Ayurveda - Meditation, Pranayama, Mantra & Essential Oils for Balancing "Pitta" Mind-Body Types

This Rahini Yoga Blog is part of Kind Karma's Mission Program called, "AHHH!" - Ayurveda Holistic Health & Healing. This program - "AHHH" - promotes Loving Kindness courses, boosts positive thinking, empowers yourself to make healthy lifestyle changes and improves your physical and spiritual wellness.  

The AHHH sound is a sacred healing syllable that resonates in our hearts, developing loving kindness, compassion and peace --- towards yourself and others.  Physically, the AHHH sound benefits the lungs, and respiratory illnesses such as asthma, bronchitis, and colds. 

AHHH is also the sound of growth of life and it brings up the realization of our radiant nature; imparting energy, openness, expansion and empowerment.

Another potent benefit of the AHHH is that it's the sound of releasing and letting go, as in a very long sigh or exhale after taking a deep inhale.

Ayurveda 101: Mind-Body Types - Doshas

In Ayurveda, the three Doshas - Vata, Pitta and Kapha - are derived from the five basic elements (Pancha Mahabhutas): Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Ether or Space. Vata is composed of Air and Ether; Pitta of Fire and Water; and Kapha of Earth and Water.  Also known as mind-body types, the doshas express unique blends of physical, emotional, and mental characteristics.  The doshas are biological energies found throughout the human body and mind.  They govern all physical and mental processes and provide every living being with an individual blueprint for health and fulfillment.

Understanding Pitta

Pitta (Elements = Fire + Water)

The pitta dosha controls digestion, metabolism, and energy production.  The primary function of pitta is transformation. Those with a predominance of the pitta constitution tend to have a fiery nature that manifests in both body and mind.​

People in whom pitta predominates are intense and fiery, with strong drive, and self-control.  They are alert and intelligent and have good powers of comprehension and concentration.  They are usually medium in height, weight, and endurance. They sunburn easily and usually have plenty of freckles and moles.  They seldom lose or gain much weight. Pittas often experience early graying or hair loss and frequently have bleeding gums.

The normal body temperature of people with pitta constitution is a little higher than in other doshas, and their hands and feet are usually warm and may be sweaty.  They perspire quite a lot and their perspiration often has a strong, sulfuric smell.  The heat is the main characteristic of pitta types so they have low tolerance for hot weather, sunshine, or hard physical work.  Pittas have a strong appetite and digestion and get irritable when don’t eat on time.  They are often attracted to hot spicy dishes, which are not good for them.  They should eat food with sweet, bitter, and astringent taste.

Pittas are good planners, ambitious and disciplined.  Aggressive by nature, they easily take control of situations. They are often wise, intelligent people, but they can also have a controlling, dominating personality with a tendency toward comparison, competition, and perfectionism.  Pitta individuals are in constant search of success, never yield from their principles, and can’t bear waiting or being delayed.

Pittas have a powerful intellect and a strong ability to concentrate. When they’re in balance, they are good decision makers, teachers, and speakers. They are precise, sharp-witted, direct, and often outspoken.