Pitta Prakruti


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PITTA Dosha~~

elements~~ fire + water (agni + jala)

qualities~~ fluid, hot, oily, soft, light, malodorous, subtle, sharp, clear

governs~~ transformation, metabolism & heat

seasons ~~ summer and early fall

daytime~~ 10 am- 2 pm and 10 pm-2 am

lifetime ~~ puberty to menopause (roughly)

pitta balancing foods~~ sweet, bitter and astringent tastes~~ cooling foods such as fresh fruit, smoothies, fresh juices, salads, whole grains, melon, cantaloupe, ripe berries, apples, apricots, grapes, peaches, pears, plums and pomegranates, asparagus,  broccoli, zucchini, squash, pumpkin, potatoes, snow peas, yams, leafy greens, salads, cucumbers, carrots, beets, jicama, cilantro, dandelion, granola, buckwheat, millet, rogi, barley, rice, herbal teas- chamomile, hibiscus, mint and chicory, coconut water

pitta increasing foods~~ pungent, sour, salty tastes~~ chilies, garlic, fresh ginger, black pepper, salt, sour fruits, junk food, fast food,burritos, pizza, tomato sauce, salsa, coffee, black tea, oily or fried food, vinegar, fermented foods.

pitta balancing practices~~ relaxation, afternoon siesta, watching the sun set, walking barefoot in green grass, swimming in fresh water, having fun and taking it easy, chandra bheadhi or shitali pranayama, twisting yoga postures, avoiding the mid day sun, drinking plenty of water.

pitta characteristics~~

  • medium, well proportioned frame
  • medium build as a child
  • medium bone structure
  • can gain or lose weight relatively easily
  • penetrating grey, blue, hazel or amber eyes
  • oily skin and hair
  • fair skin, can sun burn easily
  • fine, light, oily hair, blond, red, or grey
  • prefer cool or well ventilated places
  • good appetite
  • easy and regular bowels, soft, oily or loose stools
  • usually good digestion
  • enjoy planning and like routine
  • good initiator and leader
  • enjoy physical activities, competitions
  • exercise keeps emotions in control
  • have opinions and likes to share them
  • tend toward anger or irritability under stress
  • dream in color and remembers dreams
  • forceful about expressing ideas and feelings
  • like high protein foods
  • if ill, tends towards rashes, fevers, inflammation
  • usually sleep well
  • money is best spent on special items
  • active sexual interest and drive
  • flexible and strong nails
  • good circulation, warm hands
  • perspire frequently
  • strong full pulse

People with more pitta dosha characteristics have more pitta energy in their system and may have a pitta prakruti. Pitta balancing foods are best to be emphasized by these people, during the pitta time of year, or whenever your pitta has increased.

Some famous pitta people, courtesy of joyfullbelly.com :

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