A balanced kapha gives a person strength of mind, solidity, protection and endurance. They are very robust and strong individuals both physically and mentally.
However, this dosha is made of the elements earth and water, and the new life and growth we see at spring time is created by increases in the element water. So, there is a risk that kapha can increase during the spring and typical kapha tendencies such as resistance to change can become dominant.
If we allow kapha to become out of balance in early spring then we will start to see signs of excess.
Here are the symptoms to look out for:
A wet cough
Cold hands and feet and a poor circulation
High level of mucus and phlegm production
An excessive desire to sleep
If you don’t know which dosha you are, take our quiz to find out.
In order to balance kapha, we need to balance kapha’s heavy, dense qualities by increasing movement and stimulating the system to push through sticky congestion and accumulated damp. To maintain balance, take advantage of the lively energy in spring that is associated with all the new life and growth. For example, you could channel this energy into starting a new project.
The kapha diet in spring is all about reducing congestion and fluid build-up and will be of particular benefit to those who suffer with sinus congestion and heavy hay fever during the spring. Increased kapha can make you crave processed sugary snacks. So swap these out for warm fruity treats such as baked apples or a sugar free fruit crumble. This diet is most beneficial towards the end of winter and in the very early stages of spring:
Eat only when hungry, allow the body plenty of time to properly digest its food
Emphasise foods that are light, dry or warming to stimulate movement and heat
Favour foods that are spicy, bitter or astringent to power through sticky congestion
Reduce foods that are heavy, oily, cold, sweet, salty and sour . These are considered to be energetically ‘cooling’ for the body
Avoids stimulants, dairy and highly fatty or processed foods.
Kapha will benefit from more stimulating exercise that gets the blood flowing. Make the most of the vibrant energy of spring, and the brighter morning by waking before 7am for a simple yoga practise. Yoga postures that are more stimulating and invigorating such as the Sun Salutations and Cat Pose can be especially helpful.
Herbs that help to reduce kapha include those that are considered slightly more stimulating and heating.
Ginger - Warms the circulation and reinvigorates the mind
Red Ginseng - Highly energising, reducing tiredness and fatigue
Cinnamon - Warms the digestion
Turmeric - Boosts circulation
Green Tea - Boosts cognitive processes such as memory and concentration
As a BSc qualified Ayurvedic practitioner and yoga teacher, Jo is passionate about bringing these two ancient sciences together to help people feel empowered about their health. Jo has put her post-graduate certificate in education to good use, co-founding the Ayurveda academy to help others learn of the wonders of Ayurveda. Jo has also earned a Masters degree in human sciences from Oxford University and has taught in several schools
BSc qualified Ayurvedic practitioner and yoga teacher
20 years as a Hatha yoga teacher/ayurvedic practitioner
Member of the Ayurvedic Practitioners Association