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Ayurveda About Each Dosha

According to Ayurveda, there are three primary energies, or Doshas. The Doshas are Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. These Doshas regulate all physical and psychological behaviors, from basic cell structure to the most complex mental functions. The Doshas are found in unique proportions in every individual. This singular combination of the Doshas is called our constitution or Prakriti, and it will determine our basic physical appearance, preferences, behaviors, and emotional tendencies. When the Doshas are in their natural balance with one another, our physical and mental states are at optimum health. When the Doshas fall out of balance, disease may manifest. Ayurveda seeks to return the Doshas to and maintain them at their natural balance in our individual constitution.

A thick, broad, well-developed frame and large, long limbs go well with a pleasant, deep and resonant voice with low, slow, rhythmic speech. The skin is usually thick, oily, pale or white and cold. Plentiful, thick, wavy, lustrous and generally brown hair is set on a large, rounded and full face. The neck is solid, with a near tree-trunk quality. A large, rounded nose and large, attractive, blue or light brown in color eyes are found in a mouth that is large with big, full lips. Teeth too are big and white and set in strong gums.

Kapha:
Kapha gives us substance and support. Kapha is mainly concerned with providing the physical field for the Vata and Pitta energies. It governs cell structure, bodily secretions, and gives the mind stability.

      Physical Appearance of Kapha

      physique: large, rounded build, good muscular development
      skin: cool, smooth, moist
      hair: thick, wavy
      eyes: large, attractive, brown

      Temperament of Kapha

      mental: calm, tranquil, compassionate, thorough, rarely forgets
      physical: steady appetite, slow digestion, regular elimination, deep sleeper
      energy: steady, lethargic, good endurance
 

Kapha predominated people are calm, steady, considerate - stable, patient personalities they are slow to anger. Not easily provoked, once angry they do not calm down easily. They are honorable, true to their word and avoid lies. Loyal, forgiving and understanding, they can be lethargic, even lazy, if not driven by others. Learning may be slow but memory will be strong. Excellent in logical analysis, they take time before reaching conclusions. Long hours of deep sleep and a strong, enduring sex drive come naturally. While they do save money, it does get spent on food. And there can at times be an element of dullness, given that a Kapha mind is usually too content to seek fresh mental stimulation.

Satwika individuals are usually noble and spiritual in character, their nature determined as much by body type as their star constellation, having an element of Kapha in their constitution.

 

Satwika Subtype Qualities

Brahma Free from passion, anger, greed, ignorance or jealousy, possessing knowledge and the power of discrimination.
Arsa Excellent memory, purity, love and self -control, excellent intellectual frame of mind, free from pride, ego, ignorance, greed or anger. Possessing the power of understanding and retention.
Aindra Devotion to sacred books, study rituals and oblations. Devotion to virtuous acts, far- sightedness and courage. Authoritative behavior and speech. Able to perform sacred rituals.
Yamya Free from mean and conflicting desires and acts. Having initiative, excellent memory and leadership. Free from emotional binds, hatred, ignorance and envy. The capacity for timely action.
Varuna Free from mean acts. Exhibition of emotion in proper place. Observance of religious rights
Kabera Courage, patience, and hatred of impure thoughts. Liking for virtuous acts and purity. Pleasure in recreation.
Gandharva Possession of wealth, attendants and luxuries. Expertise in poetry, stories and epics. Fondness for dancing singing and music. Takes pleasure in perfumes, garlands and flowers. Full of passion.

Factors that increase Kapha

Exposure to cold, eating too much sweet, meat, fats, cheese, milk, ice cream, yogurt, fried food, excessive use of salt. Excessive intake of water, taking naps after meals. Doing nothing. Sedative and tranquilizers. Doubts, greed, and possessiveness.

REMEDIES

KAPHA

Food

Decreased quantities of warm food. Pungent, bitter and astringent tastes. To be taken earlier than 10 am and not later than 6 pm. Healthy Kapha types should observe fast one day per week.

Oil Massage

With stimulating oils such as punarnavadi oil and srigopal oil.

Exercise

Regular and vigorous.

Herbal Dietary supplements

Guggulu, sitopladi churan, Trikatu, chavanprash, Kapha Tea.

 

      Remedies for Kapha
      Foods: warm, dry, light, spicy
      Tastes: pungent, bitter, astringent
      Exercise: regular, vigorous
      Single Herbs:
      Herbal Supplements: Lasunadi, Triphala, Brahmi, Chandra Prabha, Guggulu, Vasavaleha
      Rasayanas: Kapha Chyavana Prasha, Haridra, Sage, Shatavari
      Skin Care: TriDosha Cleanser, TriDosha After Shave Gel, Kapha Energizing Tonic Lotion, Kapha Energizing Cream, Kapha Body Oil.

KAPHA

Kapha means "phlegm" and "that which holds things together." Kapha provides the substance and support for our body. In other words it is the bulk of our tissues. Emotionally, Kapha is the love and support we receive in life and governs the feelings of compassion, devotion, modesty, patience and forgiveness. Negatively expressed , it is greed, attachment and self pity. Kapha is the physical and emotional "home" in which we reside.

Kapha (water) governs:

  • solidity of the body
  • storehouse of energy
  • stability
  • lubrication
  • holding together of the joints
  • form
  • fluids in the body
  • the sense of taste

Kapha rules the emotions of:

  • patience
  • forgiveness
  • compassion
  • love
  • deep sense of satisfaction
  • sense of being grounded and belonging
  • attachment
  • greed
  • mentally stuck
  • dullness

Kapha's main locations are:

  • the chest
  • the throat
  • the head
  • the pancreas
  • the sides
  • the stomach
  • the lymph
  • the fat
  • the nose
  • the tongue
  • Its primary site is the stomach

Kapha in the chest or lungs produces moisture for these areas. Kapha also moistens the throat, head, sinuses and the nasal passages. In the mouth and tongue kapha produces saliva. The tongue is the organ of taste, which sensory quality belongs to the water element. Kapha creates the fat tissue which stores water. It is also contained in our sides that surround the abdominal cavity in the form of the *peritoneal fluid. An excessive amount of Kapha will produce an overabundance of mucous and thus congestion.

*peritoneal fluid - the thin membrane that lines the walls of the abdomen and covers the organs in it.

Kapha gives support to vata and pitta and gives stability to the body functions. It is the conserving, consolidating and restraining force for the other two humors. Kapha helps to ground and control the active and consuming natures of Vata and Pitta. Without Kapha the other two humors will disperse and disintegrate their energy; like a candle that no longer has a wick or wax; the fire and air will soon dissipate.

Attributes of Kapha:

  • heavy
  • dull
  • slow
  • cold
  • liquid
  • dense
  • thick
  • soft
  • stuck
  • cloudy
  • oily
  • damp

Kapha Rules:

  • constructing of form
  • anabolism (building up of substance)
  • the tastes of sweet/salty
  • childhood years
  • morning and evening
  • winter and late spring (damp, cold season)

ATTRIBUTES OF THE THREE HUMORS; A COMPARISON

Vata
Space/air
movement
old age
catabolism
astringent
light
mobile cold
rough
dry
clear
dispersing
agitated
subtle
hard
neutral

Pitta
Fire/water
transformation
adult years
metabolism
sour/pungent
light
flowing
hot
liquid
oily
spreading
focused
sharp
smooth
clear
aggressive

Kapha
ater/earth
constructing
childhood
anabolism
sweet/salty
heavy
slow
cold
oily
liquid
thick
static
soft
dull
cloudy
passive


Look at the chart above and observe the similarities and differences of the different doshas.

Vata
Seniors
60 yr. - up
detachment
completion
catabolism
bone conditions
fall-early winter
dawn, dusk

Pitta
Adulthood
15 - 60 yr.
production
create/transform
metabolism
heat conditions
late spring-summer
noon, midnight

Kapha
Childhood
0 - 15 yr.
development
building
anabolism
mucous conditions
winter/early spring
morning, evening

Locations :

high, dry, cool

hot, humid

low, damp, cool


Look at this chart and think of different seasons of the year and our lives and how they relate to VPK. Think of different locations and see if you can see the qualities of VPK in them.

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