Pitta types tend to have the best focus and determination of the three Ayurvedic types. Because of their natural physical abilities, in yoga, a Pitta constitution is able to have a very disciplined practice once oriented correctly. To start, Pitta person must understand their strengths and limitations. In general, Pitta tend to overheat, become irritable, and may even lack the patience to get started with the practice. Because of their determination, they may even overdue postures, becoming aggressive with themselves, and they tend stick to poses they can do well while ignoring the ones that they are most in need of to develop further.
According to Ayurveda a Pitta person will do best with a practice that is balancing. Pittas should perform asanas that are cooling, nurturing, expansive and relaxing. In a practice, this requires relaxing breaths and quiet sitting between strong asanas, releasing any stress that has developed. This doesn’t mean that they cannot do any strong practices, but if they do, they should make sure to compensate for any heat created by ending with cooling postures and Pranayama.
Those people with an imbalance in Pitta dosha tend to suffer from excess heat in their bodies. Calming and cooling poses which extend the soar plexus (where pitta resides) helps balance this. Poses which extend the solar plexus help dissipate heat in the body, however its important not to fall for the temptation to over-cool pitta, our bellies should always be warm, but our heads cool. Pitta types tend to be good at asanas but can not do some of the poses Vata types find easy, due do to their shorter bones.
In general, their practice should cool the head and blood, calm the heart and relieve tension. A yoga practice for a pitta individual should encourage compassion, acceptance, have a relaxed effort and be cooling in nature. Pittas can cultivate this by following some basic guidelines:
- Have fun in your poses. Do not take yourself or your pose too seriously.
- Enjoy movement in your poses.
- Soften your gaze downward, at the horizon or even practice with your eyes closed.
- Allow freedom and creativity in your practice. Change it up. Avoid sticking to one style or series of poses.
- Practice in a moderately cool space. You do not want to get cold, but pittas should avoid practicing in extremely heated spaces.
- Focus on the yoga experience in your body, not your brain.
- Work at 80% effort.
- Avoid being judgmental and critical of yourself.
- Make sure you have plenty of practice space.
- Remind yourself that yoga is not a competition.
- Focus on your exhalation.
- Use the exhalation to let go and release any built up anger, frustration, stress, etc.
- Be aware of your breath in your back body.
- Practice plenty of twists and side body openers.
- Notice the position of your ribs; draw them back into your body.
- Benefit from practicing at a moderate pace.
- Remind yourself that less is more.
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