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