Ayurveda for Winter
Winter is a period of cloudy skies, and cold, damp, heavy atmosphere. This is a Vata-Kapha dominant season. Hence a Kapha pacifying lifestyle should be followed especially for Kapha dominant personalities. Certain Vata pacifying measures also need to be followed as there is some dryness, wind and cold too during this season.
One need not wake up too early during winter as it is still quite dark and days are shorter.
- Beneficial yoga exercises are sun salutations which are done more vigorously.
- Positions like fish, locust, shoulder stand, head stand, camel, lion, bow etc are good for this time of the year.
- Breathing exercises like Bhastrika Pranayama, Kapalabhati are good.
- This is also a good time to do regular oil massages with warm sesame seed oil
- Avoid excess of sweet, sour and salty foods. Take more of spicy, bitter and astringent foods.
- Plenty of herbal teas and warm spices are very beneficial in winter.
- One can also do a mild detoxification at this time to remove excess Kapha from the body.
- Herbs like Turmeric and Pippali are very good during winter as they fight infections and strengthen the immune system.
- Regular massages like the Udvartana (herbal scrub) massage, nabhiu abhyanga (abdominal massage) or Marma massage (energy point massage) are really good during winter.
- Add herbs and spices like cinnamon, cardamom, cloves black pepper to foods, drinks and beverages.
- Avoid faulty food combinations such as fruit and dairy and fish and dairy during winter.
- If possible follow a mild fasting suing winter to help stimulate the digestive and the immune system.
- Follow every meal with a cup of hot ginger lemon tea.
- Warm lentil soup or yellow mung bean soup is not only nourishing but also quite cleansing during winter.