General Pitta balancing program
In this page you can read about how to balance pitta (fire-water elements) in your body and mind.
Follow the recommendations below if your prakruti (birth dominant) is pitta, or if you have a vikruti (imbalance) in pitta.
You can find out your prakruti/vikruti by the PDE (present dominating elements) self-test at the bottom of this page.
- Avoid excessive heat
- Avoid overexposure to direct sunlight
- Balance rest and activity
- Spend time in the nature
- Avoid alcohol and tobacco
- Avoid overworking
- Use coconut on the scalp to cool down
- Don’t skip a meal
- Eat at regular times
- Eat cooling and calming food
- Choose fresh vegetables and fruits
- Choose the food which are sweet, bitter and astringent
- Choose food with starchy, sweet and grounding properties
- Avoid fried and spicy food
- Avoid food which are pungent, sour and salty
- Avoid processed sweets
- Don't eat when angry, irritated or disappointed
- Drink plenty of water
Here you find a basic yoga program to balance pitta. For instructions on how to perform the asanas, longer programs and therapeutic yoga for 50 different symptoms/diseases refer 'Yoga is my therapy'/'Yoga är min terapi'.
To think about when practicing yoga for pitta
- Let go of tension
- Perform the asanas gently
- Keep the body cool
- Avoid self criticism
- Allow yourself to rest
- Practice patience
- Take it easy
Dharana is the initial state of meditation, used in the beginning of your yoga program to draw maximum concentration into your practice.
Dhyana is practiced at the end of your yoga program. Dhyana means a state of meditative mind and while Dharana draws your focus into a single thought, Dhyana dissolute every single thought by the feeling of being in the moment. Staying in one feeling without any thoughts can be a challenge for the beginners but through the continuous practice your mind will gradually reach there.
Dharana and dhyana can be practised outside your yoga practise too. In that case chose a position where you can be relaxed but awake in mind and body, for example Diamond pose or any of its variations.
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