Kapha is the principle of stability.
That which holds together.
Kapha dosha is responsible for structure, strength and natural tissue resistance in the body. Kapha’s priority in the body is protection. Kapha lubricates the joints; provides moisture to the skin, helps heal wounds; fills the spaces in the body; gives biological strength, vigor and stability; supports memory retention; and maintains immunity.
The Kapha season is Winter, marking the coldest time of the year, when most animals and nature are hibernating. It is associated with the time of day from 6AM-10AM and 6PM-10PM, marking the moments in the day when we are slowly waking up or winding down the day.
KAPHA = EARTH & WATER
STABILITY - ENERGY - LUBRICATING - FEELING - PLEASING - MOISTENING - SUPPORTING - UNCTUOUSNESS - COLD - WET - HEAVY - GROSS - DENSE - STATIC - DULL - SOFT - SMOOTH - CLOUDY - SLOW - STEADY - SOLID - OILY - HOLDING - ABSORBS SHOCK - COOLS MEMORY - SMOOTHENES MOTION - NURTURIN
The Kapha individual is
…creative, active, alert and often restless.
You talk fast and walk fast but you are easily fatigued.
Short and bony. Lean and thin. You have dry skin and dry hair, often curly. Your eyes are small with dark or dusky complexion.
You are energetic and physically active but with low endurance. Quick thinkers but you are clumsy and sometimes quite forgetful or absent minded.
You have a high metabolism yet it is often irregular: being sensitive to hostility and stress with proneness to emotional indigestion and fluctuating appetite.
You are big dreamers but not deep sleepers.
You are very social and talkative yet quite indecisive. You are creative and open minded but you have tendencies to be fearful or anxious.
You are very flexible and you adapt well, however in repeated situations you become erratic and a big worrier.
You often march to the beat of your own drum, neither follower nor leader.
Signs of Balance
Clarity – Intuition – Creativity – Quickness - Ability to Adapt
Feeling exhilarated, forward thinking with a steady mind, very alert and very attentive. Physically, signs of equilibrium would be punctual bowl movements and menstrual cycles, wounds healing well and properly. Sound sleeping and overall sense of vitality.
When you are living in harmony, you feel refreshed and relaxed the breath is subtle yet moving deeply and fully into the lower abdomen. Bowl movements are faint in odor and gas is minimal reflecting a healthy regular colon. Other signs of balance are your wounds healing well and properly, a sound sleep pattern and an overall sense of vitality. Feeling exhilarated and thinking with a clear mind with an absence of pain in the body are also indicators you are balanced. The mind becomes peaceful and enters meditation with great ease, maybe even spontaneously , you then have the capacity to further your intuitive insights and understanding of others and the Self. You feel safe enough to know others intimately.
Signs of Imbalance
Delusion - Flight instead of fights – Fearful – Confused – Ignorance - Spaced out distracted – Anxious
Physical pain, variable appetite, insomnia, dry skin, constipation, flatulence, irregular menstruation, being prone to distraction, anxiety, worry, weight loss, teeth grinding, fast speech.
When you feel your Vata dosha is out of balance physical pain, variable appetite, insomnia, dry skin, constipation, flatulence, irregular menstruation, being prone to distraction, worrying, weight loss, teeth grinding, and fast speech become noticeable.
Dull chronic pain joints become a source of aggravation or weakness, arthritis and hypertension, or spells of pain in the morning pronounced pains that dissipate with the course of the day. Your skin becomes rough and your weight drops, feelings of worry, and gas and bloating become prevalent.
Hectic times, windy days, excessive repetition, Harsh long winter season, Overworking, accidents, suppressing urges or overly expressive, repeated fasting, pungent, astringent and bitter flavors.
Yoga for Vata
The key is to be grounded.
Practice pranayama like Bastrika and Yogic Breathing to pacify uprooted feeling of Vata. Nadishodhana for Ajyana Chakra to stimulate concentration & intuition as well as balance the nervous system.
Practice asanas that place pressure on the pelvic colon areas with emphasis on breathing, regular and long.
Meditative postures are particularly beneficial as they put pressure on the lower abdomen and make body well grounded
LOTUS POSE (Padmasana)
SLEEPING THUNDERBOLT POSE (Supta Vajrasana)
SEATED FORWARD FOLD (Paschimottanasana)
PLOUGH POSE (Halasana)
LOCUST POSE (Shalabasana)
CORPSE POSE (Shavasana)
COBRA POSE (Bhujangasana)
KNEE TO CHEST POSE/ WIND RELEASING POSE (Supta Pawanmuktasana/ Pavanamuktasana/ Apanasana)
Healing Herbs and Scents
Ginger, cumin, fennel, coriander, cinnamon, cardamom, calamus, Valerian, nutmeg, holy-basil and chamomile. Take a natural laxative before bedtime like flaxseed or psyllium husks.
Tastes & Qualities Associated with Vata
, light, cold, and dry .