Pitta is made up of a combination of Fire and Water. See blow for further information on Fire and Water!
When in Balance You Are: Loving, Content, Intelligent, Articulate, Courageous
When Out of Balance You Are: Perfectionist, Frustrated, Angry, Impatient, Irritable, Prematurely, gray or have early hair loss
Dreams: Problem solving, test-taking. If you fall asleep, and then wake up in the middle of the night and can’t get back to sleep, that is indicative of a Pitta imbalance.
Particularly Sensitive To: Mood, lighting
Money Spending Tendencies: Doesn’t spend much money on day to day things, but splurges on luxuries
Pittas don’t like to spend money, but they do splurge on special items. Whether it is a piece of jewelry, or a nice car, if they really want it, they will save for it and get it. They are goal-oriented, and will work hard to achieve their goals. Pittas need to be careful not to become workaholics. A good strategy for Pittas would be to allocate certain hours for rest and relaxation and not even think about work during that time.
Aggravated by Avoid: Heat, Alcohol, Smoking, Pressure, Stress, Excessive, spicy or salty foods, Excessive activity
Learns Best By: Reading, visuals
Memory: Good, sharp memory
Headaches: A Pitta headache is one where the eyes are sensitive to light, and you feel hot, angry or irritable. Sometimes this is accompanied by a nose bleed. A beneficial treatment is to apply sandalwood oil to the third eye area, the temples, heart and under the nose to additionally benefit from the aroma. "Click here for more information"
These are the subtle qualities of Pitta
-Digestive Fire. Agni is the primary aspect of Pitta from which the other four are derived. It is seated in the small intestine. A strong digestion is necessary for the body to transform food into fuel.
-Knowledge. Seated in the brain and heart, knowledge concerns our powers of discernment and our ability to plan and to reach goals.
-Radiance. Seated in the skin, radiance influences the complexion and governs the processing of heat.
-Visual Perception. Seated in the eyes, perception governs the reception of light and sight.
-Coloring. Seated in the liver, coloring influences the blood, stomach, spleen and small intestine. It governs the coloring of bile, blood and body waste.
Calendar for Pitta
From 10:00 am to 2:00 pm , it is Pitta time. You are at your most active and efficient during these hours. At noon, or lunchtime, your appetite is at its peak. Eat lunch between noon and 1:00 pm to use Pitta to your advantage. Lunch also should be your largest meal of the day. Parents should pack nutritious snacks and lunches for children that include the foods best for their particular mind/body type. This is the best time for children to take tests in school; and it is their most productive learning time.
Ayurveda: The Science Of Life and the 5 Elements
Fire (Agni)-Agni transforms and metamorphoses everything in the universe. Agni is present in each and every particle and each and every cell of our body. The same agni is present in each and every particle of the cosmos and manifests in different forms such as the luminosity of the stars, the electricity in the clouds, or the fire from wood. Heat, burning and transformation are the main attributes of Agni. In our body Agni gives heat and radiance, by burning the food consumed and transforming the ‘food juice’ formed from of the process of digestion into the subtle elements essential for the nourishment and growth of various tissues of our body. At the mental level, Agni transforms the stimuli received from the senses into knowledge and thoughts.
Air (Vayu)-We have air all around us. Though we cannot see it, it can be perceived by the feeling of touch and when the wind blows against the skin. And we can see the effects of air through the motion of trees, fans, and windmills. Motion, movement and speed are means by which we recognize Vayu. Akash or space is the seat of Vayu. Vayu is responsible for all movements in the cosmos. It might not be the air that flows in the earth’s atmosphere, but air itself can take various forms to control the movements in the cosmos as a whole. Due to Vayu there is vibration in the cosmos and in the body the same vibration at a micro level is responsible for the sustenance of life. In our body it controls 38 all the movement at a physical level (circulation of blood, expansion and contraction of the chest etc.), and also at the neuro-psychic level (the thought process, travelling of nerve impulses etc.). All creativity, from sprouting of a seed to growth of a fetus to regeneration of cells to creative ideas –all are possible only through Vayu.
Space (Akash)-Akash is the first element in the process of evolution as it has been depicted as an all-pervading, omnipresent element covering the entire cosmos. It has the maximum expanse. Non-resistance is its specific attribute. When we hit a solid substance we feel resistance, but when we move our hand in space we do not feel any resistance. Whatever be the expanse of an object, it will be its Akash. Whatever be the space occupied by a person, building, country etc will be their respective Akash. Whatever is the limit of a person or an object, is also the limit of the respective Akash. In the human body the akash is represented by all the pervading spaces like
• The numerous pores of the skin
• Space inside the body
• Alveolar and bronchiolar spaces
• Chambers of the heart
• Alimentary canal
• Blood vessels etc.
Earth (Prithvi): The most important inherent property of the Earth element is to give substance. Like we described in the case of water, the earth we inhabit does not represent the Earth element. In the cosmos the earth element is responsible for giving matter the ability to be perceived, to exist, to be still in the dimensions of time and space. When this matter comes under gravitational force, it results in weight. So in our body all that is substantive, heavy, stable and still is represented primarily by the earth element – for example, our bones. Due to its inherent properties the Earth element in our body gives anchorage or ‘holding capacity.’
Water (Jal)-The water element has the inherent property of cohesion. The water we see is composed of all five elements with dominance of Water element. In the cosmos the Water element is responsible for balancing the Fire element. So much so that the universe is visualised as a combination of Agni (fire) and Soma (Water). Fluidity, cohesiveness and cold are the hallmark of the Water element. As in the cosmos, the water element balances the Agni in our body. It is responsible for maintaining the fluidity of various important body components and for holding together various tissues in our body. At the mental level it is responsible for the feelings of love and affection which holds the family together.
Foods for Pitta
The basic rules for the Pitta diet:
Choose cool or warm, but not very hot foods.
• Avoid salt, oil (particularly fried foods), and spicy foods.
• Avoid sour foods like pickles, yogurt, and cheese. Use lemon or lime juice instead of vinegar on salads.
• Avoid red meat.
• Eat an abundance of salads and vegetables.
• Avoid coffee and alcohol.
To keep in Balance, Flavor: Sweet, Astringent, Bitter, Cool foods (not cold)
Here are some examples of specific foods in those taste categories that are balancing for each dosha
Sweet: sugar, honey, rice, milk, butter, bread
Astringent: beans, alfalfa, sprouts, apple, pear, potato
Bitter: bitter, greens, cucumber, tonic, water, spinach
Avoid DAIRY products combined with:
-meat, including fish
Avoid EGGS combined with:
-dairy (milk, cheese, yogurt) -meat, including fish
Avoid CORN combined with:
Avoid LEMON combined with:
Avoid NIGHTSHADES (tomato, potato, eggplant, chilies) combined with:
Exercise For Your Dosha
So obviously they love to have activities that require competitive interaction with others. They are happy competing with themselves also by building up on their intensity and endurance of exercise persistently. So they love to use the stop watch and other parameters for this purpose. They are muscular and athletic in their build and hence they do well in high-endurance sports and exercises. But in their pursuit to excel Pitta personalities may overstretch their limits and get angry (According to Ayurveda anger increases Pitta) at not being able to win or achieve their set target. This is the time to draw a line and they need to shift to an activity which needs endurance but is non-competitive and calming for the fire that is Pitta.
Exercises recommended for Pitta personalities in Prakrit state:
▪ Sprinting/ jogging
▪ Fast cycling
▪ Ice skating
▪ Mountain climbing
▪ Racquet sports
▪ Weight lifting
▪ Skiing Exercises
Activities to calm Pitta in aggravated state
▪ Yoga and yogic breathing
▪ Water sports
▪ Slow jogging
▪ Horse riding
▪ Shooting/ archery
▪ Golf Exercises
Activities that Pitta personalities should avoid
▪ Power Yoga
▪ Sauna bath
▪ Exercising in afternoon and under harsh sun.
▪ Power lifting.
Yoga For Your Dosha
Sun Salutation-4-6 times
Head to knee pose
Perfect sitting pose
Open legs forward bend
Full forward bend
Standing chair twists
Corpse pose- 10-20 minutes
• Find a flat, open space, where you are free to move around without bumping into anything.
• Set aside at least 30 minutes, and preferably an hour, to devote to this practice and nothing else. Turn off the phones.
• Don’t practice on a full stomach. Allow time to digest before exercising. If you are pregnant, or have back problems, consult your doctor before starting any new exercise program.
• Wear loose, comfortable clothing, and be bare feet.
• Don’t overdo it. Rest when you feel tired. Your stamina will increase over time with regular practice.
• Breathe through your nose. Your breaths should be long and deep. Breathe with your diaphragm. Relax your chest and allow your breath to feel as if it is coming from your belly.
• Start out slowly, allow your body to warm-up.
• Have fun. Laugh. Enjoy being together. Don’t take yourself too seriously. • Cool down gently, allow your body time to rest and restore itself after you are done.
Ayurveda Thai Yoga Massage
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Oil Based Massage
massage offers many benefits. If done in the morning, it helps you to start your day off relaxed, which is essential in maintaining balance. When done at night, it promotes a restful night’s sleep. It doesn’t matter when you choose to do the massage, but you will receive the optimum benefits if you do it every day.
Since the quality of Vata is dry and cold, a warm and oily massage provides an ideal balance 105 for Vata types, though all types will notice increased health and vitality, especially during Vata season. The massage soothes the nervous system and the endocrine system, since skin produces endocrine hormones. It rejuvenates the skin, promoting a youthful appearance. It also eliminates toxins and tones the muscles. Sesame oil is generally recommended for Ayurvedic massage because it helps to balance all three of the doshas. But feel free to choose one of the oils that are specific to your dosha. Sesame is great for Vata. Coconut or sunflower both work well for Pitta. Corn or olive oils are beneficial for balancing Kapha. You can also add herbs or fragrances to the oils to personalize them for your needs. The entire massage requires only about 2 ounces of oil per person each time. If you are so inclined, this is a massage that you and your partner can do together.
Before you begin, warm the oil to skin temperature. The easiest way to do this is to keep a small plastic squeeze bottle filled with oil, and set the bottle in a bowl or cup of very hot water. Wait a few minutes for the oil to reach skin temperature. While the oil warms, lay out a towel to protect the carpet or floor from any oil that may spill. When you are ready, start the massage at your head. Drizzle a small amount of oil onto your scalp and massage it in with the palms of your hands. Use a clockwise, circular motion. Then gently massage your face and ears. If you have oily skin, avoid those areas that are prone to breakouts. Massaging the ears is excellent for balancing Vata. Drizzle some oil in your palms and massage your neck, then move to your shoulders. Use a circular motion on your joints shoulders, elbows, knees-and long up-and-down strokes on your limbs. 106 Be gentle on your torso. Use large, clockwise motions to massage the chest and stomach area. Reach around to massage your back as best you can without straining. Then massage the legs, ankles, and knees. Using the palm of your hands, vigorously massage the feet. It is best to leave the oil on the body for 20 minutes before washing it off in a warm, not hot, shower or bath. You can use this time to meditate or do your yoga exercises. If you don’t have time to wait, that’s fine. It’s much better to do a quick massage than none at all.