Health Tips For Pitta Constitution

General Health Tips

It's important for Pittas to keep cool by avoiding overexposure to direct sunlight and fried and spicy foods. Avoid alcohol and tobacco, overworking, and overheating. When aggravated, susceptible to feeling negative emotions like hostility, hatred, intolerance, and jealousy. Choose fresh vegetables and fruits that are watery and sweet, especially cherries, mangoes, cucumbers, water melon, and avocado. Have lots of salads with dark greens such as arugula, dandelions, and kale. Avoid conflicts. Cultivate the virtues of honesty, morality, kindness, generosity, and self-control.
 

Exercise

Pitta recommended classes at The Conscious Club

Benefit from cultivating a calm, relaxed attitude toward their practice and letting go of their competitive tendency.

Avoid : Heat, yoga forms that cause profuse sweating. You may want to schedule your yoga sessions during cooler times of the day, such as dawn or dusk.

Monday
09:30     Yin/Yang Yoga
18:30      Traditional Hatha Yoga
20:00     Meditation
20:00     Yin Yoga 

Tuesday
07:00     Morning Flow
09:30     Lu Jong Tibetan Healing Yoga
19:00     Tai Chi/Qigong
20:15     Yin Yoga

Wednesday
09:30    Hatha Yoga
19:45     Yoga Dance

Thursday
07:30     Morning Flow                  
09:30     Yin/Yang 

Friday
07:00     Morning Flow

Saturday
09:00   Hatha Flow

Sunday
09:00    Vinyasa
10:30     Slow Flow
19:30     Yin Restorative

Events
The Zen Special: Yin Yoga & Yoga Nidra
Meditation & Music
Yoga Dance Series
Beginners Class Series
Sound Journey
Deep Restorative Sessions
Kirtan: The Sound of Yoga
Yin & Chakra Journey
Ayurvedic Lifestyle Class
Sacred Cacao Ceremony
Hip Opener Series

Food

Pitta is oily, sharp, hot, light, spreading, and liquid. Foods that neutralize these qualities are foods that are dry, mild, cooling, grounding, stabilizing and dense. When we take a closer look at the qualities of various foods, we will have an improved understanding of these qualities so they can guide you in making specific dietary choices that will better support Pitta:

  • Favour cool over warm
  • Favour dry and dense over oily or liquid
  • Favour mild over sharp

Tastes to Favour and Avoid

  • Emphasize: sweet, bitter and astringent (flavour of dryness)
  • Minimize: pungent (spicy, hot), sour and salty


How to Eat

When it comes to reducing Pita, how we eat may be just as important as what we eat.

Pitta’s strong and sharp appetite has a general intolerance for skipping meals. A regular eating schedule of at least tree meals a day is recommended. Eating at the same time each day will also help balance pitta’s overactive digestive fire.

For Pitta it’s important to eat in peaceful environment. An environment where we can offer our full attention to the food we’re eating. This will help prevent overeating, which is common with pitta’s strong appetite.
 

What to eat

Ayurvedic food combining

Careful food combining can improve the quality of digestion, support the body in receiving a deeper level of nourishment, and positively impact our overall health. The Ayurvedic perspective is that each food has a distinct combination of tastes and energies – and a corresponding affect on both the digestive system and on the body as a whole. Combining foods with radically different energetics can overwhelm the digestive fire and can cause indigestion, fermentation, gas, bloating, and the creation of toxin

Notice which foods you combine that may be difficult to digest together, and how often you indulge in them. Become aware of how you feel afterwards. Do these choices affect your energy level, your digestion, your elimination, the coating on your tongue? Are particular combinations more noticeably influential than others? These are all important pieces of information.
 

When to eat

Breakfast is a very important meal when Pitta is elevated. Good choices are sweet, high in carbohydrates but also offer sustained energy.

Lunch is the main meal of the day, meaning it’s the largest and the most nourishing of the three. A wide variety of Pitta appropriate grains, beans, and vegetables are great building blocks for lunch.

Dinner is ideally smaller and lighter than lunch. But needs to be adequate to sustain pitta’s active metabolism.

Pitta Constitution

Pitta Constitution

Pitta Dosha - Pitta is the transformational force that causes things to change from one condition to another, like food becoming tissue through the digestive fire. It's the energy that controls the body's metabolic systems, including absorption, nutrition, digestion and your body's temperature. Pitta brings about a change of level or manifestation. It causes things to move up or down and brings in the new. We deal with Pitta second to make sure that we are digesting our life-experience properly.

  • Dosha In balance: Leads to contentment and intelligence.
  • Dosha Out of balance: Can cause ulcers and anger.


Characteristics of Pitta mind/body type: 

  • Medium physique, strong, well-built
  • Sharp mind, good concentration powers
  • Orderly, focused
  • Assertive, self-confident, and entrepreneurial at their best
  • Aggressive, demanding, pushy when out of balance
  • Competitive, enjoy challenges
  • Passionate and romantic
  • Strong digestion, strong appetite, get irritated if they have to miss or wait for a meal
  • When under stress, Pittas become irritated and angry
  • Skin fair or reddish, often with freckles
  • Sunburns easily
  • Uncomfortable in sun or hot weather, heat makes them very tired
  • Perspire a lot
  • Good public speakers
  • Generally good management and leadership ability, but can become authoritarian
  • Subject to temper tantrums, impatience, and anger
  • Typical physical problems include rashes or inflammations of the skin, acne, boils, skin cancer, ulcers, heartburn, acid stomach, insomnia, dry or burning eyes.


Dosha Out of Balance:

  • Angry, Irritable
  • Hostile, Enraged, Destructive
  • Impatient
  • Critical of self and others
  • Argumentative, Aggressive
  • Bossy, controlling
  • Frustrated, Willful, Reckless
  • Acidity, heartburn, Stomach ulcer
  • Fitful sleep, Disturbing dreams
  • Diarrhea, Food allergies
  • Bad breath, Sour body odor
  • Very sensitive to heat, Hot flashes
  • Skin rashes
  • Boils
  • Bloodshot eyes
  • Acne
  • Weakness due to low blood sugar
  • Fevers, Night sweats

Health Tips For Kapha Constitution

General Health Tips


It's important to be active on a daily basis as Kapha types are prone to sluggishness, depression, and being overweight. Getting out of the house and actively seeking new experiences is also recommended. Be receptive to useful change, be intentional in implementing life-enhancing actions. Choose foods that are light, warm, and spicy. Tea with dried ginger and lemon is a great pick-me-up for Kaphas. Avoid heavy oily and processed sugars, which are detrimental to Kaphas. Use lots of spices such as black pepper, ginger, cumin, chili and lots of bitter dark greens.

Exercise

 

Kapha recommended classes at The Conscious Club

Most of the standing poses are invigorating, especially if you hold them for a longer time. A stimulating, energizing yoga practice is ideal.

Monday
18:30      Traditional Hatha Yoga
20:00     Meditation Monday

Tuesday
07:00     Morning Flow
08.30     Lu Jong Tibetan Yoga

Wednesday
07:00     Ashtanga
09:30     Hatha
18:30      MuayThai/KickBoxing
19:45      Yoga Dance

Thursday
07:30     Morning Flow
9:30       Muay Thai/KickBoxing
18:30      Strong Vinyasa Flow   

Friday
07:00     Morning Flow
09:30     Power Yoga

Saturday
09:00    Hatha Flow
10:30     Ashtanga

Sunday
09:00    Vinyasa
10:30     Slow Flow

Events:
Yoga Dance Series
Master Class Series
Beginners Class Series
Kickboxing Clinic I & II
Sound Journey
Kirtan: The Sound of Yoga
Ayurvedic Lifestyle Class
Sacred Cacao Ceremony
Yoga & Kickboxing
Hip Opener Series
Meditation & Music

Food  

Kapha is heavy, cool, oily, and smooth, so eating foods that neutralize these qualities – foods that are light, warm, dry, and rough – can help to balance excess Kapha. When we take a closer look at the qualities of various foods, we will have an improved understanding of these qualities so they can guide you in making specific dietary choices that will better support Kapha:

  • Favour light and airy over dense and heavy
  • Favour warm over cool or cold
  • Favour dry over moist and oily
  • Favour rough over smooth

Tastes to Favour and Avoid

  • Emphasize: pungent (spicy, hot), bitter and astringent (flavour of dryness)
  • Minimize: sweet, sour and salty

 

How to eat

When it comes to pacifying Kapha, how we eat can have a profound impact on our degree of success. Kapha does well to stick to three square meals per day, and sometimes just two meals are sufficient. It’s also best to eat your meals at consistent times from one day to the next. You can further kindle a sluggish digestive fire about 30 minutes before lunch and dinner by chewing a slice of fresh ginger (about the size of a nickel) with a pinch of sea salt, a few drops of lime juice.  This helps to prepare the digestive system to receive food and to process it effectively. During meals, it is very important to eat in a peaceful environment and to give your full attention to the act of being nourished so that your body registers satisfaction. This will help reduce overeating and emotional eating, which often plague Kapha. Fast foods, sweets and excessive amounts of bread and other comfort foods can be especially Kapha provoking.
 

What to eat

Ayurvedic food combining

Careful food combining can improve the quality of digestion, support the body in receiving a deeper level of nourishment, and positively impact our overall health. The Ayurvedic perspective is that each food has a distinct combination of tastes and energies – and a corresponding affect on both the digestive system and on the body as a whole. Combining foods with radically different energetics can overwhelm the digestive fire and can cause indigestion, fermentation, gas, bloating, and the creation of toxin

Notice which foods you combine that may be difficult to digest together, and how often you indulge in them. Become aware of how you feel afterwards. Do these choices affect your energy level, your digestion, your elimination, the coating on your tongue? Are particular combinations more noticeably influential than others? These are all important pieces of information.
 

When to eat

Breakfast is often somewhat optional when kapha is elevated. Kapha benefits tremendously from the unforced, overnight fast between dinner and breakfast. If the appetite has not returned upon waking, it’s likely that a light breakfast of fresh fruit or tea will suffice.  

Lunch is the main meal of the day, meaning it’s the largest and the most nourishing. Build your lunches around consuming lots of steamed and sautéed vegetables, and compliment them with beans, appropriate grains, non-yeasted breads.

Dinner is ideally significantly smaller and lighter than lunch. Soups and stews are often a wonderful choice because they are warm and nourishing, even when light. A smaller serving of lunch can often work, too. For some, especially when weight loss is indicated, it’s best to forego dinner altogether in favour of a healthy breakfast and lunch, or to eat a more substantial breakfast and make dinner the ultra-light meal of the day.

Kapha Constitution

Kapha Constitution

Kapha Dosha - Kapha is the sustaining force that upholds previous conditions, whether of health or disease. It's the energy that controls growth in the body. It supplies water to all body parts, moisturizes the skin, and maintains the immune system.

Kapha holds back and preserves both inhibiting the horizontal movement of Vata and the vertical movement of Pitta. It also provides the fuel that the other two doshas rely upon to produce their energy, which serves to stabilize them. We deal with Kapha third in order to guard our base.

  • Dosha In balance: Expressed as love and forgiveness.
  • Dosha Out of balance: Can lead to insecurity and envy.
     

 

Characteristics of Kapha mind/body type: 

  • Easygoing, relaxed, slow-paced
  • Affectionate and loving
  • Forgiving, compassionate, nonjudgmental nature
  • Stable and reliable
  • Faithful
  • Physically strong and with a sturdy, heavier build
  • Have the most energy of all constitutions, but it is steady and enduring
  • Slow speech, reflecting a deliberate thought process
  • Slower to learn, but outstanding long-term memory
  • Soft hair and skin; tendency to have large "soft" eyes and a low, soft voice
  • Tend toward being overweight
  • May also suffer from sluggish digestion
  • Prone to depression
  • More self-sufficient
  • Gentle, and essentially undemanding approach to life
  • Excellent health, good immune system
  • Very calm
  • Strive to maintain harmony and peace in their surroundings
  • Not easily upset and can be a point of stability for others
  • Tend to be possessive and hold on to things.
  • Don't like cold, damp weather
  • Physical problems include colds and congestion, sinus headaches, respiratory problems including asthma, allergies, and atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries).


Dosha Out of Balance:

  • Sluggish thinking, Dull thinking
  • Groggy all day
  • Apathetic, no desire
  • Depressed, Sad, Sentimental
  • Slow to comprehend, Slow to react
  • Procrastinating, Lethargy
  • Clingy, hanging on to people and ideas
  • Greedy, Possessive, Materialistic
  • Sleeping too much
  • Very tired in the morning, hard to get out of bed
  • Drowsy or groggy during the day
  • Weight gain, obesity
  • Mucus and congestion in the chest or throat
  • Mucus and congestion in the nose or sinuses
  • Nausea
  • Diabetes
  • Hay fever
  • Pale, cool, clammy skin
  • Edema, water retention, Bloated feeling
  • Sluggish digestion, food "just sits" in the stomach
  • High cholesterol
  • Aching joints or heavy limbs

Health Tips For Vata Constitution

General Health Tips


Maintain regular habits, try to eat and sleep at the same time every night. Get enough rest and choose foods that are warm, cooked, nourishing, and easy to digest. Sweet berries, fruits, small beans, rice, and all nuts and dairy products are good choices for Vata types. Exercise intensity should be moderate. A more meditative yoga, Tai chi, walking, and swimming are all good. Avoid strenuous and frantic activities.

 

Exercise

 

Vata recommended classes at The Conscious Club
Calming and grounding yoga poses are ideal (root your feet into the ground, reducing anxiety and stress).

Avoid : Fast-paced Vinyasas or flow sequences can aggravate Vata, which is prone to anxiety, overexertion, and fatigue.

Monday
09:30     Yin/Yang Yoga
18:30      Traditional Hatha Yoga
20:00     Meditation Monday
20:00 Yin Yoga

Tuesday
09:30     Lu Jong Tibetan Healing Yoga
19:00     Tai Chi/Qigong
20:15     Yin Yoga  

Wednesday
09:30     Hatha Yoga
19:45      Yoga Dance

Thursday
07:00     Morning Flow
09:30     Yin/Yang

Friday
07:00     Morning Flow

Saturday
09:00    Hatha Flow

Sunday
10:30     Slow Flow
19:30     Yin Restorative

Events:
The Zen Special: Yin Yoga & Yoga Nidra
Yin & Chakra Journey
Deep Restorative Sessions
Sound Journey
Kirtan: The Sound of Yoga
Ayurvedic Lifestyle Class
Meditation & Music
Sacred Cacao Ceremony
Hip Opener Series
Beginners Class Series
Master Class Series

 

Food

Vata is cool, dry, rough and light. Foods that neutralize these qualities are foods that are warm, moist, oily, smooth, and nourishing and can help to balance excess Vata. This section offers a closer look at the qualities of various foods. An improved understanding of these qualities can guide you in making specific dietary choices that will better support Vata:

  • Favour warm over cold
  • Favour moist and oily over dry
  • Favour grounding, nourishing and stabilising over light.
  • Favour smooth over rough (raw)

Tastes to Favour and Avoid 

  • Emphasize: sweet, sour and salty
  • Minimize: pungent (spicy, hot), bitter and astringent (flavour of dryness)

     

How to Eat
When it comes to reducing Vata, how we eat may be just as important as what we eat. Vata is deeply soothed when we choose to eat in peaceful environment. An environment where we can offer our full attention to the food we’re eating. Routine itself balances Vata, so the practice of eating three square meals per day (at about the same time each day) further reduces Vata and helps to strengthen delicate digestion.
 

What to eat

Ayurvedic food combining

Careful food combining can improve the quality of digestion, support the body in receiving a deeper level of nourishment, and positively impact our overall health. The Ayurvedic perspective is that each food has a distinct combination of tastes and energies – and a corresponding affect on both the digestive system and on the body as a whole. Combining foods with radically different energetics can overwhelm the digestive fire and can cause indigestion, fermentation, gas, bloating, and the creation of toxin

Notice which foods you combine that may be difficult to digest together, and how often you indulge in them. Become aware of how you feel afterwards. Do these choices affect your energy level, your digestion, your elimination, the coating on your tongue? Are particular combinations more noticeably influential than others? These are all important pieces of information.
 

When to Eat

Breakfast is a very important meal when Vata is elevated. After an overnight fast, Vata needs real nourishment and a hearty breakfast is generally very stabilizing.

Lunch is the main meal of the day, meaning it’s the largest and the most nourishing of the three. Hearty grains, steamed and sautéed vegetables, appropriate breads, soups and stews are excellent foods for lunch. This is also the best time to enjoy a small salad, if you must have one.

Dinner is ideally smaller and lighter than lunch. But to soothe Vata, it needs to offer adequate nourishment. Soups, stews, or a smaller serving are good choices.

Vata Constitution

Vata Constitution

Vata Dosha - Vata, which relates to Prana or life-energy as a whole, is the moving force that keeps everything in the body circulating and working. It's the energy that controls bodily functions associated with motion, including blood circulation, breathing, blinking, and your heartbeat. Vata moves forward in a propulsive motion, making us active and on the go. We must deal with Vata first and make sure that our lives are moving in the right direction. 

  • Dosha In balance: There is creativity and vitality.
  • Dosha Out of balance: Can produce fear and anxiety.
     

 

Characteristics of Vata mind/body type: 

  • Creative
  • Quick to learn and grasp new knowledge, but also quick to forget
  • Slender
  • Tall and a fast-walker
  • Tendency toward cold hands and feet, discomfort in cold climates
  • Excitable, lively, fun personality
  • Changeable moods
  • Irregular daily routine
  • High energy in short bursts
  • Tendency to tire easily and to overexert
  • Full of joy and enthusiasm when in balance
  • Responds to stress with fear, worry, and anxiety, especially when out of balance
  • Tendency to act on impulse
  • Often have racing, disjointed thoughts
  • Generally have dry skin and dry hair and don't perspire much

 

Dosha Out of Balance:

  • Worried
  • Tired, yet can't relax, Fatigue, poor stamina
  • Nervous, Can't concentrate
  • Anxious, fearful
  • Agitated mind
  • Impatient, Antsy or hyperactive
  • Spaced out
  • Self-defeating
  • Shy, insecure, Restless
  • Cannot make decisions
  • Weight loss, under weight
  • Insomnia; wake up at night and can't go back to sleep
  • Generalized aches, sharp pains, Arthritis, stiff and painful joints
  • Agitated movement
  • Very sensitive to cold
  • Nail biting
  • Rough, flaky skin, Chapped lips
  • Fainting spells
  • Heart palpitations
  • Constipation, Intestinal bloating, gas, Belching, hiccups
  • Dry, sore throat, Dry eyes