Kapha-Vata

If you have a kapha-vata type constitution it means that both kapha and vata doshas have equal strength in your equilibrium of doshas. While kapha exercises a stable and binding influence, vata has a cool and airy force. Balancing your dosha levels to keep them within the normal range of your constitution helps to maximize your potential and preserve your health. Significant increases or decreases in levels of any dosha can throw off this balance, giving rise to disease. This makes it important to understand your constitution and the strategies needed to support your unique doshic makeup.

Physical Traits:

Kapha-vata type individuals would be loosely characterized as mesomorphs with average build and stature. However, they tend to be tall and are more likely to have lean and sinewy muscles, rather than bulk. As a kapha-vata type individual you should follow a consistent diet with an emphasis on moderation as there is a higher tendency to gain and lose weight easily. Depending on which of your 2 dominant doshas has a greater influence, your facial structure could be round or long and angular.

Kapha-vata type individuals tend to have an average build and have lean muscles

Your skin complexion and tone can vary somewhat, with a kapha predominance giving you a pale skin tone, while vata predominance could give you a darker skin tone. Your skin texture is likely to be normal, being nether too dry, nor too oily. Kapha-vata type individuals are blessed with thick hair that is not so dense as to be unmanageable. Your body temperature leans towards the lower side, which is why you probably have a natural preference for warmer environments and sunshine.

Psychological Traits:

Kapha-vita individuals have a pleasant disposition and nurturing temperament because of the cool and airy energy of vata and the stabilizing influence of kapha. Although creative and outgoing, you probably have a calm mind with a spiritual bend. Although you are often methodical and organized in your approach, you may also be indecisive at times. Try not to be too rigid and inflexible with yourself. Taking up meditative practices will help to keep you both focused and calm, minimizing the risk of frustration and stress disorders.

Health Risks:

The kapha-vita combination makes you quite resilient and healthy, but there are a few health risks that tend to surface. Vata can be easily aggravated leading to poor digestion with symptoms like bloating and constipation. There is also some risk of aches and pains and metabolic disorders. You can also become vulnerable to respiratory allergies and congestion, with a buildup of mucus and phlegm when kapha is aggravated. The risk of such conditions increases when your doshas are not balanced properly, making a disciplined lifestyle particularly important.

Kapha-Vata Type Celebs:

Kathy Bates and Danny DeVito

References:

  • Tiwari, Maya. Love Your Body Type The Ayurveda Way. 1st ed., Mother Om Media, 2012.
  • Pole, Sebastian. Ayurvedic Medicine the Principles of Traditional Practice. 1st ed., Churchill Livingstone, 2006.
  • Lad, Vasant. Ayurveda: The Science of Self Healing. Lotus Press, 1984.

Next: Balancing Kapha-Vata

Knowing your dosha type makes it easier to manage imbalances when they do arise. Find out how lifestyle choices affect dosha levels and take steps to balance kapha-vata doshas.

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