Yoga for Kapha Dosha



In our last post, we identified with the predominant characteristics of the Kapha Dosha. In this post, we will introduce you to easy asanas to balance the kapha dosha. Yoga is a great way to help balance one’s doshas, along with the right diet. To prevent weight gain, slightly more energizing poses are recommended for the Kapha dosha, which also help to deal with lethargy and immobility. It is also suggested to do them a little faster, moving quickly through the poses to warm the body a little.

Backbends, bellows breathing and any other poses that open up the stomach and chest are good, but the Surya Namaskar or Sun Salutation is probably the best suited for Kapha dosha. The ideal time for performing these poses is in the morning between 6 A.M. and 10 A.M.

1. Virabhadrasana II (Warrior II) 

  1. From mountain pose, step one foot out, within a gap of 3-4 feet.
  2. Raise arms to the side, keeping them straight and parallel to the floor.
  3. Turn left foot out to 90 degrees, making the right foot turn a little to the right. Turn the entire left leg outwards, aligning both heels.
  4. Bend left knee over left ankle, keeping lower leg perpendicular and upper leg parallel to the floor. Stretch the arms out and away from the shoulders. Hold for 30 seconds.

2. Setu Banddha Asana (Bridge Pose)  

  1. Lie on the floor, back straight and head relaxed. Lift knees up to keep feet flat on the floor, with heels as close to hips as possible.
  2. Pressing arms and feet on the floor, lift hips off the floor, firming the buttocks.
  3. Clasp hands together on the floor under the hips and stretch through the arms.
  4. Lift hips higher till thighs are parallel to the floor. Lift chest to open it up, touching the chin to the sternum. Hold for 30 seconds.

3. Ustrasana (Camel Pose) 

  1. Kneel on the floor with knees hip width apart and thighs perpendicular. Anchor knees and tops of feet into the ground.
  2. Place palms on the buttocks, fingers pointing down. Keeping thighs straight, push tail bone forwards
  3. Lean backwards, opening up the chest and pushing shoulder blades back. Move hands down towards the heels, keeping thighs straight.
  4. Get deeper into the pose by slowly opening up the ribs and lifting the pelvis up. Drop head back if it can be comfortably done. Hold for 30 seconds and rest in Child’s pose.

4. Trikonasana (Triangle Pose)

  1. From mountain pose, step one foot out, within a gap of 3-4 feet.
  2. Raise arms to the side, keeping them straight and parallel to the floor.
  3. Turn right foot out to 90 degrees, making the left foot turn a little to the right. Turn the entire right leg outwards, aligning both right knee with ankle.
  4. Bending from the hip, extend your upper body to the right, pressing left leg firmly into the floor.
  5. Deepen the bend, bringing the left hip a little forward and extending right arm to the right ankle or shin, as comfortable.
  6. Reach out left hand into the air, arm straight and in line with shoulders. Turn head to look at the left thumb. Hold position for 30 seconds.

5. Vriksasana (Tree Pose)

  1. From mountain pose, shift your weight to your left foot, lifting your right foot off the floor.
  2. With your hand, grasp the right ankle and place the sole against the inner part of the left thigh, as high up as it’ll comfortably go.
  3. Make hips level and parallel to the floor. Release hands into a prayer position in front of you.
  4. Lengthen your spine and raise arms upward, hands joined and weight balanced. Hold the position for 30 seconds.

 Since the Kapha dosha has a tendency towards weight gain, people with a dominant Kapha need to vigorously exercise every day, even for just a little while. They are most at ease in warm, dry climates without too much rain, cold or humidity. With a consistent and energizing yoga practice and a diet free of salt and sugar, the Kapha dosha can be brought back into balance, restoring good digestion, vigor and stability.


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