Kapha Dosha is represented by dense, stable, cool, and wet qualities. In order to counteract these forces, an extra amount of intensity and effort needs to be applied to create heat and energy. If you are Kapha or have a Kapha imbalance, try these suggestions in your Yoga practice:
- Extend your arms whenever possible instead of resting them at your side. The objective is to increase your heart rate.
- Incorporate full, deep, slow, and controlled breaths throughout the entire practice.
- When you feel like you have reached your maximum threshold, hold the pose 1-2 more breaths.
- Challenge yourself even when you feel like taking a resting pose.
- Try poses like Virabhadrasana I (Warrior I) with arms up to the ceiling, Virabhadrasana III (Warrior III), holding Plank, Archer, Crow, or other arm balances to maximize energy output.
- Try to work up a sweat. Kaphas naturally carry excess water so sweating is therapeutic!
- Exercise several times per week.
- Kapalabhati Pranayama can foster enthusiasm, heat, and focus.
- Enjoy a well-deserved Savasana.