Your Ayurvedic Type: Kapha Dosha

characteristics of kapha dosha

The Characteristics of Kapha Dosha

Your Ayurvedic type is based on a complex blend of qualities. If you are Kapha dominant, you may notice the following characteristics in yourself 

To understand your Ayurvedic type or constitution you need to know about the doshas.

What is Your Ayurvedic Type?

The Ayurvedic Doshas are Vata, Pitta and Kapha

All of us are a blend of doshas, with one dosha dominant, and a secondary dosha supporting that.

Very few people are dominated by just one dosha, and even fewer are a balance of all three.

A combination of doshas is used to describe your prakruti. Your Ayurvedic prakruti would be Kapha dominant if you notice most of these qualities in yourself

As an example you may be Kapha dominant with Vata the next strongest influence, and so your prakruti would be Kapha/Vata


The best way to get a proper analysis is by seeing a qualified Ayurvedic practitioner.

However, you can also take an online quiz to get a good idea.


You can learn more about the doshas, prakruti and temperament here.

Or if you need to know more about Ayurveda you can go here


Characteristics of Kapha Dosha – Learn About Your Constitution or Prakruti

If you are Kapha dominant, you may recognize some of the following qualities in yourself


The Characteristics of Kapha Dominant People

  • Generally speaking they have strong bodies and enjoy good health.
  • Usually calm, cheerful and reliable
  • Absorb nutrients easily. Usually have well-built or larger body frame
  • Should generally eat less than what they think they want and can skip breakfast.
  • Should only eat when hungry, and not just for comfort
  • Slow metabolism and so can easily gain weight
  • Tend to be cool by nature, but this is counterbalanced by being active
  • Usually skin is moist, eyes or teeth can be large
  • During cold weather prone to colds, and may show signs of fluid buildup.
  • Tend to manifest imbalances with excess weight or through ‘holding on’ – constipation can be an issue, as well as mobility or fluid problems from being too sedentary.
  • Should avoid cold, sweet, sugary or processed foods, as well as any kind of excess.
  • Do best with small portions of warm food.
  • Need to stay active and should be encouraged to get more exercise. Once started, usually great endurance.
  • Should avoid spending too much time being sedentary, especially sleeping in the day.
  • Do best with therapies that are vigourous and get body to move.
  • Strong massage is excellent, especially when the treatment is followed with heat. Steam therapy is ideal.
  • Movement is the antidote to any feelings of heaviness, depression lifts with action.

Know the Characteristics of Your Body Type (The Ayurvedic Doshas)

Vata Dosha: The Characteristics of Vata Dominant People

Pitta Dosha: The Characteristics of Pitta Dominant People




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