These body types will exhibit the qualities of both Pitta and Kapha, or Fire and Earth & Water qualities.
Pitta–Kapha types are composed of roughly equal amounts of both Pitta and Kapha doshas. Pitta dosha is comprised of the elements fire + water and tends to be hot, sharp, mobile, and penetrating. Kapha dosha is made up of water + earth and tends to be cool, moist, stable, and heavy.
Some of these qualities oppose each other. How do these two set of attributes combine in one person? The influence of Kapha brings a cooling to Pitta’s heat and intensity and takes the edge off of Pitta’s sharp intensity. Pitta warms up Kapha and motivates Kapha to get moving. This seems like a win–win, no? In fact, it is.
Pitta–Kapha types often have Pitta physical characteristics with Kapha mental attributes. This means that Pitta–Kaphas have great physical stamina and health along with a high capacity for exercise and athletic pursuits. In addition, they have great memories and a strong capability for learning new information. Pitta–Kaphas tend towards balanced emotions and excellent physical health. The Kapha dosha lends stability while Pitta dosha gives adaptability. This is a dynamic combination, and the analogy of an elephant is probably apt here.
On the down side, Pitta–Kapha types are prone to respiratory infections, skin infections, and premature graying. They can also be arrogant, overconfident, and a bit on the smug side. They have the ability to move mountains, often do so, and are proud of their accomplishments—maybe a little too proud. Pitta–Kaphas can also be a bit removed from the reality of those around them.
For balance Pitta–Kaphas benefit from active exercises such as yoga, walking, gymnastics, aerobics, bike riding, and running during the early part of the day as well as by incorporating some of the attributes of Vata, which are minimized in their constitutions (ie: dryness and variability). The common water element between Pittas and Kaphas means that there is an excess of wateriness or oiliness. This shows up in excess watery tissues of the body (phlegm, mucus) and in a tendency to oily skin and hair. Thus, Pitta–Kaphas do well by eating foods that are astringent/drying. Likewise, Kapha’s tendency towards stability (= immobility) means that Pitta–Kaphas can get stuck in a rut. Doing something spontaneous will keep things interesting for Pitta dosha and will help to balance Kapha dosha.
Further, Pitta–Kaphas do well by pacifying Pitta dosha in the summertime and by reducing Kapha dosha in the late winter / early spring.