Kapha Qualities 

The Glue

  • Elements: Earth and Water

  • Translation: What sticks

  • Known as: The glue

  • Qualities: Heavy, cold, oily, sweet, steady, slow, soft, sticky, dull, smooth, calm, enduring, sympathetic, relaxed, nurturing, stable, courageous, forgiving, and loving.

  • Psychologically prone to: Procrastination, lethargy, excessive sleep, and problems letting go.

  • Physically prone to: Poor circulation, mucus, heart disease, arthritis, swollen glands, bone spurs, and weight gain (usually in the stomach and thighs).

  • Sense organs: Tongue and nose

  • Motor organs: Reproductive and elimination

  • Pacifying Colors: Warm, bright and stimulating (gold, yellows, oranges, reds)

  • Mudra: Pran Mudra - Brings vitality, strength, and immunity (Connect tips of ring finger, pinky, and thumb.) 

  • Breath: Bhastrika breath - Increases lung capacity, eliminates waste, clears inflammation in the throat, warms the body. (With an inhale lift the arms toward the ceiling, palms facing forward. Release exhale forcefully through the nose while simultaneously drawing arms down and curling fingers in to make a fist.)

  • Yoga Practice: Should be energizing, strong, and warm. Postures should be repeated several times on each side for short durations. 

  • Essential oils: The cool, heavy and slow nature of Kapha is balanced by using stimulating, warming and cleansing aromatics - angelica, anise, basil, bay, bergamot, birch, camphor, cardamom, cedarwood, cinnamon, clary sage, clove, cypress, eucalyptus, fir, frankincense, geranium, ginger, grapefruit, hyssop, jasmine, juniper, lavender, lemon, lemongrass, lime, marjoram, neroli, myrrh, myrtle, petitgrain, peppermint, rose, rosemary, sage, sweet orange, tea tree, wintergreen, yarrow

  • Carrier oils: Mustard seed, almond and grape seed

  • Times of day Kapha is high: Between 6am-10am and 6pm-10pm.  

  • Seasons/weather Kapha is high: Winter and early spring or when it is cold and damp. 

  • An out of balance Kapha feels: Tired, insecure, clingy, depressed, unmotivated, lethargic, and withdrawn. 

  • A balanced Kapha feels:  Nurturing, loyal, compassionate, grounded, patient, and content.