Pitta Dosha • Fire & Water
Pitta dosha is the biological combination of fire and water in nature and within our bodies. Pitta literally translates to ‘that which cooks’ and therefore is the action of transformation in nature. There is no greater example of alchemy, the act of transforming or transmuting one quality to another, than fire. It is thanks to this fire that we are radiant and intelligent beings.
The Qualities of Pitta
We can experience and observe Pitta dosha through its qualities of: oily, share, hot, light, spreading, liquid, acidic. These qualities conjure the natural pictures of molten lava, forest fires, the sun itself. In our bodies this is our digestion, our tempers, our life blood. Pitta is our inner radiance and our ability to ‘share the light’ that we all contain within ourselves.
The Locations of Pitta
Time of Day: 10:00am - 2:00pm and 10:00pm - 2:00am. As the sun peaks at noon so does your digestion- try eating your largest meal of the day at midday to take advantage of the increased fire element.
Time of Year: Summer
In the Body: The seat of Pitta is the Small Intestine yet this dosha also governs over eyesight, blood, liver, stomach, spleen, pancreas, liver, and our sweat. Pitta regulates our inner temperatures and any transformative processes such as digestion of food and emotions and all the way down to the micro activity of cell division. More subtly, Pitta governs the intellect and our ability to learn and absorb new information.
The Appearance of Pitta
Observe yourself and those around you to see how Pitta expresses itself through our physical features:
Thin and pointed nose, often has ‘sharp’ bone features like high cheekbones
Yellowish teeth that are prone to decay
Red to dark pink lips that are medium fullness and equal from top and bottom lip
Dark red to dark pink tongue
Medium bone structure, athletic build
Maintains weight easily
Oily skin that is prone to freckles, moles, and acne
Fine textured hair that is light in color and grays early
Bright and penetrating eyes
Pitta in Balance
Pitta in balance is a fearless leader- whether leading a team or taking on entrepreneurial endeavors a Pitta is driven to succeed. These types tend enjoy humor as a diffuser (sometimes from their own anger) and are naturally witty and great storytellers. Pittas have an insatiable desire to learn more and continue growing throughout their life. They appreciate working smarter and not harder and prefer taking the most efficient routes as possible.
Ways to encourage balance:
Eat a Pitta pacifying diet. One that reduces the tastes of pungent (spicey), salty and sour
Get in touch with your emotions through talk therapy, somatic work, and journaling
Color therapy through cooling colors such as greens, blues, and white or gemstones like pearl and moonstone
Essential oils that are sweet and cool like sandalwood, rose, and peppermint
Avoid artificial stimulants
Eat in a peaceful atmosphere
Keep competition in moderation
Do things without the goal of achieving anything
Take life, exercise, and endeavors at a slower pace
Pitta out of balance
Out of balance Pitta types are overheated in life. They can become too focused, too fixated, too driven to a point of bulldozing others and burning themselves out. This can lead to anger, resentment, and unresolved frustration that builds in the body and mind as their independent nature often forgets that they can ask for help. Out of balance Pittas will develop heartburn, stomach ulcers, rashes, and adrenal fatigue when they don’t take the time to cool down.
Ways to create an imbalance:
Excessive exposure to aggressive or loud sensory input
Becoming rigid in schedule, relationships, rules
Eating while agitated
Eating a Pitta aggravating diet (see pacifying qualities above)
Coffee, Caffeine, Alcohol, Drugs
Over-working & over-scheduling
Engaging in too much competition
Being overheated physically
Not slowing down in the summer months
Pitta is ruled by fire and water and so that creates a spreading affect throughout the mind and body. Like creating a fire with the focused heat of the sun through a magnifying glass and then allowing that fire to spread is much like Pitta dosha’s nature. Turning intense focus into relaxation, playing just as hard as you work, and reminding yourself that transformation happens even when you aren’t controlling it is key to finding balance in life.
Mantra of Pitta
I am a wayshower for others through my radiant inner light
I remember that my true nature is to be of encouragement, to express joyfulness, and to teach others what I know
When I am balanced I am unstoppable