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Ayurvedic Medicine

10 Things Only Pittas Will Understand

Does Ayurveda make your head spin? Here, Sahara Rose Ketabi, Ayurvedic practitioner and author of the forthcoming Idiot’s Guide to Ayurveda, breaks the pitta dosha down into terms we can understand.

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When Pittas are in balance, they are goal-oriented, ambitious, and passionate. When Pittas fall out of balance, they become angry, impatient, and forceful. If you’re a Pitta, you will likely relate to some of the following situations. (Take our Dosha Quiz now to discover your own mind-body type.)

1. You wake up in the morning knowing exactly what is you’ll be doing at every moment, from your 10-minute meditation to the phone calls you’ll check off your list while you’re stuck in rush-hour traffic.

hot yoga class

Some people call Pittas anal, but you prefer to see it as organized. When besides 6:30 am are you supposed to fit your Power Yoga class into a day of back-to-back meetings, grocery shopping runs, and highly curated Instagram posts?

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2. Coffee is the fire that lights your soul.

cleanse, tea, sip

Anything that makes you accomplish more is something Pittas want more of. When friends travel to tropical countries, they already know the souvenir you’ll appreciate most… coffee beans. Oh and chocolate.

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3. When it’s lunch time, you gotta eat. You’re known for getting hangry (hungry/angry) and can’t deny it.

friends eating lunch

Pittas’ bodies run on highly sensitive internal clock. “Schedule a meeting during lunch? Only if you want me to bite the other person’s head off,” you tell your assistant. Your belly doesn’t whisper—it roars. And if you don’t listen, everyone around you is going to have to.

See also 10 Things Only Kaphas Will Understand

4. Summer without AC is your form of torture.

is yoga cardio? Sweaty upward facing dog

It takes you back to summer you interned in New York City and lived in a lower East side apartment that could have easily doubled as a Bikram yoga studio—minus the chic lobby and welcoming receptionist. Pittas tend to run hot.

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5. You’re that person front and center in a yoga class taking every Chaturanga and Planks during Child’s Pose…

Plank Pose

Pittas don’t like to waste time. Being covered in sweat is meditative for you. Leaving a yoga class feeling like your body could have done more makes you more stressed out than you were before it. Another teacher may have better used the 60 minutes of your day you gave this one.

See also Yoga for Your Dosha: A Refreshing Pitta Yoga Sequence

6. You end up being the one who makes decisions in groups—otherwise nothing gets done.

friends laughing, three women, coffee, community

You learned that lesson in Kindergarten when your friends weren’t sure if they wanted to go jump rope or hit the monkey bars. Pittas are planners. That’s why YOU were the one to come up with the genius plan to do both. Needless to say, you’ve taken the lead ever since. Your family loves/despises you during vacations because you have every moment planned. How else will you be able to see all of the ruins and museums in such a short amount of time? Get moving people!

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7. You read Marie Kondo’s Magical Art of Tidying Up and wasn’t sure what the big deal was.

Minimalist Living Room at home

It read like someone just put your thoughts onto a page. Pittas are the ultimate organizers. To you, a messy home is obviously a messy mind. You secretly judge your friends who have junk drawers. Don’t they know those seldom get sorted out?

See also 4 Ways to Eco-Consciously Declutter Your Home

8. You go to the bathroom after every meal and don’t get how people can go the whole day without it.

Going to the bathroom

It’s like there’s a hot potato in your pants that must be released after that Buddha bowl. Pittas have strong digestive fire. What goes in must come out! It’s only natural!

See also Elemental Yoga: A Fire-Moving Yoga Practice for Pitta

9. Your friends are super jealous—if you work out once, you have muscle definition the next day.

Downward-facing dog, yoga class

You don’t know if your muscle memory is to be credited to your high school gymnastic days or your marathon-running Dad but athleticism is in your blood! Pittas are natural athletes.

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10. Your spirit animal is New York City.

new york city, central park

A city that stays up all night, gets more done in a minute than the rest of the country does in a year, boasts one of the most efficient public transformation systems on the planet and has every type of yoga-fusion class possible? YES, New York, you are my soul city!

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About Our Expert

Sahara Rose Ketabi is an expert in the mind-body connection and has been called “a leading voice speaking to the millennial generation” by Deepak Chopra . She is the author of the Idiot’s Guide to Ayurveda, with foreword by Deepak Chopra, Host of the Highest Self Podcast, blogger behind Eat Feel Fresh, as well as a Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner, Sports Nutritionist and Holistic Health Coach. She internationally known for her unique blend of ancient Eastern healing and spiritual systems and modern western psychology and science, and has spoken at events such as Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move Campaign at Harvard Medical School. Discover your mind-body type on her quiz at to receive a free 3-day mini-course and follow her on Instagram @EatFeelFresh for sacred wisdom from the physical to the metaphysical.

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