Kapha

Kapha

Water and Earth / Binding Force

Kapha is the stable form composed of the elements of water and earth. The characteristics of Kapha are heavy, cold, oily, static, gross, cloudy, smooth, slow, wet, dense and soft. The Kapha dominant individual is taller or shorter than average with large bones, a solid build and broad or full features. When balanced, the Kapha person is relaxed, patient, conservative and stable. Accumulated Kapha can create lethargy, depression, weight gain, congestion and attachment. The cool, damp and heavy nature of Kapha is balanced by stimulating, warming and circulating ways.

Characteristics

Height, Body frame, Weight

Tall and stocky or short and compact – large bones, solid build – gains weight easily, difficult to lose

Face

Large or broad facial features

Eyes

Large, round, pleasant eyes

Hair

Thick, wavy, oily, shiny or abundant hair

Joints

Round, fleshy, well-knit, padded, lubricated joints

Skin

Oily, moist, smooth, pale, soft, thick skin that tans gradually – prone to large or congested pores

Circulation

Cool or moist hands and feet – moderate circulation

Eating & Sleeping Habits

Over eating or sleeping too long

Appetite & Thirst

Stable appetite or thirst – prone to emotional eating

Digestion – upper

Slow but regular digestion – heavy feeling after eating

Elimination

Slow but regular elimination

Energy & Endurance

Low energy or slow, consistent pace – high endurance

Immunity

Strong resistance to illness

Routines

Likes simplicity and routine – resists change – attached

Memory

Slow to memorize, but once retained never forget

Decisiveness

Takes time making decisions – gathers details – stays with decision

Speech

Talks slowly and conservatively – even pitch or melodious speech

Personality

Detailed, methodical or conservative

Stress Response

Attached, cautious, lethargic, in denial, depressed, or greedy

Social Preference

Prefers time alone, loyal friendships

Spending Habits

Spends reluctantly, money is to saved for unknown

Sleep Quality

Fall asleep quickly and sleep heavy and long – wake up slowly but rested

Climate Preference

Prefers a dry and warm climate -dislikes wet, cold, and cloudy weather