Your Constitution

You Are a Kapha Type!

The main characteristics of Kapha are oily, cold, heavy, stable, viscous, dense and smooth, which can manifest in various ways for you.

You are blessed with strength, endurance, and stamina. In general, you prefer familiarity and routine and can be averse to change. If Kapha becomes excessive, however, you tend towards attachment (greed and lust) and stubbornness. You might not feel the spiritual impulse to evolve as strongly as other doshas do. Rather, you are more inclined to be content with a comfortable worldly existence and are not fanatical about religion or spirituality. Kapha types are also the most compassionate and caring of all the dosha types.

More About You …


Kapha’s primary characteristics are cold, oily and heavy, which means in general, Kapha types are usually heavier-set individuals; natural athletes when exercising, but prone to weight gain when sedentary.

DIGESTION and APPETITE: Kapha types love food and to cook! Your appetite is not particularly large, but you can become emotionally attached to food, especially when stressed (or depressed). Typically, you have a low but steady appetite and usually eat slowly, enjoying your food. You prefer warm, dry, light and spicy foods. Of all the dosha types, fasting is the easiest for you.

ENERGY LEVELS: Energy is relatively low, but steady for Kapha types. You might often find it difficult to get going sometimes, but once you start something you usually finish it. You tend to be a bit lazy, but when motivated, your stamina is the greatest of the three doshas. You also benefit the most from vigorous exercise. For you, activities like yoga can be more of a physical pursuit, rather than a subtle/spiritual one.

SLEEP: You are a sound sleeper, usually falling quickly into a deep sleep and staying that way until you have to drag yourself out of bed in the morning. Your dreams are often romantic or sentimental, relating to love and security. They may also involve water and are rarely violent or involve running, which reflects your inherent tendency to resolve situations peacefully.

TEMPERATURE: Cold and especially damp weather aggravates Kapha Dosha. You are over-sensitive to touch, cold emotions, and strong odors.

SEX DRIVE: A steady desire characterizes the Kapha sex drive, and so you usually enjoy sex. You are aroused to passion slowly because of your innate reluctance to expend energy, but remain passionate for a long time. Kapha types tend to have very good fertility as well. Kapha women usually have regular periods and are more prone to water retention. Your cramps are likely to be mild, and your menstrual cycle is the easiest of all the doshas.


Your mind is typically calm, slow and receptive. You don’t usually worry too much and are quite easily satisfied as long as the comforts of a loving family and secure home are around. Your community, your family, and your social circles are important parts of your identity, and the lack of feeling loved or needed can lead to feelings of unhappiness and depression.

WORK: Kapha types are slow but methodical workers (i.e., the reliable ones). You are the best type of person to run a small business, with your capacity to resolve issues diplomatically and peacefully, and your inherent ability to keep things running smoothly.

FINANCIAL: You are most comfortable when you have a steady and secure source of income. Kapha types love to hoard money (and anything else!) too. You’re even capable of getting tough to protect or obtain what you feel is rightfully yours.

HABITS: You crave a steady and secure family life, without too many changes going on around you. You like to form habits and become quite attached to your daily routines, which may tend to stifle your creativity and inhibit evolution in your life.


Kapha types are natural nurturers. You have a lot of love, and you give it freely, but as a result, you can become easily hurt and disillusioned in relationships. If you are not mindful in such situations, self-blame can occur, leading you towards introversion and a fragile emotional state.
In general, you tend to make friends more slowly than others and do not seek friends on a value basis. Rather, a friend is for life.

POSITIVE TRAITS: You have many positive traits. You are calm, quiet, serious, strong, peaceful, sympathetic, courageous, loving, forgiving, steady, serene, affectionate, stable, patient, humble, committed, unshakable, generous, compassionate, and down to earth. You’re the kind of person who will stand up for what is right.

NEGATIVE TRAITS: On the negative side, Kaphas can be clingy, possessive, tend to ‘mother,’ over-caring (to extremes), manipulative, quiet, withdrawn, hopeless, rigid, resistant to change, insecure, unwanted, unloved or over-attached, and greedy. They tend to procrastinate, act too passively, feel stuck, and they’re often inflexible, stubborn, and stagnant.

Does this sound like you? Understanding the doshas and how they relate to us individually can help us to make the most of our strengths and to mitigate our weaknesses.



Our Recommendations …


The most important thing you can do for your mental and physical health is adhere to a lifestyle that will keep Kapha from accumulating to unhealthy levels. If Kapha becomes excessive, it’s important to recognize this and take steps to reduce it.

As a Kapha-type person, you are naturally grounded, have good stamina and endurance, and possess an uncommon sense of caring and compassion toward others. However, you need to make a greater effort than most to stay active and mentally stimulated to avoid falling into a rut.

Here are a few things for you to avoid:

  • Becoming clingy and attached to people and things.
  • Routine and repetition.
  • Spending too much time alone.
  • Emotional eating.
  • Being overly motherly with others.

Here are a few things to keep Kapha from accumulating:

  • Stimulate your body and mind regularly.
  • Engage in vigorous exercise, such as jogging, hiking, biking, circuit weight training, vigorous forms of yoga or martial arts, etc., for a minimum of five times per week.
  • Be spontaneous, try new things and engage in social activities, including lively music, uplifting experiences, and stimulating company.
  • Always keep warm and dry.
  • Occasional fasting can be good for you.

When it comes to food, we all need to indulge our cravings occasionally. Making a religion out of the food we eat misses the whole point of living a happy, healthy life. Adhering to a diet that mostly includes the foods that are good for us and avoids those that can throw our dosha into an aggravated state, is a sane and realistic dietary approach.

Important in Ayurveda are the principles of “like increases like” and using “opposites as medicine.” Kapha is increased by sweet, sour, and salty tastes. Foods with these qualities should be eaten in moderation or generally avoided. On the other hand, pungent, bitter, and astringent tastes help to reduce excess Kapha, and should form the bulk of your food choices. It’s best to eat meals at regular times, in a peaceful environment. Be sure to eat slowly and enjoy your food!

Food Do’s:

  • Eat foods that are pungent, bitter, and astringent.
  • Eat warm meals, including foods that are light and dry.
  • Use heating spices like cayenne, black pepper, chili, garlic, ginger, cumin, cinnamon, etc.
  • Eat lots of cooked or raw, pungent, and bitter vegetables, such as asparagus, beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, celery, garlic, green beans, lettuce, peas, etc.
  • Eat dry or puffed grains, such as barley, buckwheat, corn, oats (dry), rye, granola (low-fat), oat bran, millet, quinoa, etc.
  • Raw honey and fruit juice concentrates are your best choice of sweeteners, but use them in moderation.
  • Drink warm, spicy teas.
  • Eat moderately sized meals.

Foods to Avoid:

  • Sweet, sour, and salty foods.
  • Fruits that are too sweet or sour.
  • Oily, heavy, fried foods.
  • Heavy foods, such as cooked grains (oats), rice, wheat, etc. (eat in moderation only).
  • Cold foods and icy-cold drinks.
  • Highly processed food, junk food, and refined sugar.
  • Sour juices and teas, carbonated drinks, alcohol, and highly salted drinks.
  • Most nuts.
  • Dairy, such as butter, cheese, cow’s milk, sour cream, yogurt, etc.

Avoid over-eating or emotional eating.

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