A few weeks ago in our post about a kapha-balancing diet, we shared how kapha is the dosha with the fewest diseases associated. Kapha’s earth and water elements are stable by nature and less prone to go out of balance than vata’s air or pitta’s fire. This is why people with dominant kapha in their constitutions tend to live long, healthy lives. However, one factor can easily aggravate kapha, and it is quite common in our modern lifestyle: sedentary living.
End kapha imbalance with a different way of living
It used to be that people moved their bodies as part of a normal day. We walked instead of drove, we worked with our hands instead of at a computer and we cooked instead of tapping the microwave button. This meant that movement was a natural part of the human experience. We were leaner, more mentally alert and attuned to the world around us. There was no other way to be.
It’s true that modern conveniences have given us more time in our days, but most people have chosen to fill it by sitting in front of a television and eating too often. This has led to a significant increase in weight gain (and the backup of toxins that come with it), mental dullness and emotional inertia. These signs of kapha imbalance have an impact far beyond the individual -- the physical, mental and emotional numbness that comes with a sedentary lifestyle results in us giving up our power to governments and corporations. Sedentary living, and kapha imbalance, clouds our connection to the God of our hearts, the place where we are able to make decisions that benefit our highest good.
It’s time for a new lifestyle, one that allows for a full expression of who we really are. This comes when we tap into the power of our physical bodies through daily movement, sharpen our minds by engaging in the world around us and tune into our emotions so we can be more present in life. By making small changes in how you live, you will release the inertia that pulls you toward the couch and experience the positive qualities of kapha, such as compassion, love and nurturing.
Lifestyle tips to balance kapha dosha
While most people have two doshas that are dominant, it’s helpful to remember that all three are present in your body and each one needs tending. The key is maintaining balance of all three doshas in relationship to one another. Don’t overdo anything -- work toward a sattvic lifestyle that allows for the proper flow of prana and all three doshas will find their groove.