The Pitta dosha is governed in the gut with our internal fire burning ruling over our metabolism, digestion, and hormonal balance. The Root, Sacral, and Solar Plexus Chakra energy bodies can have an impact on the Pitta and vice versa.
When I think about Pitta dosha within Ayurveda wellness, Agni also comes to mind. Agni means fire in Sanskrit, and is closely related to pitta, except it has a different type of dry heat.
Pitta dosha vital energy primary element is fire, with a secondary element of water. The balance is similar to low humidity heat, with an energy flow hot and fluid. All of the dosha work together, however each has their own area of the human body it governs. Dosha are Ayurveda vital energy sources that make up the human constitution. For more info about Dosha and Ayurveda history read What is Ayurveda & How to Use It
Pitta dosha main place in the body is the gastrointestinal tract, the stomach and small intestines are also apart of this vital energy. Within our physical being the pitta dosha is associated with the metabolism, its fluids and our hormonal balance. The organs, plasma, etc associated with pitta are liver, spleen, gallbladder, blood, sweat, eyes, and endocrine glands
If the fire dosha is not in harmony, and there is excessive heat being stored in the body the imbalance can manifest as various illness and symptoms including:
- Irritability, anger, and mood swings.
- Digestion issues such as reoccurring or chronic acid reflux, gas, constipation, nausea
- Inflammation in joints
- Bad Breathe and body odor.
A Pitta imbalance can also be caused by internalized stress, and unhealed traumas stored in the Root and Sacral Chakras. If unreleased the imbalance can manifest as cell irregularities such as fibroids and tumors could grow. The fire dosha also has an impact within the Solar Plexus chakra with the emotions of jealousy, anger, and “why them, not me/hater” type feelings can boil over and infest the mind.
There are also elements that aggravate the Pitta dosha that can add fuel to the flame, that include;
- Eating to much red meat
- Hot Summers, exposure to heat
- Overworking, Hyperactive mind
- Exercising midday
- Fear of failure, and repressed emotions
It helps to know what naturally aggravates the Pitta, so that you can adjust your environment accordingly, and have a better understanding why you may not feel like your best self.
A few typical characteristics and qualities of pitta dominant dosha constitution are:
- Medium / Slender build with sharp features- teeth, nose, eyes will be medium prominence
- Strong metabolism, large appetites, high body temperatures.
- Highly ambitious, with a very alert mind. Seeks knowledge and are intelligent.
- Cheerful, confident, happy, and strong
While it is a good idea to avoid and reduce exposure to what aggravates the Pitta dosha, it is not always possible. Some ways to help the fire calming process are mindful breathing, a little photosynthesis, with a high veggie based diet, and allowing the body to restore itself.
Pranayama meditative breathing is very beneficial. A technique called Left Nostril Breathing can help bring calm balance to a upset Pitta. To do:
- Inhale thru left nostril and exhale through right.
- Use your thumb and middle finger to close and open alternating nostrils. This breathing exercise is cooling and helps stimulate female energy.
- Natural Aromatherapy while mindful breathing enhances sensory connection.
-Wear the color blue
-Sleep on your right side
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