In between fire and water is a space of harmony. In this space, both elements – though seemingly opposing – are equalized. They ebb and flow, but never overtake the other. This is what balanced pitta dosha, represented by the elements of fire and water, looks like.
As we move out of the damp, earthy kapha season and into sharp, hot pitta season (mid-May through mid-September) we may notice our bodies reflecting more of the fire element that governs pitta dosha. In the heat of summer, we can find balance by moderating that fire with pitta’s other element, water.
Pitta dosha governs metabolism and digestion. We tend to think of digestion as the process of breaking down food for energy, but we also digest emotions, thoughts and the world around us. Pitta is responsible for all forms of digestion. As pitta helps us digest food and life experiences, it creates heat that metabolizes what we take in and purifies the body. When pitta is balanced, this heat results in courage, motivation, energy, good muscle tone, organization, sharp intellect and the ability to see the bigger picture in life. If pitta is out of balance, you’ll see fiery emotions, like anger and impatience, hot flashes, hyper-criticism, and health issues related to the fire element – acid reflux, red and itchy eczema, excess sweating, bad breath and conditions that end in "itis."
The Ayurvedic concept that like increases like and the opposite brings balance is the key to balancing pitta dosha. Moderation – tempering heat with cool – during this pitta season can help you stay cool in body and mind.
Here are some tips to guide you through pitta season this summer: