It’s Summertime – What if I’m Not a Pitta?
All this focus on Pitta Types – but what if your primary element isn’t Fire? All the advice still applies during the summer, if you feel like you’ve been experiencing a Pitta Imbalance. There are two concepts at play here, and understanding the difference between your primary consititution (Prakruti) and your current imbalances (Vikruti) is key when dialing in your lifestyle choices.
What does a summer heat induced Pitta Imbalance look like?
- Skin irritation, burn, rashes, or blistered skin due to overexposure to the sun.
- Irritable digestion, acid reflux, ‘heat’ in the gut or bowels
- Irritability, anger, impatience, short temperedness, road rage
- Difficulty not being in control, difficulty with spontaneity
How to achieve balance for combination types and non-Pittas:
Sometimes our primary Dosha is so pushed out of balance, that it affects the next in line. The way the hierarchy goes is roughly Vata –> Pitta –> Kapha. Vata dosha is the fastest mover, and the quickest out (and back in) balance. It often spills into Pitta and Kapha. Kapha is a slow moving dosha, taking a while longer to fall out of balance (but taking a lot longer to get back into balance). To work therapeuticly with the doshas, remember the adage, “like increases like”, and bring in the opposite element to soothe and coax back into balance. A Pitta Imbalance may show up similarly for all constitutions, and if you’re experiencing any of the above symptoms, you can focus on your Vikruti, or current Pitta imbalance, with your lifestyle, diet, yoga, and mental/emotional practices. See previous posts for more information!
This is nuanced work – finding out exactly how to diagnose imbalances, and what to do to bring about balance. Always talk to your Ayurvedic Practitioner before going too far down the rabbit hole, and especially before self-prescribing any herbs.