• Emily O'Brien

What is Kapha Dosha?

Updated: Aug 20, 2021

Hey love. You're probably here because you're curious about Ayurveda and the doshas, or maybe took a dosha quiz and found out you're a kapha, but you still don't quite understand what any of that means. This blog article will hopefully bring some more understanding.

First, let's answer the question, "What's a dosha?"

The doshas are the three physical forces formed by the five elements, which create specific qualities and tendencies within us and the world.

The three doshas are Kapha (water and earth), Pitta (fire and water), and Vata (air and ether).

Today we're looking at Kapha; the support, the foundation, the protector. It’s the beginning of the cycle, when life is being fostered. For example:

Kapha time of life is from birth to puberty; the beginning of life.

Kapha time of year is late winter and spring, when death is being replaced with life again.

Kapha time of day is 6am-10am; the beginning of the day.

Kapha stage of digestion is in the mouth and upper stomach; the beginning stages of processing food.


Kapha is made up of the earth and water elements. It’s responsible for our physical strength and stability, immunity, and lubrication of the lungs, stomach, nerves, brain, joints, mouth, and throat. Balanced Kapha elements are imperative for ultimate wellness of the mind-body-spirit.


The qualities of water and earth are cold, moist, heavy, gross, dull, dense, stable, soft, smooth, and cloudy. These qualities are reflected in the body and mind through our physical features, mental tendencies, and behaviors. If you're kapha-dominant, these qualities and features will dominate your physical and mental makeup.

Mind-Body Type.

Our kapha nature is our ability to love, support, and connect with ourselves and others. Kapha is our kindness. When kapha is balanced, we feel healthy, strong, secure, and totally at ease, knowing that all is well in our world, and if it’s not, it will be in due time. Too much kapha, however, will leave us with a cloudy mind (brain fog), attachment and compassion issues, depression, excess weight, sluggish digestion, and swelling in the body. The chief symptom of excess kapha in the body is swelling.

The kapha body type is endomorph. They tend to have strong bones, larger physical features in general (especially eyes and lips), and may hold onto weight easier than other body types, even if they’re very active.

The kapha-dominant person can be more drawn to quieter, calmer physical practices like yin yoga or yoga nidra, since their nature leans toward ease and stillness. That being said, a kapha body is very resilient with great stamina and if they put it to use in a more intense physical workout routine, they will benefit immensely. It's highly encouraged for kapha body types to move and sweat every day.


The kapha-dominant person is like an elephant or a turtle. Their calm, kind, and grounded personality brings a sense of peace and ease to other people. When a kapha is around, others can’t help but feel like life is good and everything is going to be okay.

Kapha is practical and compassionate. They love supporting others and taking on the caregiver role in many different forms. Because they handle stress so exceedingly well, they’re seen as the wise friend people come to for advice and reassurance.

But when the stress becomes too much, the kapha-dominant person will become withdrawn, lethargic, manipulative, and unmotivated. They may also become very attached to material possessions or cling to certain relationships in order to feel secure and purposeful again. If this happens, kaphas will do well to change their scenery by traveling, finding new hobbies and widening their friend circles to reinvigorate their passion for life.


Kapha’s primary location is in the stomach but it is also found in the chest, head, throat, membranes, and plasma.

Remember, we all have (and need) every dosha within us.

Most people don’t resonate 100% to any one dosha, because we are a unique combination of all three. We do tend to have one or two dominant doshas within us though.

Knowing which doshas are dominant or out of balance within us is the first step to feeling good in our body and mind again. This is just a summary of the kapha dosha and isn’t intended to diagnose or treat anyone. Book a personal consultation with me for a deeper analysis of your doshic constitution, and together we can work on your personal healing journey.

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