"Kapha" comes from the letters "ka" and "pha" which means "water" and "flourish".

Kapha is responsible for the formation of tissues, and the structure of the body.

He is responsible for the growth and development of the body. He is the energy that governs the formation of cells and tissues of the body which are constantly destroyed and renewed.

He is a cohesive force and stability. Kapha is responsible for emotions and feelings. It gives strength, stability and endurance, both physical and psychological.

It also acts as a regulator to control the 2 energies Vata and Pitta.

Its seat is the stomach, pancreas, chest, head, lymph and adipose tissue. It acts primarily through the plasma and lymphatic tissues.

Kapha-dominant individuals have a calm, gentle and loving temperament. They can be apathetic, withdrawn and have a depressive tendency. See article on PittaSee article on Vata


The harder the struggle, the more glorious the triumph. Self-realization requires a very great struggle.

Swami Sivananda

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