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Owning Your Pitta Dosha
The brilliance of a raging fire dragon in a city of sparkling gems- such is the nature of Pitta.
-Maya Tiwari, A Life of Balance
“What’s your dosha?”
Thanks to famous ayurvedically influenced health gurus like Deepak Chopra, Dr. Vasant Lad, and Dr. John Douillard, Ayurveda is in and it’s depth, complexities, and benefits are seemingly endless.
Dosha is a sanskrit term that literally translates to that which comes out of balance, and generally refers to an individual’s constitution (mind/body type). If you haven’t taken a dosha quiz in the past three months, I invite you to take this Ayurveda body type quiz before reading further. Taking this quiz seasonally (about every three months), can start to give you a new perspective on your personal constitution, as each dosha is always fluctuating based on internal and external environmental factors.
Ayurveda translates to “life knowledge” in sanskrit. It is a science that is over 5,000 years old that utilizes the rhythms of nature, the subtle energetics and qualities of herbs and food, yoga asana practices, pranayama, visualization, and meditation to cultivate awareness of a person’s true nature and purpose. Ayurveda is not only the science of physical life and health, but it is also the means for uncovering overall dharma or individual purpose for this lifetime.
Ayurveda operates on the principle that each person has his or her own constitution made up of the primary doshas (vata, pitta, and kapha). In order to thrive and fulfill dharma one must use their constitution as a tool to achieving their goals and aspirations and a means for self study. Your dosha is not meant to provide a ‘quick fix’ solution for ailments and behaviors, but as a means to go within and uncover your talents, gifts, and overall purpose for this lifetime.
Positive manifestations of Pitta dosha:
Ability to manifest intentions and goals, focused, ability to easily solve problem, feelings of confidence
Negative manifestation of Pitta dosha:
Inflated ego, overly goal/results oriented, bossy, irritable
Practice for Pitta dosha:
A symptom of pitta imbalance is lack of patience or frustration. Each morning, set a timer for 3 minutes and list all of the things you are grateful for. Cultivating gratitude will put you in touch with patience, empathy, and positive kapha energies.
Loving kindness meditation for Pitta dosha:
- Begin in a comfortable seated position with your spine straight. Connect to you breath. For a few rounds, follow the inhale from the tip of your nostrils, down to the center of your pelvis, and follow the exhale from the center of your pelvis out to the tips of your nostrils. Once you are focused, visualize someone that you have unconditional love and support for (this could be a partner, a parent, friend, pet, etc.). Send unconditional love and gratitude to this person over three consecutive inhales and exhales.
- From there, visualize someone that you have neutral feelings for (a co-worker, the cashier at the grocery store, the mailman, etc.). Send unconditional love and gratitude to this person over three consecutive inhales and exhales.
- Finally, visualize someone that you have negative feelings toward. Breath into any emotions that arise, and acknowledge your feelings without judging or creating any sort of narrative behind them. When you mind and heart are steady, send unconditional love and gratitude to this person over three consecutive inhales and exhales.
- From there, begin to follow the breath from inhale and exhale as you gently and slowly come back to the space around you.