Saturday, January 21, 2006
What is KAPHA?
The three Doshas - vata, pitta and kapha - are based on the 5 elements: air, space/ether, fire, water and earth. Kapha is both water and earth. The nature of both these elements are heavy, while water is cool and wet, and earth is stable and inert. The moon is Kapha.
Kapha manifests in our bodies as all the heavy liquidy substances: water, mucus, lubrication and fat. Kapha moisturizes the air as we breathe it into our lungs, our food as we chew and swallow it, and keeps our membranes and moving parts lubricated and functional.
If your constitution is predominantly Kapha, it means water and earth dominate how your mind and body function. Characteristically, Kaphas have a solid build and tend to hold on to their weight, having trouble with weight loss. Your skin is supple and smooth, and you have broad, balanced features. You are slow in making decisions but are steadfast in your convictions once you get there.
Because Kaphas are placid and sedentary, the best activities for you are invigorating ones. Doing 15 minutes of vigorous exercise each day will do wonders for your physical health and mental energy. When stressed, Kaphas tend to withdraw and numb out. Meditation will calm you and heating alternate nostril breathing will vitalize you. A little food goes a long way, so pay attention to just how small your appetite really is and stop eating before you get full. Don't over-sleep -- in fact, waking up at dawn and having a reasonable bed time will help keep your energy high and level throughout the day.
In my view, Kapha is all love. Kaphas exude love and need love, like a warm blanket around lucky receivers. Though this openness leaves you vulnerable, be proud of the strength in your ability to have love and compassion for all life.