The best exercise routines for the pitta dosha
Understanding your Ayurvedic body-mind type, or dosha can really help you to determine what type and intensity of exercise will be of most benefit for you and will actually leave you feeling good.
In Ayurveda, there are three different body types or constitutions known as doshas: kapha, pitta and vata which can be defined by particular patterns of behaviour and physical characteristics. If you don't know what your dosha is, take our quiz to find out.
The best exercise for Pitta
Pitta types are the natural athletes and are often found challenging themselves and pushing themselves to the limit.
Pitta types thrive in competitive sports environments and love to be the best. But they can get bored easily, and so benefit from fun, creative exercises that have a clear end goal. Pitta’s are not afraid of a challenging gym class or taking on a marathon for example, so exercises such as sprinting, cycling or regular high-intensity gym workouts can really help a pitta to let off all the accumulated steam from the day.
However, pitta types are naturally hot and fiery. So, whilst it’s beneficial for them to expel some excess heat, they need to counteract this afterwards by perhaps having a cool shower or massaging themselves with cooling oils such as coconut oil to help ground them.
It's also important for this mind-body type not to exercise outdoors in the hottest part of the day in summer, as this can be aggravating for pitta dosha. Exercising or practising in the outdoors can really help all three dosha connect with nature and help combat stress, anxiety and depression.
It's also important for all dosha types to consider mental exercise too. Meditative practice and breathing exercises help to calm the mind and improve oxygen supply to the brain. And it's very important to take time out of our busy lifestyles to focus on our mental health.