs first and feel resistant to change, lazy, without motivation and lonely.

Physically imbalanced Kaphas suffer from weight gain, water retention, emotional eating, allergies, colds, excess mucus, binge eating, diabetes, cholesterol, heavy digestion, congestion or lung problems.

Hence, if you have a Kapha constitution or you are experiencing imbalances in this dosha, it’s important that you keep your body moving, only eat when you are truly hungry, and consume foods that are warm, spicy, dry, and light.

Does it sound like you? Take my Ayurvedic dosha quiz to find out which percentage of Kapha do you have.

And if you would like to know some easy ways to bring your Kapha back to balance, make sure you check out this post!