Today I want to delve into an exploration of the Pitta dosha.
But first, let me be clear that despite the separation of the 5 elements (water, fire, air, ether, earth) into dosha, we need to understand that none can exist without the others. As mentioned in my previous article, there are 3 doshas and they act as a trilogy: Vata Pitta and Kapha. It is only by understanding the interrelationship between this trilogy that the picture is complete.
A very easy way to relate to Pitta on a personal level is as follows:
Do you remember when you last felt hungry? What did it feel like? (And I am talking about the kind of hunger that is real!)
Did you feel a sharp pain in your stomach? A gnarling hunger that made you even ‘hangry’?
That is the energy of fire in your body, that transforms food into body tissue. Or in modern terminology, metabolism.
In Ayurveda PITTA means – the subtle energy of transformation.
It includes not only metabolism but also assimilation and absorption.
The second component of Pitta is Water.
Water helps to contain the fire and being its best companion.
Where do we see the water in the body? If we look into someone’s eyes, we can see the spark in the centre of the eye – the radiance (which is connected to fire), but around the eyeball, we notice the ‘water content’.
Pitta imbalances most frequently show up as fire being in excess, ie inflammations, stomach ulcers or dry eyes, itchy skin.
Another way of observing the shift in dominance of one dosha over the others is by looking at changes in season.
At the onset of Spring, two things happen. First, we experience an increase of movement (you can see, for example, the transformation in plants and trees) and secondly, we feel the shift from cold to warmth.
Once the weather changes we feel drawn to different foods than the ones we prefer in winter. You might wonder what to eat in Spring at the moment. If you follow your instincts, you might find that you are attracted to the juiciness of the fruits as these can help to keep Pitta in balance and add some of the water that is needed from being too much in the fire (sun/heat) element.
Ayurvedic Tips for Pitta balance
Make the best of tending to your fire by following these few simple steps to keep the fire in check:
- only work out in the cool hours of the day
- add moisture when you feel your skin is drying or burnt
- do not push your meals into the evening but feed the fire while it’s hot (lunch instead of dinner) and avoid feelings of irritability or anger
- mellow down by cooling down in the evening and reducing your screen time
- for the once that are outdoor types, take time to look at the moon and bath in it!
Let the beauty of transformation shine through but not overwhelm you and tune in for more Ayurvedic tips at the end of the week on myy Yoga and Ayurveda with Alexandra channel and my Yoga and Ayurveda with Alexandra Fcebook page.
Make it a healthy day