Kapha Dosha Routine [5 Tips for Creating Balance in Your Day]

Kapha Dosha Routine [5 Tips for Creating Balance in Your Day]


Hi. I’m Alicia. Establishing a supportive daily routine is a crucial part
of the Ayurvedic lifestyle, and it can be a game-changer when kapha is provoked. Today, I want to share with you why kapha
benefits from having a daily routine, how to get started in creating a routine that
works for YOU, our top 5 tips for balancing kapha with your everyday habits. Let’s get started! Kapha is naturally heavy and dense, so when
this dosha elevated, we are likely to feel heavy, congested, unmotivated, and lethargic. Our minds may be unclear or foggy, and we
might struggle with finding the discipline to stick with our commitments. A daily routine can be potent medicine for
balancing these tendencies because it automates some of our most essential self-care practices. And as an added benefit, the most supportive
kapha-balancing routine will leave plenty of room for spontaneity as well. If you are new to creating your own Ayurvedic
daily routine, we have a couple of suggestions right off the bat that will help you follow
through on your intentions. First, it’s important to note that following
an Ayurvedic daily routine does not mean that you should schedule every moment of every
day. Instead, it’s about creating consistency
with a handful of habits that are repeated each day at similar times. This invites the body to relax into a sense
of safety, normalcy, and ease. And second, while the traditional Ayurvedic
daily routine could easily require several hours of your day, we can’t emphasize enough
the importance of starting small. Begin with just a few simple commitments that
you feel confident about accomplishing every day. Even small actions done regularly can have
incredible impacts on your health and well-being—things like going to bed and getting up at the same
times each day, eating your meals daily at roughly the same times, and taking some time
for self-love every day. Narrow down your list of potential habits
to focus on by being realistic and considering your schedule, lifestyle, and preferences. After all, this is YOUR routine, so it should
reflect what works for you. On a side note: Even though food and diet
are an essential part of a daily routine, we’re not going to discuss that in this
video. Click this link for our in-depth video on
kapha foods and diet if that’s what you’re looking for. Alright. Now that we know why kapha is balanced by
a daily routine and how you can begin to create your own, let’s move on to our top 5 tips
that you’ll want to consider including in your own daily routine. #1 Make It Doable
What we’re talking about is making some potentially impactful changes to your daily
life. Kapha is one to prefer the familiar, so making
the leap to incorporating new behaviors may feel like a stretch. To ease the growing pains, remind yourself
that this is about making a meaningful commitment to your own well-being, not about creating
more work for yourself, setting high expectations, or getting things checked off a list. Keep in mind that it’s important for kapha-types
to honor their own internal pace—which may be slow and steady—as opposed to the vata
or pitta tendencies to be frantic or obsessive. Our culture tends to shame being slow, but
for kapha-types, slow and steady usually works. That said, kapha does love a sense of leisure,
so an appropriate pace may also mean finding a wellspring of motivation to push through
any heaviness that starts to drag us down. If we can balance honoring who we are with
reaching for our personal best, we can begin to re-pattern one of kapha’s core struggles
and ultimately, we will be much better equipped to keep kapha healthy and balanced. #2 Make Room for Spontaneity Because excess kapha can cause us to be unmotivated
and lethargic, it can sometimes feel like we’re living life in a very predictable
rut. Counter this tendency by intentionally choosing
to break the monotony of a typical day as often as possible. Be willing to follow your inspiration, say
yes to random opportunities for adventure, and make time for lightness and fun. You will likely discover this practice to
be even more supportive if you make it a social experience that you share with friends and
loved ones. # 3 Prepare for Tomorrow, Today Where kapha is concerned, the evening habits
are essential because they can make or break your daily routine the following day. Choosing to be intentional about the flow
of your evening ensures that your day ends with devoted self-care, that you set yourself
up to get adequate rest, and that you’ll be less likely to oversleep or awaken groggy
the next morning. In addition to your usual hygiene behaviors,
consider adding one or two nourishing practices like Bhramari Pranayama, a yogic breathing
practice, or a foot massage with Kapha Massage Oil. If you’d like to learn more about Bhramari
Pranayama, click this link. Make sure you choose a bedtime and stick with
it as best you can. Receiving adequate rest at consistent times
will help to prevent an over-indulgence in sleep. You may also want to think about what time
you’ll be waking up. When kapha is provoked, we recommend that
you budget no more than eight hours for sleep, possibly less, and you’ll likely benefit
tremendously by waking up before 6 a.m., so plan accordingly. #4 Clean Up! You know the usual daily hygiene practices
like bathing, washing your face, and brushing your teeth, but there are a few other habits
that you could bring to your routine that will encourage the cleansing of your system
and leave you feeling light and fresh. Here’s a few that we highly recommend: In Ayurveda, scraping your tongue with a metal
tongue cleaner is considered as important as brushing your teeth. A light scrape of the tongue gently stimulates
the internal organs and awakens the digestive system for the day. It also removes accumulated toxins and bacteria
from the tongue that can contribute to bad breath. Drinking warm or hot water or water with lemon
after cleaning your tongue and brushing your teeth helps to awaken the digestive tract
and hydrate the tissues, and it also promotes peristalsis—which can encourage a healthy
morning bowel movement. Pranayama, aka yogic breathing, can also be
a cleansing practice, so consider adding a few minutes anywhere in your day. Great pranayama for kapha include Bhramari,
Full Yogic Breath, Bhastrika, or Kapalabhati. These are especially helpful in cases of mental
dullness, fog, or just overall sluggishness, as they help to clear and uplift the body
and mind. If you’d like to learn more about any of
these yogic breathing practices, just click this link! #5 Prioritize Movement and Exercise Because appropriate exercise is one of the
most fundamentally kapha-pacifying activities around, committing to regular, ideally daily,
exercise is one of the greatest gifts we can give ourselves when kapha is high. Any exercise will be supportive, but to maximize
the benefit, follow the principles of the Kapha-Pacifying Approach to Fitness—if you’d
like to read that, just click here. The best forms of exercise for kapha are vigorous
and challenging but also inspiring and fun! The best time of day to exercise is when kapha
predominates the atmosphere, between 6–10 a.m. and 6–10 p.m. If this time-frame doesn’t work with your
schedule, any time of day will do. For your regular daily workout, it doesn’t
have to be hours at the gym—even fifteen to thirty minutes per day can be life-changing. Almost any type of exercise will balance kapha,
provided you perform at a level that is appropriately challenging for you. Even if you are planning on a regular daily
workout later, one of the best things you can do to balance kapha is to get the body
moving first thing in the morning. This does not have to be your full daily work-out. A quick and invigorating series of Sun Salutations,
a few minutes of jumping on a trampoline, or a short brisk walk can do the trick. The idea is to shake off any lingering sluggishness
and activate the metabolic system early in the day. If you’re too sluggish to exercise immediately
upon waking, consider ten to fifteen minutes of pranayama, or yogic breathing exercises,
first. And those are our top 5 tips for balancing
kapha with your daily routine. We hope you find this video helpful as you
begin to craft the perfect kapha-balancing daily routine for you. We’d love to hear what is a MUST in your
kapha-balancing daily routine, so share with us in the comments below. Thanks for watching!

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