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  • Ginger Lemon Cornmeal Cake Recipe with Honey Lavender Glaze
    • All Recipes
    • April 19, 2022
    Ginger Lemon Cornmeal Cake Recipe with Honey Lavender Glaze

    Perfect for Spring or any time the kapha in you craves a treat, this cake is not too sweet or too spicy, making it a lovely choice for dessert, breakfast, or a healthy snack.

  • Understanding the Dynamics of the Doshas in the Workplace
    • Health and Wellness
    • March 31, 2022
    Understanding the Dynamics of the Doshas in the Workplace

    While understanding your dosha isn’t foolproof in helping you land the right job, it can give you the footing you need to set out in the right direction, and with a little more happiness and ease.

  • What Is Ayurvedic Dry Massage and Why You Should Try It
    • Routines and Rhythms
    • March 03, 2022
    What Is Ayurvedic Dry Massage and Why You Should Try It

    Ayurvedic dry brushing, called garshana (pronounced gar-shun-uh), promotes lymphatic cleansing and is a powerful way to support the removal of ama (cellular waste products) from the body.

  • 4 Ways to Access Kapha's Gifts of Strength and Resiliency This Spring
    • Routines and Rhythms
    • February 23, 2022
    4 Ways to Access Kapha's Gifts of Strength and Resiliency This Spring

    When kapha is well tended, it offers an abundance of gifts. These practical ways will help you harness the gifts of kapha for increased strength, health, and resiliency.

  • Roasted Kabocha Squash Soup Recipe with Fennel and Ginger [video]
    • All Recipes
    • February 11, 2022
    Roasted Kabocha Squash Soup Recipe with Fennel and Ginger [video]

    Need meal inspiration? This vegan-friendly Ayurvedic roasted kabocha squash soup is light, nourishing, and spicy-sweet—the perfect soup to revitalize you, body and soul.

  • What the Doshas Can Teach You About Your Relationships and Love Language
    • Relationships and Parenting
    • February 09, 2022
    What the Doshas Can Teach You About Your Relationships and Love Language

    When it comes to romantic relationships, the doshas play a big role, influencing what you contribute, how you show affection, and how to find harmony with your partner.

  • 5 Herbs to Balance Kapha and Support Your Winter Wellness
    • Ayurvedic Herbalism
    • January 26, 2022
    5 Herbs to Balance Kapha and Support Your Winter Wellness

    If you're feeling any signs of excess kapha this winter, bring in the warmth and keep kapha balanced with these five tasty and versatile herbs.

  • How to Exercise for Your Dosha
    • Health and Wellness
    • January 21, 2022
    How to Exercise for Your Dosha

    Different people need different types of exercise. Here’s how Ayurveda can help you optimize your fitness routine and get the most out of your movement.

  • Kapha-Balancing Fruit Crumble Recipe
    • All Recipes
    • January 18, 2022
    Kapha-Balancing Fruit Crumble Recipe

    For a sweet recipe that also calms the sweet tooth, try this fruit crumble by Amadea Morningstar, which can be customized to balance vata, pitta, or kapha. 

  • Can Vata & Kapha Be Out of Balance at the Same Time? [video]
    • Ayurveda Basics
    • January 27, 2020
    Can Vata & Kapha Be Out of Balance at the Same Time? [video]

    What happens when vata and kapha are both imbalanced? In this Ask Banyan video, we address what this type of imbalance might look like, and what to focus on to bring both doshas back to balance. 

  • 4 Reasons to Love Kapha Dosha
    • Kapha
    • January 23, 2020
    4 Reasons to Love Kapha Dosha

    Kapha has gotten a bad rap. For some reason, we fixate on its negative attributes. Find out more about the beauty of balanced kapha and why we would do well to embrace the kapha within us.

  • The Best Yoga Poses for Moving Kapha and Lymph
    • Yoga, Meditation & 8 Limbs
    • April 16, 2019
    The Best Yoga Poses for Moving Kapha and Lymph

    Kapha has a strong association with the lymphatic system. A yoga sequence that moves the lymph should include pranayama, vigorous movement, some inversion poses, and some twisting. Learn which yoga poses you can do at home to get the lymphatic fluid moving and keep kapha balanced.

  • Yoga Sequence to Burn Fat and Balance Kapha
    • Kapha
    • January 05, 2018
    Yoga Sequence to Burn Fat and Balance Kapha

    Let me be clear, I hate that fat has a bad reputation. Fat isn’t bad. Fatty tissues help protect our organs, lubricate our joints, and store hormones so we can carry babies and breastfeed our little ones. Fat helps us stay satiated after a meal. Fat fuels our brains. Fat is wonderful. Now that we’re clear on the goodness fat offers us, let’s address the concern with having too much fat.

  • Chitrak: Getting to Know Your Herbal Allies
    • Kapha
    • January 20, 2017
    Chitrak: Getting to Know Your Herbal Allies

    Okay, raise your hand if you’re familiar with the Ayurvedic herb chitrak. Anyone? Chitrak will give you heroic support, from fueling your digestive fire to aiding in healthy weight management, from destroying ama to revitalizing kapha—and so much more.

  • Dosha Love—Kapha Style
    • Kapha
    • May 26, 2016
    Dosha Love—Kapha Style

    Kapha partners are the “Ayurvedic teddy bears” that can bring on the BEST bear hug of all time. Here are Kathryn's top six suggestions for keeping your kapha sweetie happy. 

Kapha

As the dosha comprised of earth and water, kapha is all about cohesiveness, structure, and lubrication.

We have much to be thankful for when it comes to this dosha: like the container that holds things together, kapha lends form and solidity to all things, and it is the embodiment of love and compassion. And as the dosha responsible for lubrication, we can thank kapha for hydrating all cells and systems, lubricating our joints, moisturizing our skin, maintaining our immune system, and essentially protecting our tissues.

But when this watery dosha goes out of balance, it can lead to a whole slew of issues for the whole person, physically, mentally, and emotionally—such as sadness, lethargy, attachment, greed, and stagnation and congestion throughout the physiology, to name a few.

If this sounds familiar and you’re experiencing a kapha imbalance, don’t fret—Ayurveda offers ample resources to help you come back to balance. There are plenty of herbs for kapha and suggestions that can help you incorporate a kapha diet and lifestyle. Make changes in a way that feels empowering and inspiring to you. These articles are here to guide you on your journey!