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A Pitta Balancing Lifestyle

A Pitta Balancing Lifestyle

It is crucial to balance the pitta dosha as it is the fire that lights up your metabolism. With a balance in pitta, you would ensure good digestion and great immunity. Here are some pitta balancing lifestyle recommendations –

  • Sleep has a natural cooling effect on the body hence make sure that you have at least 8 hours of undisturbed sleep regularly. However, try to get up early in the morning always.
  • The cooling effect of sleep is crucial for the fiery pitta dosha. Ideally, you should go to bed before 10 p.m. To balance pitta, you need regular, predictable sleep, and you will sleep better if you retire early.
  • Also, sometimes a short daytime nap in a semi-sitting position may be beneficial for the pitta body, esp. after lunch.
  • Early morning a shower with cold water is a great way to balance pitta naturally. In fact, you have a shower also before dinner to naturally relax and cool a tired pitta body at the end of the day.
  • A body massage with Ayurvedic herbal powder or with cooling oils helps not only to cool the pitta body but also to relax a stressed pitta mind.
  • Avoid hot weather and direct sunshine, especially during the noontime. However, sunbath during sunrise is very good for all body types including pitta.
  • Some of the excellent pitta balancing yoga asanas are child’s pose, supine spinal twist, head to knee pose, etc. Avoid yoga in hot weather to keep your mind and body calm.
  • Meditation is a great practice to bring calm and patience to a pitta mind. Also, incorporate relaxed and mindful effort into as many of your obligations as you can.
  • Yoga breathing exercises (pranayama) like Sheetali (Cooling Breath) are a great way to cool pitta. This breathing technique is beneficial in reducing pitta and balancing solar and lunar energy in the body. Practicing pranayama for ten or fifteen minutes per day can dramatically improve your attitude and health.
  • Modifying exercise can also help pitta. Excess pitta enhances body heat. It may also trigger the pitta feelings of competition, and ambition.
  • Excessive exercising may lead to overheating. Plan your workouts for the Kapha times of day (6–10 a.m. and 6–10 p.m.), when pitta aggravation is at its lowest.
  • In any case, avoid exercising between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. when pitta is strongest.
  • Generally, exercise at about 50% of your capacity, not too strenuous. Also, try to relax your mind when exercising. Don't overwork yourself or strive for perfection.
  • Exercising outside in nature might also help in cooling the pitta.
  • Pitta people can digest large meals if their dosha is well balanced. Hence, try to have sumptuous, heavy, and cooling meals. Pitta people can do well with three large meals and 1 snack (preferably a drink) between lunch and dinner.
  • However, if you are a pitta person, always go slow with fasting. Sudden stringent fasting can lead to pitta disorders like inflammation, acidity, and other pitta- related disorders.

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