January 28, 2013
Winter Season Ayurvedic Tips
Last week in classes, I talked a bit about how we can balance our personal energies based on the winter season and according to Ayurveda, and how to experience each day from a more balanced state.
Ayurveda is an ancient Indian philosophy which literally means “the science of life.” This science of life teaches us to maintain balance in our bodies and minds as a way of preventing any dis-ease in these areas.
January can be a very over-active time for Vata energy, which is dry, cold, bitter, jittery, highly active, and anxious. If you are feeling like these qualities are elevated, or even over-active in yourself, here are some simple lifestyle changes you can make to create more balance and comfort:
- If you are cold, put on a sweater, socks or a blanket. (seems like common sense, but we don’t always do it) 🙂
- Allow time for periodic rest periods throughout your day. (5-10 minutes of spontaneous svasana can be VERY healing and balancing!)
- Eat foods that are cooked, warm/hot, moist, and oily like soups, roasted veggies, chili, etc. (this means healthy oils like sesame or olive oil)
- Massage your entire body with organic oil and let sit for 5-30 minutes before showering or bathing, and do not neglect the soles of your feet and your scalp. Organic sesame oil is great here, and feels sensational! Please be sure to ground your step upon entering tub or shower, you will be slippery.
- Invite an Asana practice into your life that includes slooooww moving postures that naturally build heat within the body. A faster-moving practice can aggravate this seasons Vata energy.
In the future, when early Spring approaches, this is when you will be best balanced with a faster-paced asana practice and eating more cold, raw foods like salads. Save them for Spring, and cook your spinach for now! 😉