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Breaking Down the Dosha: Pitta

Updated: May 18, 2019

Breaking Down the Doshas: Pitta by: Jessica Jayne

Ayurvedic knowledge says that everything in the Universe is made up of the three doshas; Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. The three doshas are the energetic forces that are derived from the five elements and their individual properties, and govern all human physical and mental processes.

Though each living being has an individual dosha makeup; everything and everyone is made up of all three doshas. The purpose of Ayurveda is to harmonize all doshas by counteracting the dominant dosha types and coming into balance within all three.

Pitta Dosha is governed by the Fire and Water elements.

When someone is predominantly Pitta Dosha, they embody the definition of ‘fire in the belly’– literally and figuratively. They tend to have a fiery nature that when balanced, nothing can stop; as Pitta Dosha controls all heat and transformation. They tend to be athletic, medium sized, and run warmer than others. Their digestive system is powerful– as Pitta is in control of the ‘agni’, the fire in the belly that transforms all food into energy.

Some of the characteristics associated with Pitta energy are; fire, heat, intense, sharp, oily, acidic, and pungent. The season associated with Pitta is summertime, when the weather is hot and humid.

The fire and water elements are powerful forces, and an in balance Pitta embodies this force. When in balance, Pitta is focused, direct, and passionate: they have the ‘fire in their belly’ that guides them to where they need to be. They are strongly intellectual and precise which makes them strong leaders, teachers, and speakers.

When out of balance, overactive Pitta can manifest in excessive body heat, skin issues, ulcers, irritability, and a short temper. Their powerful energy begins to overload which can turn a once joyful, passionate, powerful Pitta– into an ego-driven, quick to get angry, overbearing individual.

How to Balance Pitta Dosha