General Kapha balancing program
In this page you can read about how to balance kapha (earth-water elements) in your body and mind.
Follow the recommendations below if your prakruti (birth dominant) is kapha, or if you have a vikruti (imbalance) in kapha.
You can find out your prakruti/vikruti by the PDE (present dominating elements) self-test at the bottom of this page.
- Wake up early
- Be active on a daily basis
- Seek new experiences
- Vary your routines
- Avoid sleeping during the day
- Perform daily dry massage
- Try not to accumulate things
- Choose food that is light, warm and dry
- Avoid food and drinks that are sweet, sour and salty in its basic taste
- Avoid oily and fried food
- Avoid chilled drinks and ice creams
- Avoid watery fruits
- Eat plenty of leafy greens
- Use recommended spices when cooking
- Make sure not to overeat
- Avoid eating when mind is sentimental and depressed
- Feel lighter and stronger by eating less and healthy
- Don’t eat too late or too early in the day
For a list of specific food that balances kapha click here!
Here you find a basic yoga program to balance kapha. For instructions on how to perform the asanas, longer programs and therapeutic yoga for 50 different symptoms/diseases refer 'Yoga is my therapy'/'Yoga är min terapi'.
To think about when practicing yoga for kapha
- Practice with determination
- Imagine a light feeling in the body
- Focus on upward movement
- Keep your mind focused
- Be enthusiastic
- Explore your limits
- Keep your discipline
Dharana is the initial state of meditation, used in the beginning of your yoga program to draw maximum concentration into your practice.
Dhyana is practiced at the end of your yoga program. Dhyana means a state of meditative mind and while Dharana draws your focus into a single thought, Dhyana dissolute every single thought by the feeling of being in the moment. Staying in one feeling without any thoughts can be a challenge for the beginners but through the continuous practice your mind will gradually reach there.
Dharana and dhyana can be practised outside your yoga practise too. In that case chose a position where you can be relaxed but awake in mind and body, for example Diamond pose or any of its variations.
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