Underneath their calm constitution, however, Kapha suffers from terror of the unknown. For this reason, Kapha people naturally gravitate towards secure, stable lifestyles. Change is very threatening to Kapha. Like an ostrich, they may bury their head into the sand. For this reason, Kapha can sometimes get into a rut.
Ayurveda says to treat Vata like a delicate flower, Pitta as a sweet friend, and Kapha like an enemy. Since movement and change don't come easily to Kapha, they need to be prodded and motivated. Kapha needs a coach that can rip the Band-Aid off. Most Kapha people appreciate individuals that hold them accountable. Their tendency is to stay comfortable in familiar surroundings. Instead, they should shake things up a bit and branch out into new territory. Travel, signing up for a online e-course, or a night out dancing can lift Kapha's spirits and provide much needed inspiration.
Kapha's cold, heavy nature leads to poor circulation, water retention, and hypothyroid. Kapha fluids are generally thick. They need cardiovascular activity to get things moving. Kapha needs stimulation on multiple levels. Dry and vigorous massage invigorates Kapha and prevents stagnation in bodily channels. Spicy and invigorating foods can help stimulate Kapha out of their rut.
Kapha should wear bright, stimulating clothing and choose stimulating surroundings. Rising with the sun helps keep Kaphas clear headed and light on their feet. As a Kapha, you should not oversleep or take daytime naps, which make you feel sluggish.
Kapha's poor circulation leads to respiratory congestion and low immunity. They should keep warm to protect their lungs and sinuses. Since Kapha has low immunity they should not share drinks and foods with friends, as they are more susceptible to germs.
On the bright side, once Kapha is committed they have great stamina, and see a project through to completion. As in the story of the tortoise and the hare, Kapha is the slow and steady one that will win the race.
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About the AuthorJohn Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda. His approach to Ayurveda exudes a certain ease, which many find enjoyable and insightful. His online course Balance Your Ayurvedic Diet in a Week provides tools for gracefully healing with Ayurveda to thousands. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda , which specializes in digestive tract pathology & Ayurvedic nutrition. John and his wife Natalie recently published Explore Your Hunger: A Guide to Hunger, Appetite & Food.
John's interest in Ayurveda and digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, including his public service work in South Asia. John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion. John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing. In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.
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