Pitta Qualities

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The Regulator

  • Elements: Fire/Water

  • Translation: What cooks

  • Known as: The Processor

  • Qualities: Hot, sharp, light, moist, slightly oily, intellectual, confident, impatient, joyous, jealous, outspoken, combative, ambitious, and brave.

  • Features: Generally, pitta people have a medium frame and are of medium height with well defined muscles. They have sharper features, medium eyes, and are prone to early greying and receding hairline/baldness

  • Personality: Pitta's love to be right, so they can to be stubborn, opinionated, and argumentative. The sharp and light qualities of pitta people, also make them intelligent, witty, and easily irritated or angered.  

  • When imbalanced, psychologically prone to: Antisocial and overly critical, self-centered, aggressive, impatient, competitive, and easily agitated.

  • When imbalanced, physically prone to: Rashes, inflammation, boils, skin cancer, heartburn, ulcers, anemia, jaundice, and hair loss.

  • Digestion and metabolism: Due to the consistent fire burning within pitta, they need to eat more than the other two doshas, as their fire continues easily burns through the fuel or food - fast acting metabolism. They usually can not tolerate hunger. Their digestion is also just as quick, and they are more prone to diarrhea. 

  • An out of balance Pitta feels: Reckless, angry, irritable, aggressive, argumentative, jealous, and sarcastic. 

  • A balanced Pitta feels: Passionate, driven, inspired, creative, focused, perceptive, confident, and intelligent.

  • Times of day Pitta is high: Between 10am-2pm and 10pm-2am. 

  • Seasons/weather Pitta is high: Summer or when hot and dry. 

  • Balancing Breath Practices: Sheetali - helps reduce body heat. (Stick tongue out and curl into a tube shape. Inhale through the tongue and then close the mouth and release the exhale out through the nose.) Sheetkari - helps reduce body heat (Clench teeth and inhale through the teeth and then close the mouth and release the exhale out through the nose.) Nadi Shodhana or alternate nostril breathing - Balances the right/left side of the brain, reduces anxiety, boosts the immune system.  (Hold your right thumb over your right nostril and inhale deeply through your left nostril. At the top of your inhalation, close your left nostril with your third and fourth fingers, then exhale slowly through your right nostril. After a full exhalation, inhale through the right nostril, closing it off with your right thumb at the peak of your inhalation. Repeat.)

  • Balancing Yoga Practice:  Should be slow, restorative, and cooling. Postures should be held without strain, stress, or cultivation of too much heat. 

  • Balancing essential oils: The hot, sharp and intense nature of Pitta is balanced by using cooling, soothing and calming botanicals - birch, brahmi, chamomile, champa, clary sage, coriander, fennel, geranium, jasmine, jatamansi, lavender, lemon balm, lemongrass, lime, mandarin, myrtle, neroli, peppermint, petitgrain, rose, sandalwood, spearmint, tangerine, tea tree, vanilla, wintergreen, yarrow, ylang ylang

  • Balancing carrier oils: Sunflower, coconut and olive.