• Emily O'Brien

What is Pitta Dosha?

Updated: Aug 20, 2021

Hi loves! I'm excited because we’re moving onto the next dosha in our three part series today. The three doshas are Kapha (water and earth), Pitta (fire and water), and Vata (air and ether). Today we're looking at Pitta-- the middle of the cycle, when productivity is high. Pitta is the doer.

For example:

Pitta season is summer, the middle of the seasonal year when yang energy is high.

Pitta time of day is 10am-2pm, the middle of the day, when we get the most done.

Pitta time of life is after puberty up until menopause (or roughly the age of retirement), the middle of our life cycle when we work the hardest.

Pitta is the middle stage of digestion; after consumption, before elimination, where food transforms into ahara rasa (the essence or elemental qualities of the food).


The elements that make up pitta dosha are fire and a little bit of water. It’s the fire behind our transformation and drive. This is most commonly discussed as the digestive fire, also known as jatharagni or pachaka pitta. But the transformative fire of pitta can also be found in the eyes (digests vision), skin (digests light and oils), mind (digests experiences, intellectualizes, fires up our drive), and more. Pitta invigorates our body and mind and provides color to our skin, blood, bile, and so on.


Pitta dosha is hot, light, unstable, sharp, and clear. These qualities show up in our physical body and features, mental tendencies, and personality.

Mind-Body Type.

Our pitta nature is our ability to focus, achieve, and transform. Pitta’s leadership qualities are imperative for achieving organized, productive, and successful endeavors. However, too much pitta in the mind-body can cause all sorts of issues including inflammation, burning indigestion and mucous membranes, skin issues like acne or eczema, as well as anger, resentment, irritability, and burn-out.

The pitta body type is a mesomorph: moderate frame, medium-sized features, with the potential for very strong, defined muscles. Because pitta energy is hot, driven, and transformative, their bodies are very responsive to exercise and food intake. They gain muscle easily, but can lose it just the same if they don’t keep it up (although, naturally, they generally do stick to their workout routines). Because their digestive fire is so strong, they tend to have big appetites and can eat any time. If they miss a meal, they tend to become hangry.


The pitta person is like a bull. They’re passionate, driven, focused, and charge ahead toward their goal without anything getting in their way. They’re smart, tactful, and inspiring. When they really focus and dedicate themselves to a project, they easily move mountains and gain followers along the way.

When under stress, a pitta-dominant person tends to become short tempered, irritable, angry, overly critical, and intense. They can work themselves to the bone, burning the candle at both ends, so to speak, and will ultimately experience extreme burn out that leaves them unable to continue onward. Pitta people benefit greatly from finding ways to cool off, both mentally and physically. Scheduling time every day to completely relax and experience pure pleasure will give pitta the rejuvenation necessary to see things through in a healthy and sustainable way.


Pitta’s primary location is in the small intestine, but can also be found in the blood, lower stomach, liver, spleen, gallbladder, sweat glands, skin, and eyes.


The doshas fluctuate within us all the time. You may be a kapha dominant person by original nature, but due to environmental factors and lifestyle habits, you may start experiencing anger or inflammation, for instance.

In order to pacify the excess pitta and come back to balance, you'll have to change some of your habits (diet, exercise, relationships, etc.). More on this in the upcoming weeks. :)

Remember, we all have (and need) every dosha within us. Most people don’t resonate 100% to any one dosha, because we are a unique combination of all three. We do tend to have one or two dominant doshas within us though.

Knowing which doshas are dominant or out of balance within us is the first step to feeling good in our body and mind again. This is just a summary of the pitta dosha and isn’t intended to diagnose or treat anyone. Book a personal consultation with me for a deeper analysis of your doshic constitution, and together we can work on your personal healing journey. :)

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