Childhood has all the qualities of Kapha. This “season” of our lives lasts from when we are born until about age 20 or so. As children, we are more Kapha-like. We may have a little bit of baby fat, we’re more calm and carefree. We place an emphasis on friendship and love to be cuddled. Children go through a stage where they are very possessive. They identify things as “mine!” They don’t want to share. They hoard their toys and start collections. These are Kapha traits. As parents, and teachers, we understand that this is a VATA 49 part of their growth process, and gently teach them how to get along with others, how to relate better with other people. We need to remember these lessons as adults in the world!
Pitta is made up of a combination of Earth and Water. See blow for further information on Earth and Water!
When in Balance You Are: Affectionate, Steady, Methodical, High stamina, Resistant to illnesses
When Out of Balance You Are: Dull, Prone to oily skin, Prone to allergies, Possessive, Oversleeping, Overweight
Dreams: Romantic, involving water. When you can’t seem to get enough sleep, you have trouble waking up in the morning, then that shows an overabundance of Kapha.
Particularly Sensitive To: Seductive scents, good food and drink
Money Spending Tendencies: Doesn’t like spending money, has lots of money in savings
Kaphas are really good savers. They avoid shopping, but when they do have to go out, they look for bargains. Kaphas also tend to hold on to items for longer than necessary. They think that they are saving by doing this, but in most cases, it is causing some inertia. A good strategy for Kaphas is to go through their closets every few months and donate unused items to charity.
Aggravated by Avoid: Cold, Damp, Oversleeping, Overeating, Heavy foods, Too little variety in life
Learns Best By: Association
Memory: Learns slowly, but then doesn’t forget
Headaches:A Kapha headache is dull and heavy. You feel tired and nauseous. Phlegm may be present. For this condition, basil is helpful, as an herb on food, or as a tea. The aroma of eucalyptus oil is also beneficial. "Click here for more information"
These are the subtle qualities of Kapha
-Calming. Seated in the brain and the heart region, this aspect of Kapha helps us with emotional stability. It also improves our memory.
-Lubrication. This is the fluid in the joints of the bones.
-Moistening. This is the secretion of mucus in the stomach and elsewhere.
-Perception. Seated in the mouth and tongue, this shows up as saliva that helps us taste food. It also helps with the first stage of digestion.
-Support. Seated in the lungs and heart. The basis of phlegm and other actions of Kapha corresponds to the watery essence (plasma) distributed by the actions of the heart and lungs.
Calendar for Kapha
All Kapha attributes. Kapha lasts until about 10:00 am Even young children can reap the benefits of the Kapha hours by arising at sunrise.
The cycle repeats again in the evening hours. From 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm is Kapha time. Sunset brings the body rest and a slower pace. It is best to get to bed by 10:00 pm to take advantage of the natural Kapha rhythm of this time. For best digestion, eat dinner at least three hours before bedtime. Younger children who need more sleep should go to bed earlier so that they will still wake up at sunrise.
Every person is born with a unique balance of each of the three doshas. Generally one or two of the doshas will dominate, and this will determine the Ayurvedic routine for your mind/body type. Remember that we each have Vata, Pitta, and Kapha in our constitution, but in a different proportion. Here are some examples of things you can avoid to help keep your dosha in balance:
Ayurveda: The Science Of Life and the 5 Elements
Fire (Agni)-Agni transforms and metamorphoses everything in the universe. Agni is present in each and every particle and each and every cell of our body. The same agni is present in each and every particle of the cosmos and manifests in different forms such as the luminosity of the stars, the electricity in the clouds, or the fire from wood. Heat, burning and transformation are the main attributes of Agni. In our body Agni gives heat and radiance, by burning the food consumed and transforming the ‘food juice’ formed from of the process of digestion into the subtle elements essential for the nourishment and growth of various tissues of our body. At the mental level, Agni transforms the stimuli received from the senses into knowledge and thoughts.
Air (Vayu)-We have air all around us. Though we cannot see it, it can be perceived by the feeling of touch and when the wind blows against the skin. And we can see the effects of air through the motion of trees, fans, and windmills. Motion, movement and speed are means by which we recognize Vayu. Akash or space is the seat of Vayu. Vayu is responsible for all movements in the cosmos. It might not be the air that flows in the earth’s atmosphere, but air itself can take various forms to control the movements in the cosmos as a whole. Due to Vayu there is vibration in the cosmos and in the body the same vibration at a micro level is responsible for the sustenance of life. In our body it controls 38 all the movement at a physical level (circulation of blood, expansion and contraction of the chest etc.), and also at the neuro-psychic level (the thought process, travelling of nerve impulses etc.). All creativity, from sprouting of a seed to growth of a fetus to regeneration of cells to creative ideas –all are possible only through Vayu.
Space (Akash)-Akash is the first element in the process of evolution as it has been depicted as an all-pervading, omnipresent element covering the entire cosmos. It has the maximum expanse. Non-resistance is its specific attribute. When we hit a solid substance we feel resistance, but when we move our hand in space we do not feel any resistance. Whatever be the expanse of an object, it will be its Akash. Whatever be the space occupied by a person, building, country etc will be their respective Akash. Whatever is the limit of a person or an object, is also the limit of the respective Akash. In the human body the akash is represented by all the pervading spaces like
• The numerous pores of the skin
• Space inside the body
• Alveolar and bronchiolar spaces
• Chambers of the heart
• Alimentary canal
• Blood vessels etc.
Earth (Prithvi): The most important inherent property of the Earth element is to give substance. Like we described in the case of water, the earth we inhabit does not represent the Earth element. In the cosmos the earth element is responsible for giving matter the ability to be perceived, to exist, to be still in the dimensions of time and space. When this matter comes under gravitational force, it results in weight. So in our body all that is substantive, heavy, stable and still is represented primarily by the earth element – for example, our bones. Due to its inherent properties the Earth element in our body gives anchorage or ‘holding capacity.’
Water (Jal)-The water element has the inherent property of cohesion. The water we see is composed of all five elements with dominance of Water element. In the cosmos the Water element is responsible for balancing the Fire element. So much so that the universe is visualised as a combination of Agni (fire) and Soma (Water). Fluidity, cohesiveness and cold are the hallmark of the Water element. As in the cosmos, the water element balances the Agni in our body. It is responsible for maintaining the fluidity of various important body components and for holding together various tissues in our body. At the mental level it is responsible for the feelings of love and affection which holds the family together.
Foods for Kapha
The basic rules for the Kapha diet:
• Choose foods that are bitter, spicy and tangy.
• Eat warm foods rather than cold foods.
• Avoid sugar. Use honey as a sweetener instead.
• Avoid dairy foods.
• Avoid fried foods.
• Eat smaller portions of food.
• Do not eat in between meals.
• Do not eat because of your emotional state, whether to celebrate or to soothe.
• Walk after a meal, do not rest or sleep.
• Drink fewer liquids during the meal, especially avoiding cold drinks.
To keep in Balance, Flavor: Bitter, Pungent, Astringent Warm, light foods
Here are some examples of specific foods in those taste categories that are balancing for each dosha
Bitter: bitter, greens, cucumber, tonic, water, spinach
Pungent:chili, peppers, onions, garlic, ginger, cinnamon
Astringent:beans, alfalfa, sprouts, apple, pear, potato
Avoid DAIRY products combined with:
-meat, including fish
Avoid EGGS combined with:
-dairy (milk, cheese, yogurt) -meat, including fish
Avoid CORN combined with:
Avoid LEMON combined with:
Avoid NIGHTSHADES (tomato, potato, eggplant, chilies) combined with:
Exercise For Your Dosha
Exercises recommended for Kapha personalities in Prakrit state:
▪ Power yoga
▪ Basket ball (defence positions initially)
▪ Football (defence positions initially)
▪ Hockey (Back or full back positions initially)
▪ Weight training
▪ Power lifting
▪ Kick boxing
▪ Racquet sports (doubles initially till muscles get conditioned for a single’s game)
▪ Rowing ▪ Swimming Exercises
Activities to calm Kapha in aggravated state:
▪ Any aerobic workout
▪ Weight training (quick repetitions)
▪ Hiking ▪ Fast cycling
▪ Mini marathons (slowly built up with time) -As the duration of exercise increases, aggravated Kapha starts normalising very fast.
Exercises /activities that Kapha personalities should avoid:
▪ Water sports for long durations which involve getting wet.
▪ Exposure to cold during any sport or exercise.
▪ Over hydration during exercise
Yoga For Your Dosha
Lion, Half Moon
Sun Salutation-6-10 times
Downward dog pose
Shoulder stand (with support)
Lion pose (in simple sitting position)
Corpse pose- 5 – 10 minutes
• Find a flat, open space, where you are free to move around without bumping into anything.
• Set aside at least 30 minutes, and preferably an hour, to devote to this practice and nothing else. Turn off the phones.
• Don’t practice on a full stomach. Allow time to digest before exercising. If you are pregnant, or have back problems, consult your doctor before starting any new exercise program.
• Wear loose, comfortable clothing, and be bare feet.
• Don’t overdo it. Rest when you feel tired. Your stamina will increase over time with regular practice.
• Breathe through your nose. Your breaths should be long and deep. Breathe with your diaphragm. Relax your chest and allow your breath to feel as if it is coming from your belly.
• Start out slowly, allow your body to warm-up.
• Have fun. Laugh. Enjoy being together. Don’t take yourself too seriously. • Cool down gently, allow your body time to rest and restore itself after you are done.
Ayurveda Thai Yoga Massage
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Oil Based Massage
massage offers many benefits. If done in the morning, it helps you to start your day off relaxed, which is essential in maintaining balance. When done at night, it promotes a restful night’s sleep. It doesn’t matter when you choose to do the massage, but you will receive the optimum benefits if you do it every day.
Since the quality of Vata is dry and cold, a warm and oily massage provides an ideal balance 105 for Vata types, though all types will notice increased health and vitality, especially during Vata season. The massage soothes the nervous system and the endocrine system, since skin produces endocrine hormones. It rejuvenates the skin, promoting a youthful appearance. It also eliminates toxins and tones the muscles. Sesame oil is generally recommended for Ayurvedic massage because it helps to balance all three of the doshas. But feel free to choose one of the oils that are specific to your dosha. Sesame is great for Vata. Coconut or sunflower both work well for Pitta. Corn or olive oils are beneficial for balancing Kapha. You can also add herbs or fragrances to the oils to personalize them for your needs. The entire massage requires only about 2 ounces of oil per person each time. If you are so inclined, this is a massage that you and your partner can do together.
Before you begin, warm the oil to skin temperature. The easiest way to do this is to keep a small plastic squeeze bottle filled with oil, and set the bottle in a bowl or cup of very hot water. Wait a few minutes for the oil to reach skin temperature. While the oil warms, lay out a towel to protect the carpet or floor from any oil that may spill. When you are ready, start the massage at your head. Drizzle a small amount of oil onto your scalp and massage it in with the palms of your hands. Use a clockwise, circular motion. Then gently massage your face and ears. If you have oily skin, avoid those areas that are prone to breakouts. Massaging the ears is excellent for balancing Vata. Drizzle some oil in your palms and massage your neck, then move to your shoulders. Use a circular motion on your joints shoulders, elbows, knees-and long up-and-down strokes on your limbs. 106 Be gentle on your torso. Use large, clockwise motions to massage the chest and stomach area. Reach around to massage your back as best you can without straining. Then massage the legs, ankles, and knees. Using the palm of your hands, vigorously massage the feet. It is best to leave the oil on the body for 20 minutes before washing it off in a warm, not hot, shower or bath. You can use this time to meditate or do your yoga exercises. If you don’t have time to wait, that’s fine. It’s much better to do a quick massage than none at all.