Definition - What does Sadhaka Pitta mean?
Sadhaka Pitta is a subtype of the pitta dosha in Ayurveda, responsible for governing the heart and mind. Sadhaka means 'to achieve' in Sanskrit, and Sadhaka Pitta is the fire that motivates us to accomplish tasks.
If Sadhaka Pitta is in balance, you will feel energized to achieve goals and reach aspirations. If Sadhaka Pitta is out of balance, you will lack motivation and zeal for life, and you are susceptible to suffer from depression and anxiety.
Yogapedia explains Sadhaka Pitta
According to Ayurveda, there are three doshas or fundamental energies that govern physical, mental and emotional characteristics: vata, pitta and kapha. Pitta is the dosha associated with fire, and within pitta there are said to be five subtypes of fire:
- Sadhaka Pitta - fire of the heart and mind
- Alochaka Pitta - fire of sight and visual perception
- Pachaka Pitta - digestive fire
- Bhrajaka Pitta - fire that causes lustre/glow of the skin
- Ranjaka Pitta - fire that imparts healthy color to blood/liver/excretions
As well as providing motivation to achieve goals, Sadhaka Pitta governs emotions. Weak Sadhaka Pitta can lead to emotional imbalance, depression, anxiety, negative thinking, insomnia and restlessness. If Sadhaka Pitta is not strong, you have weak dhi (ability to learn), dhriti (ability to retain information), and smriti (ability to recall).
Some people are born with weak Sadhaka Pitta, whereas others may develop it by living in the wrong environment or eating the wrong foods for their dosha. In order to bring Sadhaka Pitta back to balance, it's recommended to wake up before sunrise and go to bed before 10pm. Pranayama, soothing meditations and chanting Om Namah Shivaya mantra are all beneficial practices for balancing Sadhaka Pitta.