Kapha Work: Building Boundaries

 

“Givers need to set limits because takers rarely do.”

-Rachel Wolchin

 

I say this in all of my workshops on Ayurveda: I wish I had more kapha energy. It’s probably the same way that curly haired people wish they had straight hair, or tall people wish they were shorter. We always fantasize about the beauty of being different than they are. But truly, as a Vata-Pitta, I do love my kaphas.

 

I don’t think I’m alone in this wish either. Kaphas are so much fun! Kapha energy is playful, uncomplicated, and open. Kaphas are loyal, funny, and thoughtful.

 

Of course, we all have our work we need to do. And when I was thinking about the “work” that kaphas need to do to navigate the world with ease and joy and strength, the concept of boundaries quickly came to mind.

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Triumph over kapha for a healthy spring

kapha spring photo
I don’t know about you guys, but the weather right now has me in a bit of whiplash.

 

Some days – it’s beautiful! The sun is shining, I don’t need a coat, and I feel awake and alive. Other days – it’s cloud city, and the air just feels damp. These changes in weather can be confusing not only for our wardrobes, but for our bodies as well. Hence the huge crop of spring sniffles and sneezes. If you’re anything like me, you’re also feeling a little tired, a little “ho-hum”, and there’s a nagging fogginess in your brain that just won’t go away.

 

When I started to notice these symptoms, I was worried – Am I losing my edge? Why aren’t I more excited to get up, see friends, or do anything?

 

Then I remembered — Kapha. Duh! Okay perhaps that isn’t obvious to you….so let me explain:

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Personalized Medicine: Understanding your Ayurvedic Dosha

Meal for Vata Dosha
A satisfying meal for a Vata Dosha – lentils and rice with warm yogurt.

Isn’t it funny that even though all humans have 99.99% of the same DNA, we have such different preferences, routines, and needs? Perhaps you love a relaxing, grounding yoga practice, while your friend prefers to run ultra marathons…or you can’t stand the summer, while your sister revels in the heat. Despite our similarities, everyone feels best with a different set of routines and habits.
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