5 Cooling Practices to Tame the Fires of Pitta


Did you know that Pitta has five fires? In Ayurveda, the pitta dosha—being the elements of fire and water—has five fires or functions. These five forms of agni or fire all serve to provide or promote active transformation on some level in mind and body. These five fires are called Sadhaka (intelligence/light of the mind), Alochaka (sight/visual perception), Pachaka (digestive fire), Bhrajaka (lustre/glow of the skin) and Ranjaka (imparts healthy color to blood/liver/excretions).

These are the functions of pitta in the body and keeping the fires burning bright means keeping them from consuming everything in a blaze, or from becoming extinguished and lackluster. So we need to keep the pitta fires in balance with practices that contribute to the overall health of body and mind, especially in the summertime.

5 cooling, soothing practices for the 5 fires of pitta:

Balance Sadhaka Pitta (the mind)

Incorporate soothing meditations for the mind. Five minutes is better than none at all. Avoid negative, critical thoughts. Chant Om Namah Shivaya (I bow to my highest Self, my Innate Perfection). Pitta can be super critical of self and others and is always striving for perfection. This mantra brings peace to the mind and encourages self-acceptance and love.

Balance Alochaka Pitta (the sight)

Cooling colors, gemstones and visual scenery—waterfalls, meadows, lakes, rivers, ponds. Think greens, blues, aquas, and white. Use or wear gemstones such as moonstone, chrysoprase, serpentine, jade, opal, pearl. Avoid harsh, violent films and garish visuals and colors.

Harmonize Pachaka Pitta (The Digestive Fire)

Keep the digestive fire balanced with cooling foods in the summer such as: cucumbers, salads, fennel, coriander, coconut water, dandelion, rice, sweet fruits. Avoid spicy, pungent, sour, salty, processed and oily foods. Eat for your body type.

Soothe Bhrajaka Pitta (The skin)

Nourish the skin with aloe; coconut oil; Pitta face/body oil with mentha, artemisia, and rosewood; aromatic spritzers with rose, orange blossom, lavender, peppermint. Avoid sunburn, excess heat, oily foods and remember to drink enough fresh water.

Detox Ranjaka Pitta (The liver and blood)

Enjoy liver tonics and elixirs of bitter greens; fresh juicing; herbal teas of fennel, coriander, rose, dandelion, and neem. Avoid heavy, oily foods and processed, refined and chemically preserved foods.

Ayurvedic practices observed seasonally bring health to the body and mind and when preparing your practice for the summer. Be mindful of keeping the pitta fires in balance. All of them!


Glynnis Osher

Glynnis was born and raised in South Africa and immigrated in 1986 to live in New York City. She moved for love to Vancouver in 2005. Glynnis is a passionate teacher and practitioner with a diverse background in Ayurvedic study, specializing in aromatherapy, lifestyle practices, nutrition and Indian head massage. Glynnis received her Ayurvedic certification from Bastyr University’s AYU Academy. Her studies in Ayurveda extend to The Wise Earth School of Ayurveda and through experiential study and travel in India and Nepal. Glynnis received certification in the Indian Head Massage from Bliss Prema and at the London School of Champissage with founder Narendra Mehta. She then integrated marma study with Dr. Vasant Lad of The Ayurvedic Institute. Glynnis created Thousand Petal Lotus Indian Head Massage in Vancouver BC where she offers treatments and trainings in her aromatic and unique style. Glynnis is on faculty at the Vancouver School of Bodywork and Massage (VSBM) where she teaches aromatherapy and shirobhyanga (Indian head massage). Glynnis is author of Mystic Musings and an Ayurvedic interview series called ‘PanchaQ!’ where she interviews yogis, practitioners and students to share their insights of an Ayurvedic life. Glynnis co-organizes the Vancouver Ayurveda Meet-Up Group and is founder and CEO of The Mystic Masala Ayurvedic Aromatherapy. As creative director, Glynnis designs exquisite Ayurvedic aromatherapy products and partners with a women’s fair trade herbal cooperative in Nepal to create authentic wild-crafted aromatherapy products.
Glynnis has been mixing up spice blends, fragrant potions and lotions and aromatic creations in her kitchen apothecary from a very young age. She loves to work with the wisdom of the herbs, spices and flowers where beauty and balance in nature are a guide and an inspiration for her. Through her rich personal life experience and expertise Glynnis inspires her students and clients to discover their own unique healing path through the sensual wisdom and beauty of aromatic Ayurveda.
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