Get Ready for a Vibrant Winter

Photo Credit:  Rodrigo Muñoz

Photo Credit: Rodrigo Muñoz

We are all transitioning from fall to the cold and dry long months of winter. The science of Ayurveda gives special attention to the seasonal changes. We are the extension of nature so as the environment goes through the seasonal changes our body and mind reflects the same too. Here are some simple winter tips to keep you warm, balanced and more vibrant:

  1. Eat food that is warm and fresh. Please know that our digestive fire does not get the same support as it would during the warmer months so all cold, dry and stale foods should be avoided. Drink soups and warm teas added with ginger, garlic, cardamom, clove, cinnamon and pepper.

  2. Eat seasonal fruits and vegetables. Do not eat cold fruits and yogurts in the morning. These can be eaten mid-afternoon.

  3. During winter we tend to drink less water. Be mindful about hydrating yourself well.

  4.  The lack of color in nature should motivate us to create more color around us. Use bright colors to create a vibrational energy and warmth.

  5. Winter months makes us lethargic and sluggish. We are not motivated enough to go out and walk, do yoga or exercise. Inactivity adversely affects the way our bodies’ process sugar and cholesterol giving rise to many imbalances which gets hard to get back to balance again as the winters are so long. Please create a 30 minutes schedule where you can do 5 minutes of sound vibration, 5 minutes of pranayama and 20 minutes of a head to toe stretching. Make this your daily habit and you will find your metabolism and digestion expressing balance and wellness!

  6. Keep your skin well hydrated and nothing better than pure aloe vera gel mixed with sesame oil. You can keep this blend ready and store in a glass jar. Apply before and after shower during winters.

  7. The best way to keep yourself warm when you are stepping out is to keep your earswell covered and protected from the cold winds.

  8. Please do not forget that Ayurvedic massages keep you de-stressed and in balance. Please schedule your warm oil massages regularly with Amita!

Summer Ayurveda Skin Care Regime

  • Wash your face with fresh cool water and then spray your face and neck with rose water. Let the face dry on its own. 
  • Mix organic aloe vera gel with rose essential oil and almond oil. Use a hand blender or blender to mix all three well till it reaches a creamy consistency. This cream can be used for face, body and also makes an amazing make up remover! Due to aloe it also protects the skin from the sun. 
  • Avoid alcohol, very spicy foods, excessive sex and heated arguments and anger!

Recipes for Better Digestion during Summer

  • Garnish in one tablespoon of coconut oil one clove of finely chopped garlic, 7-8 curry leaves and salt to taste. Add one cup of well-cooked basmati rice and one cup of organic yogurt (home set yogurt is the best). Add a little water to give it a smooth consistency. Eat this once a day.
  • Yogurt drink made with one-cup yogurt, two cups of water, salt to taste, grated ginger, fresh cilantro and ¼ tsp. of roasted cumin powder. All blended together into a refreshing summer yogurt drink. Recommended to be taken twice a day. 

Enjoy the summer better

Summer means hot and dry. Both these aspects effect our digestion and skin drastically. The science of Ayurveda mentions that seasons are not only important but has a healing and balancing effect on our health and mind. Thus, seasonal care is extremely important for maintaining this balance.

Usually imbalances emerge out of poor nutrition, no or low physical exercise and lifestyle that is contrary to nature. Ayurveda recommends:

Eat foods that are easy to digest, do not eat processed foods, sleep by 10 pm and wake up by 6 am, do simple breathing exercises in the morning and enjoy the morning fresh air, meditation practices for silencing the mind and maintaining a healthy body weight are the key elements for all rounded good health. 

These are few simple tips for taking good care of your digestion and skin during summer:

SUMMER DIGESTIVE CARE:

One major imbalance during summer is dehydration. During the hot season we often can experience summer diarrhea. All through summer be mindful about drinking enough water. You can make cooling white tea with lime juice and some honey. Take small sips of this tea. Use spices like coriander, fennel, cilantro and mint. Make salads of cucumber, leafy greens, avocado, fresh mint and cilantro. Stay away from salty and sugary foods, coffee, alcohol and fermented and canned foods.