Its the final chapter of our “Ayurveda Explained” series! We’ve talked Vata and Pitta – and now the Kapha dosha within Ayurvedic Medicine. For those of you who don’t know, Ayurveda is an ancient Indian Science of Healing. This sister science to yoga holds the belief that wellness is dependent on the harmonization of our internal energies – known as Doshas. These Doshas are characterized by the elements: Vata (air), Pitta (fire) and Kapha (earth and water). We all have these three energies in our constitutions but are born with a specific makeup that usually makes one or two of the doshas dominant.
Imbalance occurs when we stray from our original doshic constitution and accumulate different ratios of them, leading to signs of excess dosha. All ailments are caused by this imbalance – translating into depletion (from Vata space/ air in our bodies), inflammation (through excess Pitta heat) or build-up of toxicity (the accumulating Kapha earth and water-retention).
Kapha – Earth & Water
The Kapha dosha is an energy described as earth and water. This dosha is characterized by qualities which embody these elements (ie. Heavy, wet, cold, stable). Those of us with a strong presence of the Kapha dosha display this in our bodies. In TCM this is known as Yin (that which has substance. Energetically, the shady side of the mountain’). Those with high Kaphas are grounded, loyal and dependable. Like earth and water, they have mass so tend to more have robust bodies and immunity – they also are likely to be slow-moving and sometimes lethargic. Because earth and water represent growth and storage, Kaphas have good memories as they store and retain knowledge excellently. They also tend to be sentimental, storing and holding on to the past. Physically, Kaphas are all about abundance, again because of the tangible characteristics of earth and water.