By Faye Martins
Ayurveda and Yoga are sister sciences that complement each other beautifully. Both of these spiritually scientific approaches to health and well-being arose approximately 5,000 years ago in the Himalayan mountain region of India. Ayurveda and Yoga practices and wisdom guide a Yogi or Yogini in creating vibrant good health on all levels of his or her body-mind complex through a combination of good dietary habits, a regular practice of Yoga asanas, balance and moderation in all areas of life and specific herbal remedies when necessary.
The term “dosha” is a term from Ayurveda that refers to an individual’s emotional, mental and physical constitution. Many of the Ayurvedic remedies and recommendations are based on a person’s predominant dosha and whether or not that particular dosha is in or out of balance. Tailoring your Yoga practice to help balance your Pitta dosha is a wonderful complement to other Ayurvedic recommendations.
The Pitta dosha is one of fire and transformation. Pitta dosha individuals have a very fiery nature and can be quite intense. They are direct, goal-oriented and intelligent. People with a predominantly Pitta dosha can also be very quick to anger and just as quick to forgive. They have a strong zest for life, including a strong sex drive. When a Pitta individual is in balance, he or she sleeps well for relatively short periods of time and has a strong appetite and perfect digestion with abundant levels of energy. When a Pitta is out of balance, anger may arise easily and quickly and his or her temper may have a short fuse. A Pitta who is out of balance frequently suffers from indigestion and ulcers.
A restorative or Yin Yoga practice is a great way to cool, sooth and re-balance the Pitta dosha. Because a Yogi or Yogini whose nature is largely Pitta is often very intense, goal-oriented and fiery; a gentle, compassionate and relaxed attitude towards a Pitta-balancing Yoga practice is of utmost importance. Twisting postures help to release anger and tension throughout the side torso and in the back side of the body. Slow, supported forward bends also help to lower anxiety and stress levels while cooling the mind and body.
However, the specific poses are not as important as the way the poses are accomplished. An out-of-balance Pitta Yoga practitioner is best served by engaging in a soothing, restorative Yoga practice with a strong focus on releasing pent-up stress, irritation and anger. This release is accomplished by focusing on exhaling fully throughout the practice and surrendering into the poses with a compassionate and non-judgmental attitude.
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