Yoga Poses for Pitta dosha


Pitta dosha is composed of the elements of fire and water.  It has the qualities of being hot, sharp, light, liquid, and mobile.  This means that Pitta people want activities that are calming, cooling, softening, and relaxing.
Its properties, or guns, are hot, oily, liquid, sharp, lightweight and extended. Victims of this defect have a moderate build, warm body, oily skin, piercing thoughts, sharp wit, and straight, thin, shiny hair that is prone to premature gray hair. They often sweat easily and have warm hands and feet. Symptoms of excessive bile dysfunction may include irritability, anger, aggression, bloating, and redness.

People of a pitta or imbalanced nature tend to be more assertive and intense. Relaxing postures help sedate your intensity and soothe the angry and resentful emotions you are prone to. By relieving pitta, these asanas are good as part of treatment for conditions like ulcers and hyperacidity, liver disease, and acne.

Ustrasana (Camel Pose) is very beneficial for pittas. This asana opens the abdomen, solar plexus, and chest, allowing more energy-free movement through these regions.

Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose) and Dhanurasana (Bow Pose) are also excellent solar plexus extension poses for pitta. These asanas can play a role in the treatment of ulcers and hepatitis.

Headstand should be avoided for people with an imbalance or pitta build. Head supports warm the body and much of this heat builds up in the head and eyes. The eyes are an organ controlled mainly by pitta.

Vajrasana can aid stomach disorders

Practice vajrasana every day, to ensure a wealth of digestive benefits.

Do’s For Pitta

  • Spend time in the moonlight.  The lunar energy is cooling
  • Schedule your deadlines to avoid time pressures.  Time crunches produce stress and that is anything but relaxing.
  • Allow some time in each day for fun.  This lightens the mood and helps the mind to relax and unwind.
  • Favor healthy, mostly cooked foods with a focus on tastes that are sweet, bitter, and astringent.  These are the tastes that sooth Pitta.
  • Drink plenty of room temperature water.  Cold water in bad for digestion.
  • Spend time in nature, especially near water.  Nature helps to balance all of the doshas.  The added element of the water helps to calm and cool Pitta.
  • Be in bed with the lights out by 10 pm.   At 10 pm, the evening Pitta cycle begins and we can get our second wind and stay awake and productive for hours.  It is much better to be asleep by then.
  • Keep physically cool.  Keeping physically cool will help you to maintain your mental cool.
  • Engage in team activities rather than individual competitions.  Competitiveness is sharp and aggravates Pitta.
  • Eat when you are hungry.  This helps to keep the digestive fire from overheating the body.

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