What is Ayurvedic Dosha?
The central component of Ayurveda and the foundation of what makes it such a personalized passageway to health are the Doshas. In Ayurveda, the five elements found in all living things, ether, air, water, fire, and earth, come together to make up the three Doshas. Even though every individual is affected by all three Doshas, they show up differently in our lives in various ways. The three types of Doshas in Ayurveda are Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. We all have a unique Dosha type and combination of these three Doshas that serve as a design for our health and informs us on everything from how we process food, which is information, to the digestion system and its impact on our emotions.
Pitta comprises the nature of the fire and water element, but the former is more pronounced. Thus, Pitta controls all metabolic processes in the body and body temperature, and our hormonal balance. Hunger, thirst, and even intelligence are related to Pitta.
वायु पिततं कफशचेति त्रयो दोषा: समास्त:॥
विकृता विकृतादेहं घ्नन्ति ते वर्त्तयन्ति चा।
English translation and meaning:
Vata, Pitta, and Kapha are the three kinds of Doshas of the body. A perfect balance of three Doshas leads to health. Imbalance in Tridosha leads to diseases.
Please note I suggest you use meat and dairy substitutes. I personally follow a high alkaline/vegan diet, but in order to include everyone, I have included advice for meat and dairy eaters.
A majorly vegetarian diet can soothe the person high in Pitta; bitter vegetables are preferable. The diet should not be too spicy, salty, or sour (relatively cool in summer and hot in winter). Alcohol-free drinks (a beer from time to time) and the frequent use of stimulants like coffee and tea are experts’ recommendations.
For Pitta person, you can eat everything except chilies, lentils, eggs, dry fruits. Preferably eat bitter and sweet vegetables. Sweet fruits like apples, melons, avocados, figs, pears, plums, etc. can be consumed. Vegetables like asparagus, cabbage, cucumber, cauliflower, celery, green beans, lettuce, peas, parsley, potatoes, and zucchini bode well with Pitta Dosha. Eat foods that are nourishing, refreshing, and not overheating. Favor sweet, bitter, and astringent tastes. Avoid stimulants and acidic foods.
Pittas should consume less butter and add fat, and they should avoid pickles and cheese. Vinegar should be substituted with and use lemon juice instead. Alcoholic and fermented foods should be avoided. Caffeine must be avoided. Avoid oily, hot, salty, and heavy foods such as anything fried. Pittas should also skip egg yolks, nuts, hot spices, honey, and hot drinks.
कलार्थकर्मणां योगो हिनमिथ्यातिमात्रक:।
सम्यग्योगश्च विज्ञेयो रोगरोग्यैक कारणम् ॥
Less, more or wrong unison of time, senses and functions is the reason for disease and the correct unison of these three factors is the reason for health.
Less, more or wrong unison of time, senses, and functions is the reason for disease, and the correct unison of these three factors is the reason for health. And we should keep Pitta in control through various health tips. For people with a very high level of Pitta, it is essential to avoid extremes. Exercise is excellent for the Pitta type to blow off steam, but the most effective activities are moderate jogging, dancing, or cycling. Mild exertion because we don’t want the body to overheat due to high exercise levels.
Otherwise, it helps to stay away from heat sources and instead look for a relaxed, well-ventilated environment. The person with high levels of Pitta needs to express feelings calmly. Osho Meditation and Deep massages with Bai 86 or Bai 386 oil (e.g., Rolfing, rebalancing, shiatsu) are all excellent. Keep the body relaxed as much as possible—prevent over-heating. Incorporate regular moderate, non-competitive exercise.
Include meditation, walks in nature, or time for self-reflection and self-care into your daily routine as much as possible. Peace—that’s what you need when the hot, sharp qualities of Pitta rise in the mind and body due to life stresses or excess heat. When excess Pitta showcases mental irritation, impatience, frustration, or anger, try meditation with cooling, spacious qualities. Reflection on the breath redirects Pitta’s primary focus to rest on the subtle anchor of the breath. Leave the planning, organizing, and list-making activities that frequently consume Pitta’s attention, and make time for deep quiet to reset the mind to its tranquil state.
Yoga And How It Regulates Pitta Dosha
With the least adjustments to your yoga practice, you can harmonize Pitta’s qualities and leave the body and mind feeling spacious, calm, cool, and relaxed. Sheetali, the Cooling Breath, is suitable for releasing excess heat—beneficial during the Pitta time of day, between 10:00 am, and 2:00 pm when the sun is highest in the sky and the heat is generally at its maximum. Just a few minutes of this rejuvenating pranayama can positively support doshic harmony.
Pitta Dosha’s qualities are passion, enthusiasm, and courage; on the flip side, anger, competitiveness, and inflammation are signs of imbalance. Thus, Jurian suggests practicing cooling, relaxing postures to release heat and tension, such as forward bends, as well as heart-openers, such as Bow and Camel, to encourage compassion, patience, and the ability to slow down.
1. Child’s Position
The child’s pose is calming and cooling posture. It’s the aptest place to start to let go of tension and stress gradually. Let go of your breath to flow naturally. There’s no requirement to control it here as you ease into the beginning of your practice. Rest in child’s pose for many rounds of inhalation and exhalation before being on to your hands and knees for cat/cow.
2. Cat-Cow Position
Make sure to synchronize your breathing with the movement—practice inhalation as you arch and exhalation when you are in a round position in the cat-cow pose. As you do cat-cow, imagine the fires in your belly spreading out to the rest of your body. Experts say that when Pitta is in imbalance, fire accumulates in the stomach. These postures assist in spreading the fiery energies and balance them throughout the body. As Yoga is all about movement with attention and intention, it’s always an excellent idea to use a bit of such visual imagery during a cat-cow position.
3. Bridge Posture
In this position, you need to bring the head below the heart is cooling in nature, and the bridge pose is the best one to start your yoga routine. There’s a rational reason we tend to do bridge pose towards the ending of practice before savasana. It’s a cooling down posture—apt for bringing heated Pitta back into balanced proportions. Just as you imagined the cat/cow’s visual imagery, feel that belly fire spreading to the pelvis, hips, legs, and feet. Breathe in bridge posture for a few rounds of breath, and do it again thrice.
4. Shoulder Stand
Not only does shoulder stand have the cooling effect that all other inversions do, but it also soothes the agitated mind, which is so often the case when Pitta is at high levels. When you are in a position of shoulder stand, permit the mind to melt into the ground. Imagine all the thoughts that are going out from the head and into the earth. Allow and breathe here for as long as it feels comfortable to you.
5. Legs-up-the-wall Position
If you feel that shoulder stand is not safe for your body, try doing a legs-up-the-wall pose instead. If you are not free enough to do all the postures on this list, this is the one pose you could do if you have five to ten minutes to practice. It is beneficial for the relaxation of the body and mind. It doesn’t require much effort because the wall typically supports your legs. As you calm and ease into this pose, intend to flex all parts of your body and mind. The intention is everything, and if you have the purpose of something during a pose, it will be more useful to your body with even greater efficacy than just doing a pose without intention.
6. Butterfly Pose
To complete the sequence, we’ll end with a forward fold, cooling in nature. The butterfly pose is perfect for the overly competitive Pitta because it’s gentle and calming.
How To Understand People With Pitta Dosha?
पित्तम् सस्नेह तिक्ष्नोष्णं लघु विस्रंसरं द्रवम्:।
Sasneha- slightly oily, unctuous,
Teekshna- piercing, entering into deep tissues,
Visram- bad smell,
Sara- having fluidity, movement,
Drava- liquidity is the qualities of Pitta.
It means that Pitta’s qualities are hotness, lightness, fluidity, slight oiliness, unctuousness, and piercing into deep tissues. You will see all these qualities in people with Pitta Dosha. And keeping these qualities in mind, you can understand how these people will be. This knowledge can help decision-making for marital compatibility or for counseling a person with a Pitta Dosha.
Pitta types can be well-structured, manage projects, and concentrate exceptionally well. They desire to do something and are practically predisposed. They are a pleasure as teachers because their lessons have a rational organization, and everyone can follow their clear manner of expression. The Pitta type spends money more systematically and prudently.
The person high in Pitta levels likes strong massages with cooling oils (e.g., with rose and sandalwood), relishing nature, and a bright and well-ventilated office. An open-plan office would make life more difficult for him/her and colleagues sharing the same space.
Pitta types love to exercise outdoors and enjoy measuring their skills with others to prove their fighting spirit. They prefer light, loose-fitting clothing formed of natural materials in both summer and winter. They are known by their specific strengths and weaknesses such as: