With well-developed bodies, broad shoulders and soft, oily and lustrous skin, Kapha types enjoy a regular appetite with a relatively slow-burning digestion. They are naturally deep sleepers. Akin to mother earth, Kapha types are patient, grounded, caring, stable and supportive of family and loved ones.
Kapha types have an appreciation for art, dance and music. They have an innate sense of taste and smell and love to eat. They can be very attached to material possessions, and have difficulty in recognising the difference between essentials and luxuries. Despite being hard-working people, they also have a tendency to be lazy and are capable of sleeping for longer than others. They strongly dislike the cold and adore warmth.
The ‘qualities’ or characteristics of Kapha are cold, moist, heavy, dull, static, smooth, dense, oily and soft, and sweet, sour and astringent in taste. Therefore, choosing more of the qualities or characteristics in food and lifestyle choices which have the opposite effect such as hot, dry, clear, light, sharp, active, rough, bitter, pungent and salty helps to maintain balance or bring excess Kapha back into equilibrium.
IN BALANCE Kapha personalities have a stable temperament, good long-term memory, good strength and stamina, a healthy and robust physiology, are team players, are reliable and enjoy sound sleep, are compassionate and affectionate.
OUT OF BALANCE Kapha personalities can gain weight easily, have slow digestion, may be prone to sinus and respiratory problems, feel lethargic, find it difficult to wake-up and can experience food cravings and depression.
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Note: Your Prakriti (your unique ratio of all 3 doshas at birth), can only be accurately worked out by a Vaidya (Ayurvedic doctor) who will expertly assess everything about you, including your Vikriti (any current imbalances). In the UK try the Ayurvedic Practitioner Association at apa.uk.com