I’M #KAPHAIMBALANCEDAF, NOW WHAT?
So your kapha energy is out of wack.
If so you are experiencing the following signs and symptoms.
Kapha imbalance in mind:
Hard to wake up in the morning refreshed (no matter how many hours of sleep you get
- Hard to wake up refreshed in morning
- Feel slow, foggy, dull, lethargic
- Tends to emotionally eat
- Gets easily possessive and constantly dwelling on past hard to let go of past.
- Overly sentimental
- Complacent or stubborn
Kapha imbalance in body:
- Excess mucous
- thick, stinky, white tongue coat
- slow, sticky, sluggish poo
- High body weight
Kapha seasons begins late winter and runs into spring. It’s the wet and cold season that morphs into the wet and warm of May and June. The world is starting to come out of hibernation in Kapha season, but many of us stay stuck in the stagnant energy.
Along with the cold in the earlier parts of the season, it’s this prevailing wetness that defines Kapha season.
Kapha is the earth and water energy. It’s slow, steady, patient and heavy, and strong.
Kapha mamas are Beyonce and the mother of all Oprah.
SECRET TO BALANCING KAPHA IS: MOVEMENT || LIGHTNESS || WARM/DRY
Kaphas get sluggish unless they stimulate their mind and body on a daily basis.
Energizing Yoga Posture- Kaphas don’t need still yoga poses they need energizing ones like the Kundalini twist. This is my fav when I wake up tired and do it right in bed for 1-3 minutes based on how tired I feel. Moving postures help activate the mind and body. Instructions here.
Stimulate Your Mind –Since Kapha is inherently cold, heavy, and dense, the key to balancing Kapha is stimulation. Kaphas tend to cling to the status quo and routine, so they need the stimulation of new sights, sounds, and experiences.
Get Vigorous Exercise- Kaphas need to work out at least 5 days a week. This is the best way to avoid stagnation and the accumulation of toxins in the body. Focus on building endurance.
The best workouts for Kaphas are running long-distances, Peloton, Soul Cycle, Kundalini yoga, Orange Theory, swimming, and competitive sports. You can also get down to a Zumba, Salsa or Shamaic shaking class. At the very least a dance parties should be the norm in your home.
light and lively
Kapha’s need to be surrounded by light and lovely people, music, smells and experiencies.
Keep your home decluttered, focus on tidying it up and don’t hoard. Like Marie Kondo says if the people and things around you don’t spark joy than it’s time to let go.
#KonMarie your home stat. The fewer things around you the lighter your mind will feel and the more inspired you will be to move.
Use warm, stimulating essential oils like Thieves from Young Living, cloves,, cinnamon and eucalyptus
Reduce the intake of dairy, which tends to increase Kapha. You can use small amounts of ghee, low-fat milk, and low-fat yogurt.
Avoid most sweeteners. Honey is one sweetener that can best pacify Kapha. Other sweeteners, however, should be avoided because they increase the Kapha dosha, contributing to problems such as blocked sinuses, allergies, colds, and lethargy. Take a tablespoon or two (but no more) of raw honey every day can help release excess Kapha. Do not cook with honey though.
Drink hot ginger tea with meals to help stimulate slow digestion and sharpen dull taste buds. Drink 2 to 3 cups of ginger tea daily.
Eat beans. All beans are good for Kapha types except for soybeans and soybean-based foods such as tofu, which should be eaten in moderation.
Eat lighter fruits such as apples, pears, pomegranates, cranberries, and apricots. Reduce heavier fruits like bananas, avocados, pineapples, oranges, peaches, coconuts, melons, dates, and figs.
Eat lots of vegetables. In general, all vegetables are recommended but you should reduce consumption of sweet and juicy vegetables such as sweet potatoes, tomatoes, and zucchini.
All spices except salt are pacifying to Kapha. Use pungent spices like pepper, cayenne, mustard seed, and ginger freely in your diet.
Reduce nuts and seeds. Favor pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds.
Limit consumption of red meat. For non-vegetarians, fresh, organic white meat chicken, turkey, eggs, and seafood are acceptable.
Use small amounts of fats and oils. Try extra virgin olive oil, ghee, almond oil, corn oil, sunflower oil, mustard oil, or safflower oil.
For grains, favor barley, corn, millet, buckwheat, rye. Reduce intake of oats, rice, and wheat.
There you have it.
Ayurvedic lifestyle practices to balance out your Kapha. But this is only half of the tools. You also need yogic lifestyle practices as well to experience a quicker shift and balance.
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*For Clarity’s Sake: The information in this article is intended for your educational use only; and is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health providers with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition and before undertaking any diet, supplement, fitness, or other health program.
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