Yoga Asanas for Pitta Dosha

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It is important for Pitta to be away from any yoga pose that can be very energizing and heat generating, such as the Surya Namaskar. Cooling poses work best, and are most effective when done in a calm and relaxed manner.

1. Ustrasana (Camel Pose)

  1. Kneel on the floor with knees hip width apart and thighs perpendicular. Anchor knees and tops of feet into the ground.
  2. Place palms on the buttocks, fingers pointing down. Keeping thighs straight, push tail bone forwards
  3. Lean backwards, opening up the chest and pushing shoulder blades back. Move hands down towards the heels, keeping thighs straight.
  4. Get deeper into the pose by slowly opening up the ribs and lifting the pelvis up. Drop head back if it can be comfortably done. Hold for 30 seconds and rest in Child’s pose.

2. Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose)

  1. Lie on the floor, face down and tops of the feet resting on the floor.
  2. Place hands on either side of chest, spread out and with elbows close to the body.
  3. Press down on the floor with the palms, upper thighs and pubic bone.
  4. Lift head and chest up, pulling up by straightening the arms. Keep palms planted and pubic bone on the floor.
  5. Puff the chest out, drawing the shoulders out. Keep a slight bend in the elbows and keep head relaxed. Hold for 30 seconds.

3. Eka Pada Rajakapotasana (Pigeon Pose)

  1. Kneel on the ground, torso upright and back straight, arms by the side.
  2. Lower the body, stretching right leg far out behind and bending left leg so that left foot is near the right groin.
  3. Open hips up to ensure torso is facing front and right leg is straight.
  4. Lean forward to puff the chest out and place hands on the ground in front.
  5. Hold for 30 seconds and repeat on the other side.

 4. Dhanurasana (Bow Pose)

  1. Lie on the floor, face down with hands by the side, palms up.
  2. Bend knees and bring heels to buttocks. Reach hands back and grasp ankles. Keep knees not more than hip width apart.
  3. Lift heels off buttocks and thighs off floor, raising upper body at the same time. Keep tailbone directed to floor and head separated from shoulders. Hold for 20 seconds.

 5. Savasana (Corpse Pose)

  1. Lie down with arms out by the side, palms up and fingers in a natural curl.
  2. Let legs be hip width or more apart, feet pointing outwards naturally.
  3. Close eyes and keep head relaxed, away from shoulders. Let eyeballs sink into the socket and leave the mouth a little open.
  4. Relax every part of the body, starting from the toes all the way up to the head. Be slow and deliberate.

People with a Pitta disposition need to balance out their fiery temperament with cool headedness, calm and they should avoid extremes in anything. Sticking to a diet comprising of Pitta balancing foods and performing cooling yoga poses will go a long way in keeping the fire in check and maintaining a good balance in the doshas.

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