If you've been following my blogs, you know we've been talking about Ayurveda, which is the world’s oldest health science and is the sister science to yoga. If you've heard of yoga or practiced yoga, you've experienced Ayurveda. Yoga is for spiritual purposes; Ayurveda is for balancing the mind and body.
Dosha’s are the three energies that help define everyone’s makeup. Once you take the test and determine which Dosha is your primary Dosha, then following it can help you live a healthier, more balanced life. Everyone has all three, but one is usually dominant primary, and secondary and then there’s usually one that’s least dominant. The three Doshas are:
Vata – Energy of movement that enables fluids and nutrients get to our cells
Pitta – Energy of digestion allows us to metabolize the nutrients in our cells
Kapha – Energy of lubrication – it maintains the structure of the cells in our bodies.
In Ayurveda, disease is the result of too much deficiency of your primary Dosha. Mind, body, and consciousness work together to cultivate balance in our bodies. Today we’re reviewing Kapha Dosha.
Kapha Dosha is comprised of earth and water. It governs all structure and lubrication in the mind and body: joints, lungs, blood, fat, muscles, bones, marrow, reproductive tissues, and nutritive fluids. People who’s primary Dosha is Kapha, tend to be bigger boned, have heavier thighs, seem very steady, have stronger stamina, and crave breads, pastas, and carbs. If Kapha is your Dosha, you’re friendly, everyone relies on you, and you’re constantly giving to others.
If you answer yes to more than one of these questions, your Kapha energy may be out of balance:
Do you suffer from sinus problems?
Do you sleep long hours and wake unrefreshed?
Do you experience bloating and water retention?
Do you find that you are possessive and overattached?
Do you feel stiff and heavy especially in the morning?
Are your skin and hair oily?
KAPHA OUT OF BALANCE
When Kapha is out of balance, you may find that you lack motivation to move forward or make necessary changes in your thoughts or life; you may find yourself in a rut. You may frequently feel stuck in the past or stuck in your own ways. Mucus, inflammation, and water retention are signs of Kapha imbalance.
TO BALANCE KAPHA
Choose to eat fresh fruits, vegetables, and legumes.
Favor pungent, bitter, astringent tastes and light, dry, and warm foods.
Reduce sweet, sour, and salty tastes in your diet.
Exercise vigorously, a little each day.
Stay warm in cold, damp weather.
Be adventurous and try new things.
KAPHA & MEDITATION
Kapha’s may tend to fall asleep with traditional forms of meditation and therefore need more movement or interactive meditation. For example, try walking meditation, Tai Chi or Qigong (moving meditation) these are better for your body and bring you into a deeper, inner calm.
I hope this was helpful for those who’s Dosha is Kapha. You may have noticed we have added meditation to our services menu, be sure to check it out. If you’d like more information or would like to come in and take a Dosha test, please contact us.
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