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
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
Gentle, and essentially undemanding approach to life
Excellent health, good immune system
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
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
Pale, cool, clammy skin
Edema, water retention, Bloated feeling
Sluggish digestion, food "just sits" in the stomach
Aching joints or heavy limbs