Note: The information provided herein is of general nature, and should not be construed as professional medical advice.

  What is my Body Type? 
Kapha Constitution  

By: Dr.Mary Jo Cravatta

People of Kapha constitution have well-developed bodies. There is, however, a strong tendency for these individuals to carry excess weight. Their chests are expanded and broad. The veins and tendons of Kapha people are not obvious because of their thick skin and their muscle development is good. The bones are not prominent.

Their complexions are fair and bright. The skin is soft, lustous and oily; it is also cold and pale. The hair is thick, dark, soft and wavy. The eyes are dense and black or blue; the white of the eyes is generally very white, large and attractive. The conjunctive does not tend to redness.

Physiologically, Kapha people have regular appetites, the digestion functions relatively slowly and there is less intake of food. They tend to move slowly. They crave pungent, bitter and astringent foods. Stools are soft and may be pale in colour; evacuation is slow. Their perspiration is moderate. Sleep is sound and prolonged. Their is a strong vital capacity evidenced by good stamina, and Kapha people are generally healthy, happy and peaceful.

Psychologically, they tend to be tolerant, calm, forgiving and loving, however, they also exhibit traits of greed, attachment, envy and possessiveness. Their comprehension is slow but definite; once they understand something, that knowledge is retained. Kapha people tend to be wealthy. They earn money and are good at holding on to it.



  • Your natural tendency is to do things in a slow and relaxed fashion.
  • You gain weight more easily than most people and lose it more slowly.
  • You have a placid and calm disposition - you are not easily ruffled.
  • You can skip meals easily without any significant discomfort.
  • You have a tendency towards excess mucus, phlegm, chronic congestion, asthma, or sinus
  • problems.
  • You must have at least 8 hours of sleep in order to be comfortable the next day.
  • You sleep very deeply.
  • You are very calm by nature and not easily angered.
  • You don't learn as quickly as some people, but you have excellent retention and a long
  • memory.
  • You have a tendency towards becoming plump.
  • Weather that is cool and damp bothers you.
  • Your hair is thick, dark and wavy.
  • You have smooth, soft skin.
  • You have a large, solid body build.
  • The following words describe you well: serene, sweet-natured, affectionate and forgiving.
  • You have a slow digestion, which makes you feel heavy after eating.
  • You have a very good stamina, physical endurance and a steady level of energy.
  • You generally walk with a slow measured gait.
  • You have a tendency towards oversleeping, grogginess upon awakening, and are generally
  • slow to get going in the morning.
  • You are a slow eater and are slow and methodical in your actions.