Anger and hostility are signs of aggravated pitta in the nervous system. Pitta is necessary for right understanding and judgment, but when it gets disturbed or out of balance, it creates misunderstanding and wrong judgment, leading to anger and hostility. The aim is to bring the pitta back to its normal constitutional function. Here are several simple asanas and remedies to cool down that hot pitta and keep tempers under control.
DIET: Perhaps most important, a person who becomes angry easily or often; should avoid hot, spicy and fermented foods, citrus fruits and sour fruits. Favour simple, bland foods and cool drinks, and avoid alcohol and drinks with caffeine.
KEEP COOL: It's also not recommended for people with a pitta body type to take saunas or steam baths, to get overheated from exercise or sports, or to be in too much direct sun. In other words keep cool.
OIL MASSAGE: Rub some bhringaraj oil or coconut oil on your scalp and on the soles of the feet. That will help to bring down the excess pitta. You can do this every night before getting to bed regularly to moderate pitta. Be sure to wear some old socks and a hat, or put a towel on your pillow to prevent the oil from spreading.
USE SANDALWOOD OIL: Another simple and effective way to help balance your emotions is to place a drop of sandalwood essential oil on the 'third eye' area between your eye brows, as well as on the throat, navel, temples and wrists. Just a small amount of oil is sufficient.
HERBAL TEAS: Drink chamomile-tulsi-rose tea.
Chamomile - 1 part
Tulsi (holy basil) - 1 part
Rose petal powder - 2 parts
Stir ½ teaspoon of this mixture in 1 cup of hot water, cool it and then drink.
You can drink it three times a day after each meal. You can use an even simpler formula. Take ½ teaspoon of chamomile and 1 teaspoon of fresh, finely chopped cilantro leaves, and stir them in 1 cup hot water for about 10 minutes. Allow this tea to cool before you drink it.
HAVE A PITTA-PACIFYING DRINK: In 1 cup of grape juice, add ½ teaspoon cumin, ½ teaspoon fennel, and ½ teaspoon sandalwood powder. This cooling, pitta-pacifying drink will help settle angry feelings and other pitta symptoms such as burning in the stomach. You will become quite tranquil; anger and hostility will dissolve like a cloud in the sky.
DO BREATHING: A cooling pranayama to help dissipate anger is shitali pranayama. Make a tube of your tongue; breathe deeply through your mouth down into your belly; hold the breath for a few seconds; exhale through your nose. Do about 12 repetitions.
YOGA POSTURES: Good yoga asanas for pitta include the camel, cobra, cow, boat and bridge poses.
MEDITATE: There is an ancient method of meditation that involves watching every emotion of yours come and go, without either naming it or trying to tame it. As the feelings arise, breathe deeply and exhale the emotions out.
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