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A Closer Look At Pitta

Every year contains a full dosha cycle, Vata, Pitta and Kapha, which makes up the three Ayurvedic seasons. Likewise, all three doshas are within each individual (in unique proportion). Since we are currently in Pitta Season (approx. June – September), let’s take a closer look at the Pitta dosha…

Ruled by fire and water, Pitta is known as the force of transformation. Fire and water’s relationship is not based on similarity, but rather on the exchanging dominance of one over the other for the purpose of fueling important life processes.

For example, too much fire will result in the boiling away and evaporation of the water. Too much water will result in the fire being put out altogether. Therefore, this shifting energy needs to be kept in balance in order to achieve optimal transformation in the mind and body.

Pitta is responsible for digestion, absorption, assimilation, nutrition levels, metabolism, our body-temperature, skin coloration, the luster of our eyes, our intelligence, and all perception and understanding.

Every single one of us harbors the forces of all three doshas (because all three are needed in order to sustain life). So take a moment right now and allow your gaze to turn inward – try and sense the force of Pitta within you. Can you witness all the changes happening in your body? Can you feel digestion? The Pitta dosha absorbs and transforms everything we receive, all stimuli; it takes-in one thing and makes it into another, including the way we uniquely comprehend our own thoughts. If we literally digest every thought we think, ask yourself if your thoughts are nourishing you….

Someone who has a dominant Pitta dosha may take on some of these physical characteristics: Medium build, generally proportionate – Develops muscles easily – Sensitive, combination skin – Luminous glow with large pores in the T-zone – Eyes are bright and have a penetrating gaze – Lips and eyes are medium sized, nose is often sharp – Hair is silky and thin, often with red hues – Nails are soft, pink and well formed – Skin is soft and warm to the touch – Voracious appetite – Good digestive power – Speech is clear, sharp, and precise – Sleeps little, but sound – Sensitive to bright light

Common psychological characteristics of a dominant Pitta dosha: Intellectual with warm personality – Good leader – Fiery, chivalrous and passionate – Asks many questions – Metaphorical and interpretive thinkers – Mental energy is sharp and focused – Competitive drive, highly ambitious – Great delegates, pioneers – Adaptable – Sensitive and compassionate – Extremely Visual

When Pitta is imbalanced (meaning it is present in excess), some of the most common things it can physically lead to are: hypersensitivity of the skin, blotchy redness, rashes, hives and dry patches, inflammation, ulcers, acidity, excess heat, thinning/graying hair, high blood pressure, and insatiable hunger. Acne in the t-zone or eczema may also develop.

Psychologically imbalanced Pitta can lead to: frustration, anger, jealousy, aggression, arrogance, irritability, impatience, over-achievement, perfectionism, and the potential of becoming spiteful, critical and judgmental.

Take a look at our most recent Pitta Season Newsletter for great tips, exercises, suggestions, songs, delicious recipes & more! Our newsletter is offered only three times a year. It is a completely free resource to optimize your season and you can receive it personally!

For those of you who still don’t know your dosha, take this quiz and find out!

Ayurveda Today

What is Ayurveda?

Can we use Ayurveda in today’s modern lifestyle?

For some, the notion of Ayurveda connotes a strange, intangible subject, an antiquated ideology completely irrelevant to the modern day lifestyle. Others have found an intimate connection with the insights offered through Ayurveda and have incorporated this science on a practical, daily basis. And of course, as is always true in life, there are many, many people in between those two perspectives — the vast grey area, if you will.

For those of you who don’t know about Ayurveda, I’ll briefly give explanation, but please know that this summation in no way does justice to the subject, which dates back over 5,000 years. So as I describe to you below, please know that I do so humbly.

The term Ayurveda derives from the Sanskrit words ayu and veda. Ayu translates as “life” and veda as “knowledge” or “science”, thus Ayurveda is known as the science of life. Ayurveda, originating from India, employs a holistic mind-body system of healing, that was originally established with 8 branches of medicine, including pediatrics, toxicology, surgery, and internal medicine, to name a few. It is both preventative and profoundly curative.

Ayurveda states that there are five fundamental elements that comprise all of nature; this includes each and every one of us. These elements, Space, Air, Fire, Water and Earth, are uniquely distributed within every individual, like a fingerprint or a snowflake or a one-of-a-kind blueprint – no two are exactly the same. Your specific blueprint is known as your prakruti or constitution, which you have embedded in you from the moment of conception. However, when we are born and as we live our lives, outside factors can sway us away from our constitution; and this natural occurrence is known as our current condition or dosha.

Ayurveda provides the knowledge and awareness to use your dosha, as a ‘compass’ – through concrete holistic guidelines, helping you to navigate yourself back into what your original state of being was – a precious and phenomenal state free from imbalance and disease.

So Ayurveda today… is it possible? After all, it was established before the industrial and media ages, before today’s complex demands, dual-income necessities, and the modern lifestyle. Others may argue that amidst all life’s evolutions, Ayurveda is a science that has stood the test of time, which still has profound impact today and has proved it in curing ailments that have defied top western physicians.

My aim with this blog is to establish a place where people can discuss these issues and share insights. I hope that at the very least, Ayurveda can be taken out of the realm of the mystical and into the realm of accessible – a viable and profound path towards beauty, health and wellness.