Pitta Qualities

The Regulator

  • Elements: Fire/Water

  • Translation: What cooks

  • Known as: The Processor

  • Qualities: Hot, sharp, light, moist, slightly oily, intellectual, confident, impatient, joyous, jealous, outspoken, combative, ambitious, and brave.

  • Psychologically prone toAntisocial and overly critical, self-centered, aggressive, impatient, competitive, and easily agitated.

  • Physically prone to: Rashes, inflammation, boils, skin cancer, heartburn, ulcers, anemia, jaundice, and hair loss.

  • Sense organs: Eyes

  • Motor organs: Feet

  • Pacifying Colors: Cool, mild, and neutral (white, grey, green, blue)

  • Mudra: Pran Mudra - decreases body temperature (Connect tips of ring finger, pinky, and thumb.) 

  • Breath: Sheetali - helps reduce body heat. (Stick tongue out and curl into a tube shape. Inhale through the tongue and then close the mouth and release the exhale out through the nose.) Sheetkari - helps reduce body heat (Clench teeth and inhale through the teeth and then close the mouth and release the exhale out through the nose.) Nadi Shodhana or alternate nostril breathing - Balances the right/left side of the brain, reduces anxiety, boosts the immune system.  (Hold your right thumb over your right nostril and inhale deeply through your left nostril. At the top of your inhalation, close your left nostril with your third and fourth fingers, then exhale slowly through your right nostril. After a full exhalation, inhale through the right nostril, closing it off with your right thumb at the peak of your inhalation. Repeat.)

  • Yoga Practice:  Should be slow, restorative, and cooling. Postures should be held without strain, stress, or cultivation of too much heat. 

  • Essential Oils: The hot, sharp and intense nature of Pitta is balanced by using cooling, soothing and calming botanicals - birch, brahmi, chamomile, champa, clary sage, coriander, fennel, geranium, jasmine, jatamansi, lavender, lemon balm, lemongrass, lime, mandarin, myrtle, neroli, peppermint, petitgrain, rose, sandalwood, spearmint, tangerine, tea tree, vanilla, wintergreen, yarrow, ylang ylang

  • Carrier oils: Sunflower, coconut and olive

  • Times of day Pitta is high: Between 10am-2pm and 10pm-2am. 

  • Seasons/weather Pitta is high: Summer or when hot and dry. 

  • An out of balance Pitta feels: Reckless, angry, irritable, aggressive, argumentative, jealous, and sarcastic. 

  • A balanced Pitta feels: Passionate, inspired, creative, focused, perceptive, confident, and intelligent.