Pitta Balancing Yoga Postures

By Angela Glaz

500 Hour E-RYT and Ayurvedic Counselor

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The Pitta Dosha is composed of fire and water and holds the qualities of oily, light, sharp, hot, acidic, and liquid.  When these two elements become imbalanced within the body and mind, we see their qualities in excess.

Typically, Pitta imbalances manifest through anger, irritation, jealousy, heartburn, acid reflux, rashes or other types of skin inflammation, dizziness, nausea, and diarrhea.

A yoga practice that will best cater to the needs of an aggravated Pitta will be slow, cooling, and grounding.  The practice should focus on postures or variations of postures that are passive.  Postures should be held to promote grounding energy, but they should be held without irritation. Forward folds, seated postures, and supine postures will best pacify pitta. Expansive backbends and heart openers should be avoided.

When practicing yoga to reduce excess Pitta, how the practice is done is just as important as the postures themselves. Because Pitta holds the qualities of hot and sharp, we want to be sure to not add more fuel to the fire.  Every posture and transition should be practiced slowly and more passively to help reduce any excess heat dwelling in the body and mind.

 

Suggested Yoga Postures:

·      Balasana  - Childs Pose

·      Supta Baddha Konasana – Supine Butterfly Pose

·      Paschimottanasana - Seated Forward Fold (Supported – using props as needed)

·       Setu Bandha Sarvangasana - Bridge (Supported – using block or bolster under lower back)