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Pitta Dosha Characterstics

Pitta dosha is the principle of transformation. Pitta people change things and typically they change some for better. Pitta dosha have the capability of looking at a situation and saying what needs fixing here. And they can see how they fix it. Pittas act like they are the bosses of the world. They are the one who can clearly see how to get from point A to point B in the most efficient fashion.

If you are a pitta dosha person you may find yourself being the leader in the groups that you are involved in. More than often you’ll be called to solve problems because you have a way of approaching things analytically and seeing what is really important. Physically pitta dosha person tends to have greater angularity than vata.

The angularity of the jawline and eyes of pitta dosha person are usually deep set. They often have a very intense gaze. Their build is typically medium. It’s called the mesomorphic frame, which means that the shoulder are little broader than the hips. In pitta women the typical physical shape is similar to an hourglass. Whereas vata women tend to have a rectangular frame,  while pitta have the curves. The curves are not traumatic or voluptuousness but because they have a medium build, they definitely have a very feminine shape.

Their feature tends to be very regular with a great deal of symmetry of the face. They like uniformity while vata dosha tends to lack uniformity. Mentally and emotionally pitta struggles more with anger and judgment. When they look at a situation their tendency is to assess what’s wrong with it and to look for ways in which it can be fixed. They tend to be goal oriented in their approach and, they can be very intense.

Pitta people get frustrated when something interferes with them when they are working through the process. Anything that gets in their way is slowing them down from reaching from their goal is an obstacle that needs to be removed. Because of their goal orientation and the intensity they often become workaholic.

When they become frustrated if they are out of balance they are likely to blame someone else for their frustration. So although they are likely to blame others, they also hold themselves accountable about what’s happening around them. If they need an escape from their present moment because of frustration, they often escape into their work and they may disappear for hours or days at a time as they continue to focus on the goal that they have set out for themselves.

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Vata Dosha Characteristics

The dosha, the word itself means fault.

If you have doshic tendencies, that always pulls you to do things faster. When you do those things faster, you are going to get exhausted. If you have a doshic tendency that one should do things sharper and harder, and the more sharp and hard you go, the more you are going to burn yourself up.

If you have doshic tendencies to be more lethargic and, the more you slow down, the more you indulge in those tendencies, and more slow and lethargic you become.

When you live in alignment with ‘doshic’ tendencies you create disease. When you live and make choices opposite those tendencies to pacify those tendencies you create health.

Vata Dosha

Vata is the principle of movement. People who are of vata nature tend to move faster than others, they move in many different directions, they feel most comfortable when they are on their feet and headed to the next activity.

The dosha represents itself through physical aspects, mental and emotional tendencies as well as common disease conditions or common challenges. The physical aspects of vata dosha: People who have a good amount of vata dosha in their makeup tend to be long and lean. If you going to draw a picture of this person you might want to draw a stick figure because of the body structure they have. They tend to be towards extremes very tall or very short. So they have got these long narrow frames.

Mentally and emotionally vata dosha: They have a tendency to be anxious and worrisome because vata is always on the move and never right in this moment.

When there is nothing to worry about in the present, they generate an imaginary ‘what if’ scenario. Everything is fine right now but what if everything changes. So the tendency of being anxious and worrisome is an aspect of vata imbalance.

They may have difficulty concentrating. They may be easily confused and distracted not because they lack intellect but because their intellect and their mind is moving so quickly that it’s hard for them to be here in this moment without distraction.

They also have a broad range of interests. They don’t like to go necessarily deep with something but they would like to have a taste of everything. They want to have new experiences, they want to see everything they can see and feel everything they can feel in a very short period of time because for them their life will only be fully lived if they go out and experienced as much as they possibly could.

When they seek escape if they are overwhelmed in this moment, they might want to get away and what they do is they seek out another new experience, another moment, something else to invest their time in. There are many positive aspects of vata dosha, these people are fun, they can look at any situation and see the positive side of it. They are not caught up looking things in just one way. They are flexible and adaptable, they are creative. They can look at something and say how to use it in a brand new way.

You want these people to plan your parties and you want them to show up for your parties because they make sure that everyone has a great time. They are quick-witted, funny and and open minded.

When you explain your opinion to vata dosha person they are likely to agree fully with what you are saying and then when they are talking to someone who holds a completely opposite opinion they’ll agree fully with them too.  They do not feel the need to have really strong opinions. This can be difficult when it comes to decision making. They can’t decide because they have no criteria for decision. They will often wait and make a decision in the moment based on how they feel or based on intuition.

Vata dosha may also present some challenges that are commonly experienced for vata dosha. Physically they may have poor digestion – gas, bloating, pain when digesting food and, they may struggle with elimination and constipation. In their body they may experience dryness like dry skin, dry eyes, dry throat or coldness where they don’t make enough heat so they often feel really cold. They are always carrying sweaters with them.

Even on the nice warm day because they can have a hard time retaining the heat they generate. If vata dosha imbalance goes on for a long time the body begins to break down, they lose body tissue and that can lead to breakdown of body systems.

So vata dosha imbalance begins in the digestive system, begins to create dryness in the fluids of the body and that dryness can lead to a deep dryness and destruction of the organs. Emotionally they have struggle with fear and worry and anxiety. The more overwhelmed they are by their life the more their worries take hold.

Their tendency is to feel fear. Their action after they feel that fear is to worry about the plan. How can I avoid that fear in the future? When they feel like they can’t avoid that fear in the future,  they have anxiety.

The other thing I have seen with vata dosha is that they are often involved reimagining the past or fantasizing the future. So vata dosha as the principle of movement has a tendency to want to move more and more.

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Ayurvedic Weight Management

In Ayurveda, weight management is based on one’s dosha.  Even Vatas, who are normally thin and lanky, may have problems with weight gain.

For Vata types, weight gain may be because of a metabolism change, or because they are mentally stressed.  Under stress, Vatas often eat irregularly, which disturbs the digestion.  So for Vatas, routine is crucial.  Vatas need to eat warm, cooked meals at a regular time each day, and make sure they get enough sleep.  They need to eat in a relaxed, calming atmosphere and not be rushed.

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Pittas have problems with weight gain when they don’t eat regularly.  They have a lot of fire in their system, and that fire needs something to cook.   If it doesn’t, then their metabolism slows down and toxins build up.  It is important that Pitta types not skip breakfast.  Hyperacidity is also an issue with Pittas, so they need to avoid both sour and spicy foods. Favor cooling foods and spices.

Kaphas are naturally prone to weight gain, and usually this stems from a slow metabolism.  So Kaphas need to start with balancing the metabolism, increasing the ability to digest sugars and carbs, and getting on a Kapha diet and lifestyle routine.  One way to boost metabolism is by adding some of the fire element into both food and lifestyle.  Use spices that are pungent, such as pepper, ginger, and turmeric.  Favor both bitter and astringent tastes, like leafy green veggies, beans, broccoli and sprouts.  Make sure vegetables are cooked and warm, as raw vegetables are hard to digest.  Quinoa and Basmati rice are both good grains for balancing Kapha because they have a drying quality to them.  Sipping warm water throughout the day (allow water to boil, then cool before drinking) also helps to add fire to the body.  Avoid heavy, cold, and fried foods.  Exercise vigorously on a regular basis.

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Powerful tonic for the digestive system

If you are feeling sluggish, dull or constipated, chances are toxins are building up in your body. According to Maharishi Ayurveda, toxins accumulate when your digestion — and elimination — are out of balance, which can lead to skin breakouts, menstrual cramps, fatigue, feelings of sadness and many other health issues.

Good news: Balancing your digestion and elimination is a specialty of Maharishi Ayurveda, and many of our herbal formulas are designed to do just that. Of these, one of the most effective is Organic Digest Tone, which contains a powerful ayurvedic combination of herbs called Triphala.
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Organic Digest Tone contains three remarkable fruits — amla, chebulic myrobalan and belleric myrobalan — and each possesses the superior rejuvenative and health-giving qualities known as a Rasayana. Because Organic Digest Tone contains three elixirs in one compound, it is considered one of the most valuable herbal preparations in the world. In addition, a fourth ingredient, cabbage rose, is added to support the synergy of the other ingredients and promote their effectiveness.

How does it work? A mild laxative, it purifies so gently that when used over a long period of time, it allows even the deepest tissues and organs of the body to release toxins. Despite its powerful cleansing quality, it actually supports food absorption rather than depleting the body of nutrients. Organic Digest Tone promotes ojas, the finest product of digestion, which creates luster in the skin and rejuvenates vital energy.

One more thing makes Organic Digest Tone stand out: Maharishi Ayurveda Products uses only the rarest, highest grade of fruits, as described in the traditional texts. And to ensure that only the purest ingredients reach your cells, we use fruits grown without pesticides, chemical fertilizers or exposure to environmental pollutants. Finally, our fruits are harvested only when they are ripe on the tree, to ensure that you receive the full value of this amazing Rasayana.

Organic Digest Tone is revered in ayurveda for its cleansing and nourishing benefits:

  • Cleanses, tones and rejuvenates the digestive tract
  • Detoxifies the liver, intestines and blood
  • Purifies the urine
  • Promotes urinary tract health
  • Enhances the 13 agnis (digestive enzymes)
  • Assists the body in absorbing nutrients from food.Organic Digest Tone is antioxidant-rich.
  • Promotes healthy circulation and includes capillary-supporting flavonoids; works as a cardio tonic
  • Helps body tissue to detoxify slowly, including blood, muscle and fat tissues
  • Assists with maintaining healthy levels of cholesterol
  • Constituents include vitamin C and quercetin
  • Supports respiratory health
  • Assists the body with normal elimination, acting as a mild laxative
  • Assists the body in weight balance
  • As an added benefit, it is nourishing to both the eyes and the skin
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Six Top Ways To Support Your Digestion

Our bodies require a peaceful, relaxing atmosphere to process food properly.  That means, we should sit down to eat without watching TV, reading newspapers, working at the computer or doing any other distracting activities.

Eating while sitting and without distractions allows the stomach to settle into a relaxed posture and enables the mind to focus on the design, ingredients, taste, texture, and smell of the meal. Mindful eating like this greatly benefits digestion and nutrition absorption.

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Ayurvedic Tips For Healthy Digestion

1. Avoid drinking ice cold water and eating cold foods.
It causes stagnation of the Agni, digestive fire.

2. Don’t combine cold drinks and cold foods with warm cooked foods.
It can cause indigestion such as bloating, cramps and other digestive discomfort symptoms.

3. Drink one hour before and after your meal.  Not earlier.
If you fill your stomach with too much fluid before or after a meal, you literally extinguish your digestive fire.

4. Sit down for your meal.
Don’t eat or drink on the go. And you guessed it, eating in the car while driving is also a bad idea.

5. Rest laying on your left side for 10 minutes after each meal.
This simple practice allows the stomach and pancreas to hang naturally, allowing for healthy digestion through proper production of digestive enzymes. If laying is not a possibility, you can alternatively opt to take a short, moderate “digestive” walk.  Such movement, which is not too vigorous, is highly supportive for digestion.

6. Chew fennel seeds or drink fennel tea after your meal.
Fennel will beat the bad breath, soothe the digestive tract, prevent the formation of gas, and boost metabolism.  Doesn’t that sound great?

This article by Jitka Robinson was originally posted on www.jitkarobinson.com

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The Power of Digestive Fire

When it comes to digestion, Ayurveda opens up a whole new world of revelations and realizations – revelations about the way your digestive system works with you as a whole and realizations about many ways you can take control of your body through natural ways and remedies. Your digestion is the most critical part of health care. And Ayurveda tells you it is not about just the perfect working of your liver, or just eating a ‘healthy’ diet or just doing certain exercises, it is about you consciously finding the best, holistic balance in your lifestyle for yourself.

Digestive Fire or Agni influences your digestion which, in turn affects the speed at which you age, your mental performance, your emotions and much more!

How Digestion Affects Ageing…

Slow digestion can result into a slow metabolism at the tissue level as (the digestive fire nourishes the tissue fire which in turn governs the metabolism, this leads to faster degeneration of the tissues with deranged replenishment and excretion of wastes, leading to faster ageing.

How it influences your mental performance / health…

If your digestive fire is affected, say, is irregular (Vishama Agni) for example, it produces Vata, that leads to anxiety and impulsive behaviour. Hyperactive Digestive fire, produces more of Pitta leading to aggression and Slow Digestive fire, which produces more of Kapha, produces recluse and lethargy.

Digestion and your bones…

Digestion can also affect bone health. If irregular digestive fire, produces Vata, that leads to the wear and tear of bones, the aggravation of Vata can cause Vata bone disorders like Osteopenia and Osteoporosis, as Vata has an affiliation with bones. Hyperactive Agni, produces more of Pitta leading to acidic blood, as Pitta has an affinity towards blood and can cause inflammation in joints and precipitation of uric acid in bones causing gout.

Slow Digestive fire, which produces more of Kapha, affects blood plasma which causes bone diseases like rheumatoid arthritis and stiffness of joints.

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