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The Kapha Type

Posted on June 26, 2011 at 12:20 AM Comments comments (0)

(from about.com)   

"Kapha types have good endurance, strength and stamina.

  • Although it is easy for you to follow routine, it is healthier for you to periodically break from routine.

  • You tend toward inertia and tend to attach to people or things.

  • Food and security are important to you.

  • The primary organ is the chest.

  • Kapha is often correlated with the production of mucus.

  • Kapha types have a tendency towards congestion, sinusitis, sluggishness, weight gain, diabetes or water retention.

  • In order to be balanced, Kaphas should be physically active, consume little fried or fatty foods, avoid icy drinks, sweets or excessive amounts of bread. They should enjoy plenty of fresh vegetables.

  • Kapha types should allow excitement, change and challenge to become a regular part of their lives."




  (from themysticmasala.com)  

  KAPHA roams peacefully through the forest, meandering amongst the sweet scent of flowers and trees, stopping to talk with deer and to ponder the day. Slow and steady from forest to meadow, from valley to mountain, steadfast and strong through all walks of life.


Kapha is a combination of the elements Water and Earth. Kapha reflects the qualities of those elements such as heavy, cold, wet, slow, steady, soft, sweet, thick, oily and smooth. Think of Kapha as cohesive, literally giving shape, density, form and structure to the body. The Kapha dosha is responsible for mental functions like memory, serenity, faith, forgiveness, devotion, and emotions like love, affection, calmness, patience, sympathy, attachment, depression, greed and lethargy. Kapha provides the function of growth, development, stability, lubrication, and storage within the body. Those with predominant Kapha are susceptible to weight gain, respiratory congestion, depression, and oversleeping. Kapha is aggravated by sweet, sour, and salty tastes, cold, damp climates, excessive sleep, and lack of stimulating exercise. The tastes of bitter, pungent (spicy), and astringent balances Kapha, along with energetic activities, dry heat, invigorating scents, and energizing teas and spices to maintain their profound stamina and generous spirit.

 



(from vysada.com)


WHAT'S YOUR DOSHA?


Kapha: Oily skin (Earth & Water)

 

Kapha doshas are associated with structure. Kapha people are calm, loving, honorable and true to their word. They can sometimes become lethargic, slow to change or dull if not driven by others. When in balance they are patient, insightful and compassionate, but when imbalanced they can become controlling and insecure and physical symptoms of sinus congestion and weight gain can develop.

 

Kapha Skin:


Common Skin Problems: Kapha skin is prone to cystic acne, wet eczema, blackheads and excessively oily skin.

 

Caring for Kapha Skin: Healthy Kapha skin is smooth and free from wrinkles. Lucky you!  Use more detoxifying face masks such as our Chocolate and Peppermint Detoxifying Face Mask with Peppermint Activator. If you have oily skin exfoliating once or twice a week is very beneficial to the skin. Using a Nourishing Facial Oil for Oily skin with  ingredients such as jojoba  is important to balance out your sebum production. Kapha skin is more prone to breakouts. Try our Essential Blemish Stick that contains a unique blend of botanicals, including turmeric and neem that are effective in killing bacteria and reducing inflammation.

 

Once you know your skin type you have a great deal of control over the texture, clarity, and long-term health of your facial skin. The primary goal of Ayurveda is keeping our dohas in balance. Explore what Vysada has to offer for your skin type below.


  • Greasy, thickened skin, more tolerant of sun.
  • More likely to trap dirt in skin due to larger pores.
  • More prone to cystic acne, which can leave scars.


To Balance Kapha:

Take a hike in the mountains

Cook a spicy meal for friends

Avoid too many sweet or deep fried foods as they add oiliness to your skin



(from veria.com)



Suggested Food Choices for Kapha dosha

Posted on June 25, 2011 at 11:28 PM Comments comments (0)

The following list of suggested foods is by no means all-inclusive, but offers starting guidelines if you are new to ayurvedic dietary principles. We will add to this list regularly, so please check back often!


Grains: Buckwheat, quinoa, barley, millet, oats, amaranth, sago, small portions of Basmati rice, all cooked until tender


Vegetables: Asparagus, all kinds of greens, bitter gourd, green beans, lauki squash, artichoke, celery, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, beets, kohlrabi, daikon, radish, cabbage, all cooked




Fruits: Apricots, prunes, peaches, pears, cherries, berries, apples, lemons, limes, pomegranates, dried figs, raisins


Lentils: Mung beans, mung dhal, toor dhal, red or brown lentils, small portions of garbanzos, lima beans, black beans, all cooked until butter-soft

Dairy: Whole milk diluted with water, lassi, small portions of cottage cheese or fresh paneer cheese


Oils: Small portions of ghee and olive oil


Herbs: Cilantro, curry leaves, parsley, fresh basil, fresh mint, fresh oregano, fresh thyme, sage, neem leaves


Nuts and Seeds: Sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds


Spices: Turmeric, cumin, cardamom, coriander, fennel, dried ginger, Chinese cinnamon, black pepper, Chinese cinnamon, mint, saffron, dill, lime zest, nutmeg, cayenne, fenugreek, mustard seed, oregano, marjoram, thyme, rosemary, paprika, mace, cloves


Other: Raw honey in moderation, unsalted unbuttered popcorn, crackers in moderation, cooked tofu in small quantities (diced small and cooked with spices)


(from ayurbalance.com)

 

What's Your Ayurvedic Type?

Posted on June 25, 2011 at 11:09 PM Comments comments (0)

(from beliefnet.com)


Kapha: Your constitution shows a likely kapha (water) dosha. Those with this dosha are vulnerable to respiratory problems and allergies.


Kaphas are slow, deliberate people with a mild, easygoing manner borne of good muscle structure and a healthy constitution. At their best, they have exceptional stamina and a metabolism that is able to pace itself. At their worst, they become plodding bureaucrats unable to get past the minutiae of life. Kapha imbalances manifests itself mostly in a slowing down of metabolism and obesity. The prescription for Kapha imbalances is to help them snap out of it. Bitter foods that will shock their system, aerobic exercises, adventurous activities that will take away from the routine."


 


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