Ayurveda Spring Transition: Kapha

by Lisa Breitenwischer

May 04, 2022

Ayurveda Spring Transition: Kapha

According to Ayurveda, when winter transitions into spring it’s Kapha season. The cold, heavy, dull qualities of winter and the dampness of spring enhance Kapha. Kapha is one of the three doshas associated with the Ayurveda Health System.

Traits and Characteristics

Kapha governs all structure and lubrication in the body and mind. It controls weight, growth, lubrication for the joints and lungs, and formation of the seven tissues. Kapha types have a strong build and lots of stamina. They have large eyes and smooth, radiant skin. Out of balance Kaphas may become overweight, sleep excessively, and suffer from asthma, diabetes, and depression.

Kapha’s are naturally calm, thoughtful, and loving. They enjoy life and become comfortable with the routine. People with excess Kapha tend to hold on to things, jobs and relationships long after they are no longer nourishing or necessary. Excess Kapha in the mind creates, resistance to change and stubbornness.

Tips for Balancing Kapha:

The key to balancing Kapha is stimulation.

  • Seek out variety and new experiences.
  • Avoid sleep in’s and naps.
  • Stay warm in cold damp weather.
  • Vigorous regular exercise, a little each day.
  • Use a neti-pot to prevent congestion.
  • Clear your space in your home or office.

Kapha-Balancing Nutritional Recommendations:

  • Try a 1 day fast ingesting our puréed Cauliflower Kale Soup, fresh vegetable juice, and Tumeric Tonic juice.
  • Reduce the intake of dairy which tends to increase Kapha.
  • Raw honey, a tablespoon or 2 a day helps release excess Kapha.
  • All beans and legumes are good, except soybeans should be eaten in moderation.
  • Eat light fruits such as apples, pears, cranberries, & apricots.
  • Reduce bananas, avocados, oranges, pineapple, figs, dates, coconuts, and melons.
  • Reduce nuts.
  • These grains are fine, especially barley, corn, buckwheat, and millet. Decrease wheat or rice.
  • All vegetables are recommended but reduce the consumption of sweet potatoes, tomatoes, and zucchini.
  • Spices are pacifying to Kapha, except salt. Use pepper, cayenne, mustard seed, and ginger freely in your diet.
  • Non-vegetarians-organic white meat chicken, turkey, eggs, and seafood are acceptable.
  • Eat your largest meal at lunchtime and a smaller meal at dinner. Allow 3 hours to digest before bedtime.


If you are feeling out of balance, this is a great time to focus on self-care, adopting new routines that better support you physically, mentally, and emotionally. If the idea seems overwhelming, let me help you. Book your Health Consultation today. Email me at support@behealthyoga.com. You don’t have to go it alone!


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Note: The information in the article is intended for your educational use only. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health providers with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition before starting any diet, fitness, or health program.


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