If you’re into all things health and wellness, chances are you’ve probably come across Ayurveda by now.
Whilst I’m definitely no expert on the subject (yet), it is a practice that most definitely resonated with me.
A holistic practice to cure my short temper, stressful mind and inflamed skin? I’m game.
Ayurveda is all about balance — balancing the emotional attributes and physical discomforts so there is an overall sense of peace.
Dating back to India thousands of years ago, the practice forces you to listen to your body. It guides you with the small and holistic steps you can take to achieve optimal health and harmony in the body, mind and spirit.
However, to know which practices to follow, you must first work out your dosha type.
There are so many quick and easy tests you can take online to find out what dosha type you predominantly fall into, but here’s my basic rundown.
The Vata is the person who is often cold.
They have problems regarding air – which can mean they are often gassy or bloated and in some cases, have problems focusing. They can be forgetful and may seem a little all over the place.
The Kapha is steady and heavy.
If you’re out of balance as a Kapha, you may feel sluggish at times and gain weight easily due to holding onto emotional grievances, regardless of being seemingly easygoing.
Then there’s the Pitta.
You can often spot a Pitta from a mile away. They are hardworking, motivated and love to be in control. However, their fiery tempers can mean they are hot headed and short tempered, stress and anxiety are normal to a Pitta. Physically, they have fast metabolisms‚- meaning hunger is a common part of their day and they need to eat exactly when they want to. For now, let’s focus on the Pitta and the key steps you can put into place to balance the scales.
You are what you eat.
As a Pitta, you’re most likely to be hot-headed and feel physically hot quite easily. Help to balance this by opting for an array of cooling foods such as cucumber, fennel, and leafy, cruciferous vegetables. Mint tea is the perfect cooling drink to enjoy in the evenings, whilst coconut water is ideal post-workout. Try to avoid spicy foods too, even though you’re most likely to be attracted to hot flavours the most.
Feeling anxious over starting that new job? Ready to snap at your boyfriend who left the toilet seat up again? You’re known for you hot head and fiery temper, and it can often leave you feeling overly worked up. Don’t make these attributes worse by overindulging the amount of stimulants you’re consuming. Try your best to avoid alcohol, caffeine and processed sugar, as these will only add to the fire.
Following on from the last point, make sure you take the time to breathe. Pittas are often so busy leading the pack that they forget to take a moment for themselves.
It’s always great to be motivated and hard working, but when things get too much, we can often feel overwhelmed and burnt out. Prevent this from happening by adding meditation to your daily routine, and take magnesium before bed to ensure your sleep is undisrupted. Try colouring instead of scrolling endlessly through your Instagram feed.
Good Morning, Sunshine.
The practice of Ayurveda focuses heavily on the importance of the morning routine. A Pitta should start as they mean to go on by waking up early, allowing for a slow and controlled morning. Again, take ten minutes out to meditate and set your intentions for the rest of the day. Ensure that your shower isn’t too hot to avoid over-heating first thing in the morning. It may also be a good idea to keep the temperature in your room fairly cool. You can also start to add Ashwagandha to your morning smoothie; it’s great for aiding stress management and keeping you energised throughout the day.
Slow and steady.
Pitta’s personality is more likely to be drawn to high intensity, fast paced workouts – which is absolutely fine. You want to get in and get out with maximum impact achieved. Try to schedule in some slower workouts such as yoga or stretching, which allow you to take a moment to calm down and focus on your body. Swimming is also a great way to get in a highly effective, muscle-toning workout that won’t stress the body.