By Shannon Chada
Just as a yoga practice is unique to each individual, so is the art of being in-tune with our doshas. We are all different in mind and body, and your yoga practice should be a unique devotion to your overall wellness. Using supportive asanas, pranayama, nutritional choices, herbs, spices and essential oils specific to your dosha is an important aspect of your yoga practice.
Today as we visit the Pitta Dosha, we learn that one of their unique qualities is that they generally have an innate ability to mentally digest life experiences, as well as biologically digest food easily. A common translation of pitta is “that which digests things.” Ruled by the elements fire and water, Pitta governs all heat in the body. It is located in the small intestine, stomach, sweat glands, blood, lymph nodes and eyes. It is responsible for digestion, metabolism, chemical transformations and the production of cellular energy. Those with Pitta qualities tend to be very sharp thinkers, philosophers, mathematicians and engineers.
Pitta is fun and enjoys movement. It can also be a little hot headed, with a “my way or the highway” attitude. Ideally the Pitta’s yoga practice would include asanas and pranayama, which would not be too vigorous, allowing more attention to that which calms the heart and mind. Try softening your gaze and practicing with eyes close allowing for release of control. Focus on the yoga experience in the body and not in the brain– reminding one’s self it is not a competition. Avoid self-criticism and practice at a moderate pace.
Yoga can assist Pitta harmony:
- Moon salutation– represents surrender; Cobra– ease inflammation of low back; Supported half-shoulder stand– to allow for surrender and vulnerability.
- For imbalanced Pitta, choose asanas that focus on the mid-abdominal region, where the lower half of the stomach and small intestine are located. Ardha matsyendrasana (half-spinal twist) and back bends, which extend the solar plexus area, such as chakrasana (the wheel pose) and dandasana (the camel pose) are good for Pitta.
Examples of balanced Pitta are strong appetites with good digestion and assimilation of nutrients, low level of toxins, focused, intellectual thought, leadership and healthy ambition.
Examples of Pitta overflow are excessive body heat, acid reflux, feelings of anger or resentment, extreme competitiveness, burnout, inflammation, vision problems, hot skin rashes, excess sweat, liver and gallbladder issues.
Essential Oils to support Pitta include: Jasmine, Rose and Ylang Ylang, Citrus Oils, Floral Oils, Neroli, Lavender, Frankincense, Geranium and Helichrysum.
If you are looking to take your yoga wellness journey deeper and are interested in working with an Ayrevedic Professional, I highly recommend Karla Cain of Satvic Sage. www.sattvicsage.com
Shannon Chada is a Holistic Spiritual Practitioner of Full Circle Harmony. She has 15+ years experience as an Essential Oil Educator, Reiki Master Teacher, Crystal Healer and Certified Yoga Instructor. Find her classes at Soderworld Wellness Center & Rising Lotus Healing Center, www.FullCircleHarmony.org