PITTa (FIRE & eARTH)
Pitta is a combination of the Fire and Earth elements. Pitta governs change and intense energy. Your personality type is one of "The Warrior", with overall qualities of hot, focused and all-consuming.
Pitta is responsible for the “heat” and metabolism of the body. It is Pitta that transforms your food to energy and also gives you the power for radical change. Pitta can also manifest as quick bursts of anger, frustration, or becoming overly critical, when imbalanced. When it is well-behaved, its specialty is maintaining a sharp, unyielding focus, like an arrow to a target.
A healthy person with a Pitta-predominant constitution is passionate, determined, and intellectually sharp. They are the "movers and shakers" of society with intensity in their presence, a strong frame, and driven with an analytical mind. A balanced Pitta quickly recognizes the truth in situations and maintains the flexibility to change to match life’s rhythms.
The qualities of Pitta are hot, sour, pungent, sharp and acidic. Pitta people have strong digestion. Their build is athletic. When Pittas are in balance, they are intelligent, cerebral and sharp. When out of balance, they are hot and easily angered. Pittas tend toward rashes.
PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS OF pitTA:
Pittas are usually of medium size and weight. They sometimes have bright red hair, but early graying, baldness or thinning hair is also common in a Pitta. They have excellent digestion, which sometimes leads them to believe they can eat anything. They have a warm body temperature, sleep soundly for short periods of time and have a strong sex drive.. When in balance, Pittas have a lustrous complexion, perfect digestion, abundant energy, and a strong appetite. When out of balance, Pittas may suffer from skin rashes, burning sensations, peptic ulcers, excessive body heat, heartburn, and indigestion.
EMOTIONAL CHARACTERISTICS OF pitTA:
Pittas have a powerful intellect and a strong ability to concentrate. When they’re in balance, they are good decision makers, teachers, managers, and speakers. They are precise, sharp-witted, direct, and often outspoken. Out-of-balance Pittas can be short-tempered, easily irritated and argumentative.
When Pittas are over-stressed, their typical response is “What did you do wrong?”
when PITta dosha is imbalanced :
The early signs can be seen in the form of bodily inflammation in the joints or issues with the skin in the form of acne, eczema, or red spots. Heartburn, acid reflux and ulcers are also a physical sign of excessive Pitta. Emotionally, you may feel stressed, intense, overly critical, impatient, and have perfectionist or controlling qualities.
when PITta dosha is balanced :
When balanced, Pitta promotes understanding and intelligence.
how to balance pitta dosha :
Ayurvedic texts recommend the principle of opposites for reducing the level of a dosha that has become aggravated. Since the characteristics of Pitta include lightness, heat, sourness, sharpness, slight unctuousness and mobility, qualities that are opposite to these in diet and lifestyle help restore balance to Pitta dosha.
Slow down and focus on the subtleties of life. Smell a flower in bloom or take a moment to inhale a drop of a sweet aromatherapy oil.
Enjoy each step of the way and don’t take on too much at one time (even if you think you can handle it). Cultivate trust that life will unfold in perfect timing.
Seek more moonlight, less sun. Stay out of the midday sun (or wear a hat if you can’t avoid it). Take a few moments in the evening to enjoy the moonlight and its cool lunar energies.
Go within. Over time, a daily meditation practice will improve how you digest life by giving you time to meet your true self and see your experiences for what they are. Even five minutes a day makes a significant difference.
Find time for playfulness. Create space for downtime. Find lighthearted and enjoyable activities where you can focus more on being than solving problems. Art or music without any end goal are great options."
Manage stress in positive ways. Many Pitta-dominant people are attracted to high-powered jobs, but ongoing daily stress sends Pitta over the edge. Find a livelihood that allows you to exercise your mental strength without causing unnecessary stress.
The Pranayama breathing practices of Sitali breath and Sitkari breath have been used for ages to balance pitta.
EAT TO BALANCE pitta