All You Need to Know About Kapha, Vata and Pitta

Kapha individuals are calm, thoughtful, and stable. They have great self-discipline and can take on several tasks at once without losing focus, making them great multi-taskers. These individuals are also empathetic and patient. As Kapha represents the lubrication in the body, too much of it can result in health problems such as congestion, excessive sweating, and obesity. In terms of mental health, it can lead to unnecessary attachment, excessive sleep, sluggishness, and a heavy mind. 


It means ‘wind’ and is the energy of mobility or movement that influences all activity within the body such as breathing, the beating of the heart, muscle movements, blood circulation and elimination of waste from our system. A Vata-dominant individual is energetic, flexible, and creative. They are always on the go but tend to suffer from forgetfulness and long-term memory loss.    Just as when the wind is too strong, it can bring about a storm, a Vata imbalance can result in anxiety, nervousness, and depression. Health problems related to dryness, such as constipation, dry and rough skin and decreased need to urinate are prone in individuals with a Vata imbalance.


Comprising of the element of Fire, Pitta affects the digestion system in the body and the body temperature. It regulates all body functions related to transformation; be it the processing and digestion of food or how our brain processes information and situations. Pitta also affects our intelligence and understanding. A balanced Pitta-individual is ambitious and intelligent with a sharp memory. They are mentally tough and tend to possess great focus and clarity, making them effective leaders.  However, just as too much heat is never good, a Pitta imbalance can result in mental and health problems for an individual if the ‘fire’ within becomes too much for the mind and body to handle. Common problems include anger, jealousy, inflammation, heartburn, and even ulcers.