Kapha Constitution

Kapha Constitution

Kapha Dosha - Kapha is the sustaining force that upholds previous conditions, whether of health or disease. It's the energy that controls growth in the body. It supplies water to all body parts, moisturizes the skin, and maintains the immune system.

Kapha holds back and preserves both inhibiting the horizontal movement of Vata and the vertical movement of Pitta. It also provides the fuel that the other two doshas rely upon to produce their energy, which serves to stabilize them. We deal with Kapha third in order to guard our base.

  • Dosha In balance: Expressed as love and forgiveness.

  • Dosha Out of balance: Can lead to insecurity and envy.


Characteristics of Kapha mind/body type: 

  • Easygoing, relaxed, slow-paced

  • Affectionate and loving

  • Forgiving, compassionate, nonjudgmental nature

  • Stable and reliable

  • Faithful

  • Physically strong and with a sturdy, heavier build

  • Have the most energy of all constitutions, but it is steady and enduring

  • Slow speech, reflecting a deliberate thought process

  • Slower to learn, but outstanding long-term memory

  • Soft hair and skin; tendency to have large "soft" eyes and a low, soft voice

  • Tend toward being overweight

  • May also suffer from sluggish digestion

  • Prone to depression

  • More self-sufficient

  • Gentle, and essentially undemanding approach to life

  • Excellent health, good immune system

  • Very calm

  • Strive to maintain harmony and peace in their surroundings

  • Not easily upset and can be a point of stability for others

  • Tend to be possessive and hold on to things.

  • Don't like cold, damp weather

  • Physical problems include colds and congestion, sinus headaches, respiratory problems including asthma, allergies, and atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries).

Dosha Out of Balance:

  • Sluggish thinking, Dull thinking

  • Groggy all day

  • Apathetic, no desire

  • Depressed, Sad, Sentimental

  • Slow to comprehend, Slow to react

  • Procrastinating, Lethargy

  • Clingy, hanging on to people and ideas

  • Greedy, Possessive, Materialistic

  • Sleeping too much

  • Very tired in the morning, hard to get out of bed

  • Drowsy or groggy during the day

  • Weight gain, obesity

  • Mucus and congestion in the chest or throat

  • Mucus and congestion in the nose or sinuses

  • Nausea

  • Diabetes

  • Hay fever

  • Pale, cool, clammy skin

  • Edema, water retention, Bloated feeling

  • Sluggish digestion, food "just sits" in the stomach

  • High cholesterol

  • Aching joints or heavy limbs