Kapha Dosha and Yoga
The ultimate goal of yoga is to connect to your true Divine essence and expand your consciousness. Whether you are predominantly Vata, Pitta, or Kapha, stay focused on your intention to stay present and take your yoga practice to a deeper level.
If you are a Kapha person, combination of earth and water, you may have many friends who know they can always count on you. You most likely give your Vata and Pitta friends a sense of stability and a feeling of security that they may be longing for, and might lack within themselves. Community is important to you and you might sport a green thumb in gardening―tending to nature’s beautiful creations.
Kapha is very sensitive to cold and damp climates. If you live in an area with long and rainy cold seasons you may get downright miserable and crave warmth and dryness. For you, it is important to stay warm during the cold season. So make sure you keep moving to prevent stagnation in your body, and nourish yourself with spicy teas like Chai Tea or Hot Ginger Tea. You may also enjoy Golden Milk, a warm Turmeric drink.
Kapha types have the most stamina and strength of all the doshas, but when out of balance, they can suffer from lethargy and excess weight. If you are predominantly Kapha, a stimulating, energizing Yoga practice is ideal. It’s important to challenge yourself and create heat in your body to counter Kapha’s natural tendency to feel cold and sluggish. Move through your flow sequences quickly (though always with conscious awareness) to lighten and warm your body.
Doing your yoga in the early morning hours of Kapha (between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m.). This will help keep you more energized and motivated throughout the day. At the beginning or end of your session, you can practice bhastrika or bellows breath, which cleanses the body and energizes the digestive system.
Kapha is a type that tends to be of a sturdier build, this type also benefits from great flexibility. A Vinyasa flow is a fine practice for Kapha, as are Hot Yoga and Ashtanga Yoga. The Kapha body move slowly and gracefully, doesn't sweat easily, so a warm room and flowing practice will help work up a healthy sheen and flush toxins out through the skin.
Poses that are particularly beneficial for Kapha are standing postures, invigorating, especially if you hold them for a longer time.
If you’re feeling congested, sequences of detoxifying twists, energizing sidebends, warming inversions, and heart-opening Backbends such as Natarajasana (Lord of the Dance Pose) or Ustrasana (Camel Pose) help open the chest and circulate the life-giving energy of Prana throughout the body, can help clear your lungs and brighten your mind.
To get the most out of each pose, take deep breaths, evenly filling all facets of your rib cage. For an extra dose of heat and stimulation, pause at the end of each exhalation for a moment or two (unless you’re pregnant). Kapalabhati Pranayama, the skull shining breath, or the Kundalini Breath Of Fire are also beneficial for stimulating blood circulation and the respiratory system, which is especially important for Kapha who tends to accumulate mucous easily.
MEDITATION FOR KAPHA
Nothing suits Kapha more then to sit in one spot for periods of time and not move. This Dosha type tends to be extremely loving, loyal and particularly devotional nature and will find bliss in joining in a spiritual practice. Finding ways to focus the mind won't be necessary for you if you are a Kapha person; you are already calm and grounded.
A wonderful meditation technique for Kapha is a walking mindfulness meditation. Put on whatever you need to stay warm and comfortable and go for a short walk, preferably in nature, in an area you know well where you feel safe and don't get distracted by traffic or other concerns. Let your senses―smell, sight, touch, sound and even taste―be engaged and notice your environment without getting too attached to these sensory impressions.