Yoga for Pittas


I am an advocate for True Yoga. Yoga was not designed as a fitness program, but a spiritual one. Sadly, more and more yoga fads are being created that everyone is jumping on the bandwagon to try, without realizing that even in a healthy person, different styles of yoga are NOT a healthy option for you. For instance, individuals who are a vata or pitta constitution would not benefit from heated yogas, in fact, they can be further aggravated and put out of balance by doing so. For a well balanced personal yoga practice, it is important to take into consideration the individual’s body structure, prakruti (original constitution), and vikruti (present constitutional imbalance). The following are general recommendations according to the predominant dosha. Please consult your doctor before beginning any programs listed un the Health section of this website.

Pittas need to mintain a calm, cool, and relaxed intention while doing asanas. Because asana practice tends to generate heat in the body, it is best to do them at cooling times of the day, such as dawn or dusk. Also, it is useful to place some emphasis on poses that help to release excess heat from the body, such as poses that compress the solar plexus and poses that open the chest.

Recommended Salutation/Series:
Moon Salutation:
 Tadasana (Mountain Pose )
 Urdhva Hastasana (Raised Arms Pose )
 Uttanasana (Standing Forward Bend)
 Lunge Pose (Lunge Pose)
 Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Facing Dog)
 Plank Pose (Plank Pose)
 Ashtanga Namaskara (Knees, Chest, Chin)
 Bhujangasana (Cobra)
 Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Facing Dog)
 Lunge Pose (Lunge Pose)
 Uttanasana (Standing Forward Bend)
 Urdhva Hastasana (Raised Arms Pose )
 Tadasana (Mountain Pose )

Recommended Postures:
 Trikonasana (Triangle Pose)
 Parivrtta Trikonasana (Twisting Triangle)
 Salabhasana (Locust)
 Dhanurasana (Bow)
 Pashchimottanasana (Seat Forward Bend)
 Upavistha Konasana (Open Angle Pose)
 Supta Baddha Konasana (Reclining Bound Angle Pose)
 Savasana (Breathing Easy Position)

Recommended Styles:
Jnana Yoga and Vedanta are good for pitta types because they often have sharp intellects and have a keen interest in self-study (Atma-vichara).

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