Kapha dosha in the body primarily reflects the quality of water. Just like water can be polluted easily, kapha dosha can get out of balance quickly. Our leisurely habits and bad eating habits readily impair our kapha dosha.
Kapha dosha is vital to be kept balanced. After all, it is responsible for giving firmness, stability, & structure to the body. It controls weight, growth, & lubrication of joints. That is why a ubiquitous sign of an imbalanced kapha dosha is obesity.
Kapha also governs fluid balance in the whole body & lungs. It also helps information of all the seven dhatus i.e., bodily tissues.
Such functions of kapha maintain the body structure, moisture & provide natural resistance to sickness. Any deviation in functions of kapha ultimately impacts on body internally & more externally. What if kapha gets corrupted?
How to know kapha is imbalanced?
Kapha especially gets aggravated by laziness, increased coldness, soon after eating, during winter, spring, late morning, & evening.
If you observe the following signs in your body then you need to balance the kapha dosha before it aggravates to an uncontrollable level:
- Easy weight gain but hard to lose it & tend to be overweight
- Feeling complacent, dull, bored, & lethargic
- Frequent & prolonged sinus problems, congestion, allergies, coughing, cold & flu
- Likes to rest a lot & sleep longer
- Experience stiffness & heaviness in joints
- Have slow digestion, low appetite, & feel heavy even after eating a light meal
- Excessive salivation, nausea, pallor
- Always in deep confusion & depression
These signs are indicative of coming kapha disorders like obesity, asthma, bronchitis, chronic rhinitis, cardiac diseases, swelling of joints, indigestion, goiter, and urticaria.
So, how can you reduce and maintain normal kapha levels in your body? Let’s take a look at the solutions.
How lifestyle can balance your kapha?
Usually, Kapha people are warm, thoughtful, & dislike much activity, but when kapha goes out of the balance, then they tend to get complacent, lethargic, stubborn, depressed, & overweight. So, to get the excess kapha out of the body, following an Ayurvedic lifestyle helps.
- Kapha body types should keep varying their daily routine, or else it’ll make you dull and sluggish. Be early to bed and early to rise i.e., between 4-6 am so that you have lots of time to seek newness in your morning routine. Because changing your morning can change your whole daily routine
- Avoid oversleeping. Sleep maximum for 6 hours, oversleeping makes you lazy and dull
- Drink 2-3 glass of warm water after waking up as it helps to flush out the excess mucus secreted in the body during night time. It is best to drink warm water only after cleaning teeth and tongue
- Regular vigorous exercise is an essential part of the lifestyle for kapha body type as they tend to be lazy and overweight. Push yourself to exercise daily between 6-10 am as it is the best time to stabilize kapha.
- As kapha types are more prone to respiratory allergies, cold, & flu practicing Nasya or nasal rinsing with Neti pot is very beneficial. For Nasya, tilt your head upside down and instill 3-5 drops warm sesame oil or ghee into each nostril and let it absorb
- Massage your body with heating oil like sesame oil, or if you have oily skin, you can dry massage your body with rice flour or chickpea flour. After massage take a relaxing warm bath. Avoid bathing with cold water
- It’s better not to have your breakfast before 10 am as kapha increases during this time and hampers with your digestion and may cause indigestion & sluggishness for the whole day
- 10 am-2 pm is the best time to have your main meal as digestive fire is most active during this time. Have a light dinner 2-3 hours before going to bed
- Follow a kapha balancing diet with plenty of spices and fast at least once a week
- Kapha types tend to be perfect but slow & steady workers and hence quickly get depressed when comparing themselves with others. Working at your own pace and giving your personal best may help keep kapha in balance
- Stay warm especially in cold & rainy weather, enjoy the sun and spend more time outdoors, meet new people, try new adventure activities, have new experiences and develop new hobbies
- Wear bright, lively, bold colors like yellow, orange, red, gold as they tend to reduce lethargy & mental heaviness and balance kapha. You can also decorate your house in warm, vibrant, & bright colors
- Use stimulating essential oils & incense of aromas such as musk, camphor, cinnamon, cedar, patchouli, pine, orange, basil, clove
Which herbs are useful to balance kapha?
Excessive kapha can interfere with your digestion & metabolism and produces ama (toxins), which could lead to several severe diseases in the long run.
To improve your digestive fire and balance kapha, you can use herbs like dry ginger, cinnamon, aloe, turmeric, and barberry. Include hot spices like cayenne, mustard, cloves, garlic, long pepper, and black pepper in your diet.
To keep up your physical energy levels, you can take stimulating tonics like shilajit, Guggulu gum, aloe gel, saffron, elecampane root in the form of tablets or powder.
If you feel depressed, tiresome, and gloomy for no reason, then mind-clearing herbs may help, such as Gotu kola, basil, calamus, moonseed leaves, licorice, and nutmeg. Making a tea of these herbs is the best way to take.
Which yoga & exercises are suitable for kapha?
Regular exercise is a must for kapha body types more than for other doshas. Vigorous and energetic exercises for 40-60 minutes are ideal for kapha individuals. Running, biking, hiking, climbing stairs, martial arts, squash, aerobic weight lifting are good options for an intense workout.
Yoga and deep-breathing exercises are essential to charge your metabolism and increase fire element in your body. Practice following yoga postures with short rest intervals,
- sun salutations
- bridge posture
- fish posture
- shoulder stand
- lion pose
- cobra pose
- peacock pose
Pranayama or deep-breathing exercises like kapalbhati, bhastrika, Surya bhedana, anuloma viloma helps remove accumulated kapha & calms the nervous system.
Balanced kapha increases strength, endurance, & stamina, but when it gets out of the track, it may put your body and mind into an inactive state.
Imbalanced kapha is associated with almost every lifestyle-oriented disease like diabetes, obesity, hypercholesterolemia, cardiac disorders, and to prevent such ailments; it is vital first to tackle kapha dosha.
Following Ayurvedic anti-kapha lifestyle is undoubtedly an easy way to reduce one’s chances of falling into the trap of fatal lifestyle disorders.