Kapha/Vata Mind-Body Type

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Here are the qualities that relate to your mind-body type, with tips to stay in balance.

Kapha – Vata mind body types

Kapha – Vata types are predominantly Kapha with Vata secondary. This means that the qualities of Kapha and tips for staying in balance will often apply. However, the other factors are the seasons, that have a strong impact, and any imbalances that you may have. With more awareness of your own nature, and how to detect imbalance before they become illness, you can improve your wellbeing and get ill less and less often.

 

Kapha

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Kapha types think slowly and methodically, and have good stamina. They like slower work routines and aren’t necessarily fans of change. People with a predominant Kapha dosha tend to be heavy and solid, work slowly and methodically, are always consistent with their mood. However, they can get depressed, and can easily get overweight. They manage with less sleep than Vata or Pitta and sleep soundly.
They have a moderate or low appetite, slow digestion and do not usually like sweet foods. They enjoy eating spicy hot foods as they increase the strength of digestion and reduce Kapha. They prefer it when it is dry and warm.

Kapha season is December to May and this is when Kapha can easily get out of balance.
They like routine and structure as well as manual work (involving movement which balances kapha). They learn slowly but remember well. They are highly tolerant and forgiving and flexible but not as sharp minded as Pitta types. They are sociable and like group activities, such as team sports. They are loyal and take care of the family.

Tastes that balance Kapha are: bitter, pungent and astringent, eg cumin.

Kapha influences strength, stability, smell, taste, potency, joint functions (synovial fluid), satisfaction and nutrition.

Tips to balance Kapha include:
• Staying warm
• Manual work is good, either at home, like DIY or work
• Taking warm drinks
• Being methodical and thorough at work and at home
• Warm food favouring pungent, bitter and astringent tastes, e.g. apples, they have a drying quality that suites Kapha
• The main meal in the middle of the day and lighter food in the evening

Kapha in balance is warm, family orientated and open. They are consistent, reliable, loyal and dependable.

 

Vata

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A Vata dosha is related to space and air, which governs all forms of movement in the body. Space and air are light and easily moved with little resistance. For example Vata people think quickly and they frequently jump rapidly from one topic of conversation to another.
Vata types are slim, and can have wispy hair and dry skin. For Vata types personal habits and meal times are irregular, they often nibble between meals. Sleep is usually light and they are easily disturbed, with more likelihood of insomnia. Their thought processes, speech and movement is fast. They like to talk and enjoy all types of communication, including music. They dislike cold, windy or dry environments and feel chilled quickly or shiver easily. Extremities (hands and feet) are often cold, or become cold easily.

Mentally and emotionally they are quick, they have a very active mind and have a tendancy to forget often.
They are intellectual, imaginative, creative, sensitive and tend to have more interests in the arts. Vata types are often introspective, shy, modest and can lack confidence. As a result of this, if Vata goes out of balance it can lead to worries or anxiety. Imbalance also leads to them being unsettled and impatient, although not angry. They like change which keeps them interested.

Tastes that balance Vata are: salty, sour & sweet.

Vata influences respiration, sensory perception, hearing, speech, processes in the body and movement.

Tips to balance Vata include:

• Staying warm
• Working more slowly
• Taking warm drinks
• Organising your work in an orderly fashion
• Getting to bed before 10pm – (before Pitta time), as well as no mental stimulation such as reading or TV after 9.30pm
• Taking Good Night tea before bed
• Warm food, favouring sweet, salty and sour tastes, e.g. bananas
• The main meal in the middle of the day and lighter food in the evening

When in balance, Vata is: imaginative, communicative, sharp, lively and intuitive. They make good artistic, creative team players.