Kapha – The Energy of Lubrication
In our first blog, we discussed a brief overview of Ayurveda. We will now explore further the
important Principal Energies. Ayurveda holds the idea that three energy principals
are found in all living things. When applied correctly, all three of these principles help
the body and mind stay in balance. Of course, it is important to learn and understand how they
work. In this blog, we will explore Kapha, the energy of lubrication.
The path towards balance and health depends on how conscious one is about the dos and
don’ts of their diet and lifestyle. Kapha, one of the three energy types, concerns itself with the
energy that forms the body’s structure. The bones, muscles, and tendons – Kapha is the energy
that holds everything together and lubricates joints, skin, and immunity. It is believed that
protection is Kapha's greatest purpose.
Knowledge of one’s dominant energy allows that individual to make changes and
adjustments that help maximize balance and health. Kapha supports emotional calm, mental
and physical endurance, it also allows one to feel deeply, to empathize, and be compassionate.
Ayurveda teaches that contentment is one of the major benefits for a Kapha balanced life. In
balance, Kaphas are strong, loyal, patient, steady, and supportive. People with a dominant
Kapha energy tend to hold on to things, jobs, and relationships; so, they need new stimulations
of sights, sounds, and experiences. Kapha diet should be lively and full of energy to help spark
the digestive and metabolic systems. It is recommended to eat the largest meal at lunchtime
and a smaller meal at dinnertime.
There are general guidelines to maintaining Kapha balance.
Diet – avoid heavy foods, seek food that is light, dry, or warm, seek foods with pungent, bitter,
and astringent tastes, avoid foods with sweet, sour, and salty tastes
Temperature – stay warm, avoid cold, damp conditions, use dry heat for congestion, avoid
exposing nose, throat, and lungs to cold winter air when not feeling well
Lifestyle – get plenty of exercise, stay active, seek new experiences, vary routines, avoid
daytime naps, avoid clutter from accumulating in the home, office, car, and other physical
Kapha dominant are known for keeping things together and being a support system for others.
They rarely get upset, think before acting, and go through life in a slow, deliberate manner.
They should be focus on regular exercise, a healthy diet and establish a regular sleep routine.
For those unfamiliar with this ancient knowledge, it is urged to explore and adopt many of the
principals into your own life and experience the many benefits Ayurveda offers.