“Let’s cut the small talk, OK? I can’t stand that stuff. Total waste of time, if you ask me. I’m here to talk about Pitta dosha. I have three points to make. I’m going to make them, ensure that you understand, and then efficiently move on to my next appointment. A lot of people depend on me and I’m quite busy so let’s keep it moving. OK, I’m ready, are you?”
Pitta dosha, made up predominantly of the Fire element (with just a touch of water), is a hot, light, dry and unstable energy. In the body and mind, Pitta dosha rules digestion and transformation. Individuals high in Pitta dosha digest not only food quickly, but also information and experiences. Ayurveda sees nutrition as coming in through all five senses and all of that sensory input is digested and transformed into who you are; Pitta is responsible for this process. It also rules disorders of the blood, liver and skin.
Like a dragon scorching a path through unchartered territory, Pitta dosha is courageous and ambitious. This is the energy we feel when we take on a new job or role in life and need to act like a trailblazer. Think of the clear, visionary power of a fearless leader and you get a sense of Pitta dosha.
IN BALANCE, PITTA DOSHA IS…
Joyous and hilarious
OUT OF BALANCE, PITTA DOSHA IS…
Physically and mentally inflamed
Prone to diarrhea or loose stools
Plagued by various skin imbalances from acne to hives to sunburn
Burnt out from their own intensity
TO BRING BALANCE TO PITTA DOSHA…
Adopt a more chillaxed pace in all areas of life
Eat three solid, good-sized meals every day
Eat cooling and hydrating foods, like basmati rice, dairy, and green vegetables
Use Pitta pacifying spices, like coriander, cardamom, and fennel
Practice regular moderate exercise
Internally say the mantra “cool, calm, moderate” to yourself
Cultivate compassion and non-judgment
Pitta: qualities reflecting the elements fire and water.