Those with a Kapha constitution are governed by water and earth. Kapha is essential for structure and fluidity, and manifests as weight, growth, strength, tissue lubrication and formation. Kapha corresponds to the following:
Cold, wet, heavy, cloudy, static
Caring, compassionate, tender, faithful, grounded
Developed bodies and sometimes overweight, broad chest, soft, dark and wavy hair, large eyes and teeth
Regular appetite with slow digestions
Sound, prolonged periods of sleep
Temperament and memory
Sometimes slow to comprehend, but good memory
When balanced, Kapha types are lovable, strong, patient, loyal, supportive, stable and calm.
When out of balance, Kaphas may become greedy, lethargic and depressed and may suffer from obesity, diabetes, respiratory problems like asthma and bronchitis, and swelling and tumors. They may also become resistant to change and hang on to things and people after they are no longer necessary.
Since Kaphas need to balance their moist, soft, and heavy qualities, they need to eat light, dry and fiery foods. They also tend to benefit from eating astringent, bitter and pungent foods. In addition, it’s important for Kaphas to wake up before 6 a.m., take their main meal at noon and exercise regularly and vigorously. Because Kaphas tend to cling to their routine, they need variety and new experiences. They also benefit from dry, warm environments.
Most of Us are More than One Type
While we’ve spoken of constitutions as though everyone is just one, the reality is that people often have combinations of these types. A combination of two Dosha is called Dwandwaja. Tridoshaja is a combination of three Doshas. Ekadoshaja, which is more rare, is the term for those exhibiting a single Dosha type.
With a combination of all these additional types, there are a more complex array of types that are best determined by an Ayurvedic wellness specialist. Such a specialist can also help you determine the best foods and activities for your body type.