Right now one of our challenges is how to properly train Kaphas…generally, they are happy, nice kids, but they tend to take the easy way out: they have big strong muscles, but find ways to work around not using them.
For example, two legged squats or sprawls become slow one legged, hand-on-the-knee-for-assistance-getting-up ordeals. This resistance to training properly ultimately sets the body up for injury and imbalances.
I wonder that their self-esteem will be affected when all the lighter more “vatta” and “pitta” types are flitting about performing correctly. Aadil said that kaphas are the workhorses of the world…it’s very hard to get them started, but once you do they are phenomenally strong and can go forever.
So how to get them started, how to keep them going? Erik has ideas…entry follows…
Here is an article on this dosha:
What is Kapha?
Kapha is made up of the two elements water and earth.
People with more Kapha in their constitutions tend to be of larger proportions, with a robust frame and padded joints, thick smooth skin that may tend towards oiliness, and rich, wavy hair. They are stable and calm in thought, speech and action, and are easy-going and supportive in relationships. There is an element of steadiness to their step, a quality of serenity in their smile. Loyalty is usually their second name. They are long, heavy sleepers and uncomfortable in damp, clammy environments. Calm and sweetness of disposition are hallmarks of balanced Kapha.
Factors that can cause Kapha dosha to increase in the physiology include a diet that contains too many deep-fried, sweet or heavy foods, over-consumption of ice-cold foods or beverages, exposure to cold and damp, daytime sleep, and lack of exercise.
Signs that you need to balance Kapha
- Are you gaining weight easily, even though you feel like you don’t really have an appetite?
- Do you feel tired even though you are not performing any physical activity?
- Do you find it difficult to awake even after long hours of sleep? Do you wake up feeling unrefreshed, tired?
- Is your skin feeling oilier than usual, with breakouts?
- Is your hair oily and streaky even with regular shampooing?
- Are you heavy and congested in your throat, head and chest?
- Is your digestion slow? Do you feel heavy and lethargic after a meal?
- Do you feel like you just want to sit and be a spectator?
- Do you feel withdrawn? Is it difficult to deal with change? Do you constantly feel the need to “cling”?
- Do you feel mentally umotivated?
If you answered yes to many of the questions above, following a Kapha-balancing diet and lifestyle can help restore balance to Kapha.
Kapha-type people tend to have sturdy, heavy frames, providing a good reserve of physical strength and stamina. This strength gives Kaphas a natural resistance to disease and a generally positive outlook about life. The Kapha dosha is slow, and Kapha types tend to be slow eaters with slow digestion. They also speak slowly. They are calm and affectionate but, when out of balance, can become stubborn and lazy. They learn slowly, with a methodical approach, but also retain information well with a good understanding of it.
Kapha dosha controls the moist tissues of the body, so a Kapha imbalance may show up as a cold, allergies, or asthma. This is worse in Kapha season, March through June. Cold and wet weather aggravates Kapha. They should not dwell in the past or resist change. They need lots of exercise and need to be careful not to overeat. Kaphas need stimulation to bring out their vitality. Kapha dosha teaches us steadiness and a sense of well-being.
Kaphas need deep sleep, or they’ll be groggy and ineffective, but they don’t necessarily need a lot of sleep. Kaphas love to sleep, and often have a hard time waking up in the morning!
Ayurveda recommends that everyone keep a regular bedtime and morning routine. Bedtime should be at the same time each night, preferably at 10:00 P.M. The hours before bed should be spent with quiet activity, Yoga, and meditation. You should awaken at dawn, between 6:00 and 8:00 A.M., and proceed with your daily rituals.