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
- 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
- Bloodshot eyes
- Weakness due to low blood sugar
- Fevers, Night sweats
GENERAL HEALTH TIPS FOR PITTA TYPES
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.
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.
09:30 Yin Yoga
17:45 Free Guided Meditation
18:30 Traditional Hatha Yoga
07:00 Morning Flow
09:30 Lu Jong Tibetan Healing Yoga
20:15 Yin Yoga
19:15 Free Guided Meditation
07:30 Morning Hatha
07:00 Morning Flow
09:00 Yoga Dance
12:00 Free Yoga (every two weeks)
10:30 Slow Flow
19:30 Yin Restorative
The Zen Special: Yin Yoga & Yoga Nidra (Once A Month)
Sound Journey (Once A Month)
Mantra Journey (Once A Month)
Ayurvedic Life Style (Once A Month)
Project Earth (Once A Month)
Cacao & Fire Ceremony (Once A Month)
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.